• Megan Ross

Happy December! Classes for 2019 are quickly coming to an can do it!


  • Please leave your timesheet in your box with all of your hours for Dec. before Wednesday, Dec. 18

Winter Break:

  • The studio is closed Dec. 19-Jan. 1. There will be no regularly scheduled classes during this time. If you plan to use the studio over break please check the studio calendar and reserve your space beforehand.


  • Nutcracker Performances are Dec. 13-15, we would love to see you there! (Mari has offered a pair of tickets if you haven't already taken advantage of that)

  • Nutcracker Tech week is Dec. 8-13 and there is a modified class schedule. Please note the changes below.

  • There are classes Dec. 16-18 (the Mon-Wed after Nutcracker). Please note the abbreviated schedule for conservatory students below.

Monday, Dec. 9:

4:30-5:45 Ballet 3/4 - Devin

5:00-6:30 Combined Conservatory Ballet - Roxane

7:30-8:30 Adult Ballet combined with Teen Ballet - Roxane

Improv & Comp 1 - Cancelled

Tuesday, Dec. 10:

5:00-6:45 Ballet 3/4/5 - Roxane

Ballet 5B - Cancelled

Tap 7 - Cancelled (should take Tap 6 Monday)

Wednesday, Dec. 11:

5:00-6:30 Ballet 3+ - Devin

Improv & Comp 2 - Cancelled

Jazz 5 - Cancelled

Contemporary 4 - Cancelled

Thursday, Dec. 12:

4:30-5:45 Ballet 3+ with Devin

Contemporary 2 - Cancelled

Contemporary 2 - Cancelled

Contemporary 5 - Cancelled

Boys Ballet - Cancelled

Friday, Dec. 13:

Conservatory and Pre-Pro Ballet - Cancelled

Boys Ballet - Cancelled

Monday, Dec. 16:

4:30-5:45 Character 3/4- Devin

5:00-6:30 Stretch and Conditioning (Ballet 5/6/7/8) -Roxane

6:00-7:00 Audition Photos - Mari and Kristin

Tuesday, Dec. 17:

4:45-6:00 Variations 3/4 - Audrey

5:00-6:30 Variations (Ballet 5/6/7/8) - Chris

Wednesday, Dec. 18:

4:45-6:00 Variations 3/4 - Audrey

5:30-7:00 Cinderella Audition (7/8) - Mari and Kristin

5:00-6:30 Contemporary (5/6) - Marie

Summer and Fall 2020:

  • Please send your requests and availability for summer 2020 and the 2020-2021 season to Mari as soon as you can

Jr. and Sr. Company:

Faculty News: Send your upcoming events to to be included!

  • Megan Ross

Happy November!


  • Payroll is due in your mailbox upstairs by Friday, November 22

Parent Observation Week:

  • Parent Observation Week is the week of November 18-23. Parents are invited to sit in on classes during their regularly scheduled times.

  • During Parent Observation week preschool teachers should pass out PreSchool Progress Reports. I will place a stack of blank forms upstairs for you to pick up. Please complete a form for every student and hand to their parent during observation week. Non-preschool teachers are welcome to create and complete progress reports for their students.

  • Preschool teachers should also plan to have parents complete and sign a Recital Participation form during observation week. This will just be a form accepting recital participation (we will let teachers measure students as discussed in our back to school meeting).

Thanksgiving Break:

  • The studio is closed the week of November 25-30. There will be no classes during this time. Enjoy your break!


  • Nutcracker Tea is Nov. 17 2:00-4:00pm. There are still tickets available so please send postcards home with your younger students if you have not already.

  • Nutcracker performances are Dec. 13-15. Tickets are now on sale! Send postcards home with your students.

  • There will be an abbreviated schedule the week of tech rehearsals Dec. 9-13. Stay tuned!

Physical Therapy Screening:

Upcoming Company Events:

Upcoming Faculty Events (Please email me to add your own events to our newsletter!):

  • Kristin is presenting work at the NC Dance Festival on Friday, Nov. 8 8:00pm at the Greenhill Gallery in Greensboro. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

  • Megan is presenting a piece performed by Chris, Noelle, Heather P., and Annabelle and Kristin is performing with Kira Blazek-Ziaii in the NC Dance Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9 8:00pm at the Van Dyke Performance Space in Greensboro. Ticket link here:

  • Heather P. is organizing a work performed by Chris and Megan for Ancillary Fermentation's public party "Pop Up #9 Movement" on Nov. 10 6:00-9:00pm on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel. More info here:

  • Megan Ross


  • For the safety of our students, please keep all Nutcracker rehearsals and warm-ups "closed". This means that no one other than Barriskill faculty should be in the room during rehearsals.

  • Along the same lines please do not allow your rehearsal to be filmed by someone other than a Barriskill faculty member. If you see someone you do not recognize filming or watching rehearsal you can let them know rehearsal is closed and video/photos are not permitted.

  • After all classes please make sure you see each of your students connect with the appropriate grown up. We had an incident last week where a younger student found their way to the parking lot without a grown up.


Payroll is due upstairs in your mailbox by Thursday, Oct. 24

Pre-School Costumes:

Pre-school teachers should email costume ideas to me by Friday, Nov. 1

Spirit Week and Halloween Closing:

Spirit Week is the week leading up to Halloween (Oct. 24 - Oct. 30). There will be a theme for each day and students and teachers are invited to dress up for the theme. The studio will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 31 and there will be no classes that evening.

Attendance Folders:

I have printed updated attendance sheets for all classes. If the names on the sheet do not match the names in your class please let me know via email ASAP.

Physical Therapy Drop-In Hours:

Ashley D. Lake, PT, DPT, SCS from Duke Physical Therapy Sports Medicine at Center for Living will be at Barriskill Dance Theatre School on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:30am-4:00pm to provide free physical therapy screenings for BDTS dancers and faculty. While the clinic is open to drop-ins we ask that you sign up for a time slot in advance to best help Ashley prepare. You can email Ashley at with any questions. You can sign up at the link below:


  • The Nutcracker Tea Party is on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2:00pm at The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. I will put postcards with info in each of the studios, please pass out to your younger classes.

  • The Nutcracker is December 13, 14, and 15. Tickets go on sale Oct. 29 at 11am. I will put postcards with info in each of the studios, please pass out to all of your classes.

Company News:

  • Senior Company members will perform at the Wake Forest Dance Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5:00 pm. This is a FREE performance at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest and we would love to see you there!

  • Junior Company is rehearsing with their first Guest Choreographer, Courtney Om, the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6.

Upcoming Faculty News: (Send your upcoming events to )

  • Megan is performing with KT Collective at Proxemic Media's Durham Third Friday on Oct. 18 at 7:00 pm 120 Morris Street, Durham. FREE

  • Kristin is performing with Kira Blazek-Ziaii and Megan is presenting a work (performed by Heather, Chris, Noelle, and Annabelle) at the North Carolina Dance Festival at The Fruit in Durham on Oct. 19 at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets here

  • North Carolina Dance Festival is looking for volunteers to help lay the subfloor and the marley at The Fruit on Thursday, Oct. 17 early in the day. NCDF will provide volunteers lunch and a free ticket to the Oct. 19 performance at 8pm. Contact if interested.