Colleen Barnes hails from South Texas. While earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music on scholarship, Colleen danced with Dayton Ballet, served as a rehearsal mistress at School of the Performing Arts, fitted pointe shoes, and lived abroad in Nanchang, China, where she taught all forms of dance at Allen Ballet under director Song Ting.
She danced with Ballet Pensacola and Dance Now Miami!, touring domestically and abroad. In 2013 Colleen had the honor and pleasure being hand-picked by Anna-Marie Holmes to work with the late David Holmes as the guest principal dancer in his production of The Nutcracker, where she performed both Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen. Her favorite roles include Diego Salterini’s Chronicles; Hannah Baumgarten’s Unburden; Swan Lake’s Pas de Trois; the Opera Singer in Gaite Parisienne; and the demi-soloist role in Balanchine’s Walpurgisnact, among others.
Colleen Barnes has worked at the Joffrey Ballet School since 2009, working as both faculty and administration, where she has taught Ballet, Pointe, Dance Conditioning, Rehearsals, and Music for Dancers. In addition to pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch Dance Department, she is the Artistic Director for both the Joffrey South (Georgia) and Joffrey Denver summer intensives. Impassioned to inspire and empower young people through dance, Colleen has participated in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s teacher training workshop in both 2014 and 2016, in addition to the Joffrey teacher training program for the last four years; she is also a certified Pilates mat instructor. Colleen has taught ballet around the world, coaches dancers privately, and serves as a judge/teacher for the Wild About Dance Competition. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband and their two miniature Australian shepherds.