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Pas de Chát: Talking Dance

Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a dance studio at one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world? Or wondered what was going through Giselle's mind as she lifted her leg to her ear? There is a lot more to the politics of dance than lithe women wearing pointe shoes being hoisted into the air by men in tights. Listen in for a weekly conversation on all aspects of the professional dance world as Barry Kerollis, freelance choreographer and popular blogger, candidly shares his experiences and thoughts on the workings of the dance world as he travels the globe creating ballets, teaching future generations of dancers, and performing for audiences.
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Pas de Chát’s host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

Mar 15, 2019

We all have our favorite full-length ballets; from Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But how do professional companies piece these massive works together? Listen in for a full breakdown of what goes into building a story ballet for the stage.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Mar 1, 2019

There is a range of programs available to choreographers that provide creative space for the development of ideas and preparation for future performances. In this episode, Barryshares what he learned while applying for the CUNY Dance Initiative space residency and offers information, tips, and tricks for any dance maker who is looking for similar opportunities. 

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Feb 15, 2019

The dance world is full of celebration, stress, and tons of very young artists who receive little emotional support in their high stress jobs. In this week’s episode, Barry talks about the culture of alcohol amongst artists and why they use it.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Feb 1, 2019

As a teacher, one of the most common questions Barry fields is whether a dancer is ready to go professional. Listen in to this week’s episode as he explains what he shares with students who train in a variety of styles and who have a range of professional aspirations in dance.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Jan 18, 2019

After spending nearly a month traveling throughout Southeast Asia, Barry talks about his travels and shares how experiencing other cultures influences his life, heart, and art.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Dec 7, 2018

In this 2018 finalé, Barry shares with listeners how he sets goals, works towards them, and assesses his successes and failures. Listen in to hear his process and for valuable information to achieve your own goals and dreams into 2019.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Nov 23, 2018

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Barry shares appropriate ways to show your appreciation to everybody from teachers to mentors and choreographers to host families. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Nov 9, 2018

Most dancers don’t realize that the holidays are the time when they should be preparing for auditions. Listen in to this week’s episode for tips and information ranging from where to look to find auditions, what you need to prepare, who to contact for assistance, video auditions, and what to bring on the day of your class.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Oct 26, 2018

BOO!!! Getting in the Halloween spirit, this week’s episode explores common dancer fears, why they exist, and how artists cope with things that frighten them in their careers.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Oct 12, 2018

It is common knowledge that dancers have relatively short careers. Listen in to this week's episode for a conversation about career timelines, ageism, body wear-and-tear, and more.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Sep 28, 2018

What is a dancer to do when coping with the death of a loved one while preparing for an important opportunity or during performance weeks? Listen in to this week’s episode for lessons learned throughout Barry’s performance career and how he and others have handled these unfortunate life events.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Sep 14, 2018

On the heels of the worst scandal to rock the ballet world since the Bolshoi Ballet acid attack, this week’s episode is inspired by recent events surrounding a lawsuit against New York City Ballet and one of its male dancers. In response to claims that New York City Ballet allowed a fraternity-like atmosphere where certain men demeaned and disrespected women, Barry discusses how some men in dance use toxic masculinity as a defense mechanism in an art form often considered effeminate. He shares where he believes it starts, talks about his own experiences with it, and offers possible resolutions to fix the issue.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Aug 31, 2018

In this week’s episode, Barry discusses how music is involved in different styles of dance, his tastes, how music can influence choreography, and much more.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Aug 17, 2018

It’s that time of year again! The dance world functions very much on the same schedule as the academic school year. As students head back to train at their dance schools, tune in to make sure they are completely prepared.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Aug 3, 2018

Is there such a thing as giving too much for your art? Listen in as Barry explores the topic and shares a story about his experience working with the prolific modern choreographer Mary Anthony.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Jul 20, 2018

Have you ever wondered what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to supporting your kid’s aspirations for a career in dance? Listen in to this week’s episode for some thoughts and ideas on how to help your kids achieve their dreams without getting in their way.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Jul 6, 2018

In this episode, Barry talks about mentors, how to get one, what a mentor/mentee relationship looks like, and shares who his mentors have been. 

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Jun 22, 2018

In celebration of the 100th episode of Pas de Chát: Talking Dance, Barry shares reasons why he dances and elaborates on how they influence his mind, body, and soul.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Jun 7, 2018

Ever wonder what it is like to teach at one of New York City’s most famous dance institutions? In this episode, Barry talks about his experience working as ballet and contemporary faculty at the renowned Broadway Dance Center.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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May 25, 2018

You've worked hard all month and you want to spend a special evening with your honey. So, you finally dig your heels in and purchase tickets to that performance you've been looking forward to all season. If this sounds like you, listen in to this week's episode for tips and suggestions on how to maximize your enjoyment before and throughout a performance.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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May 11, 2018

In this episode of Pas de Chát, Barry discusses ways to determine if you are working too much and offers tips to help clear a pathway to reach your goals and find your greatest success.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Apr 27, 2018

Fresh on the heels of his promotion to permanent faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Barry discusses how he has sought out new opportunities and maintains communication with employers to obtain his goals. He also shares tips on how you can ask for things like casting, promotions, and additional opportunities.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Apr 13, 2018

Following a theme of “two” for this special 2nd anniversary episode, Barry talks about the classical Pas de Deux, how it has evolved, how partnering is taught, and shares a few of his favorites pieces.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Mar 30, 2018

There is a common perception that ballet dancer's personalities are often cold, aloof, and snobby. Whether this stereotype comes from movies, shows like So You Think You Can Dance, or people's personal interactions with certain dancers, is there any truth to these assumptions? Listen in to this week's episode for Barry's thoughts on why ballet dancer's act the way they do and whether training in ballet truly makes people snobby.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Mar 16, 2018

There are many types of anxiety that people experience; from situational and short-term stress to long-term panic with severe symptoms. In this episode of Pas de Chát, Barry shares his experience with severe anxiety relating to work, injury, lifestyle, and travel. While sharing his story, he offers a range of tips on how to combat any anxieties you may have that relate to work and life.

Pas de Chát's host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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