Corps de Ballet
Edward Barnes was raised in Honolulu, HI, where he began studying ballet at age five. He continued his training at Ballet New England under the direction of David Drummond, Angela Sears, and William Pizzuto. At the invitation of Michael Owen, Mr. Barnes moved to Natick, MA, to train at Walnut Hill, where he danced under Mr. Owen, Kathy Kozul, and Leigh Spencer. He then continued training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover. There, Mr. Barnes performed Cavalier in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, El Capitan in Balanchine's Stars and Stripes, and also in Walpurgisnacht Ballet.
Upon graduating from Carlisle High School, Mr. Barnes moved to Seattle to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal where he performed the lead in George Balanchine's Cortège Hongrois. He also performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet in George Balanchine's The Prodigal Son and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mr. Barnes has been the recipient of several full scholarships, most notably from The School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Chautauqua Institution. He also received a scholarship from Regional Dance America Nationals in 2007.
Mr. Barnes joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2008 and was promoted to Apprentice for the 2009-2010 Season and to the Corps de Ballet for the 2011-2012 Season. He has performed in several ballets including George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Mother Ginger), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theme and Variations, Square Dance, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Emeralds from Jewels (Pas de Deux); Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Spanish Dance); Matthew Neenan’s 11:11; Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz and The Concert; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort; John Butler’s Carmina Burana; and William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated and Artifact Suite.