• Megan Ross

Happy School Year! Thank you for making these first two weeks of classes a success!

Substitute List:

You can find the Sub schedule on the Staff Page of our website. Please check to make sure I have classes you are absent for listed and covered as well as to remind yourself when you are subbing.

Studio Calendar:

I have had several questions about reserving studio space. You can see the studio schedule and reserve space by clicking the big pink button at the top of the Staff Page on the website.

Attendance Folders:

Please continue to take attendance for each class and leave your folder in the folder container upstairs. This is how we can make sure that everyone is signed up for class and paying appropriately.


Timesheets for all of September 2019 are due in your mailbox before Wednesday, September 25

Preschool Teachers:

Send me costume preferences by Nov. 1 so I can begin conversation with Kim in time for Black Friday shopping.

Physical Therapy:

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, September 7 from 9:00-11:30am 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:


  • Nutcracker auditions are Saturday, Sept. 7 for ages 7+.

  • Nutcracker Headshots are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. You can come by anytime and skip the line to get your headshot taken. Please wear a black top as we hope to have all of our faculty headshots on the wall in the hallway!

Wake Forest Dance Festival:

Barriskill Senior Company members will perform "Linger Longer" by 2018-2019 guest artist, Sean Carmon, at the Wake Forest Dance Festival. The Festival Performance is on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5:00pm at E. Carroll Joyner Park. You can find more info at the link below:

Upcoming Faculty News: (Send your upcoming events to!)

  • Megan Ross

Thank you for a wonderful summer of camps and intensives! The 2019-2020 season is quickly approaching and we can't wait to jump into the school year class schedule with you all. Please review the most up to date 2019-2020 class schedule below:

Important Dates:

  • Faculty Meeting is Monday, Aug. 12 4:00-6:00 pm at Barriskill. There will be snacks!

  • Barriskill's Back to School Party is Friday, Aug. 23 5:00-7:00 pm. There will be snacks, t-shirts, car magnets, and a Zumba class from 5:30-6:30pm taught by Paula! We advertise this as a chance to meet the teacher and would love to have as many of you as are able in attendance.

  • First day of classes is Saturday, Aug. 24

  • The studio is closed Saturday, Aug. 31 - Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day Weekend. All classes are cancelled.

August Payroll:

Your timesheet for all of August 2019 is due in your mailbox upstairs by Friday, Aug. 23. You can either include the first week of classes on your August timesheet or wait and combine with September hours.


  • Studio 6 is almost ready! We are excited to use the new space and will discuss access and amenities in the Faculty meeting on Aug. 12.

  • The space that used to be Mari's upstairs office has been converted to a Faculty lounge! Please use this space to store belongings during class, prepare to teach, rest, and eat.

Nutcracker Audition:

Auditions for The Nutcracker 2019 are on Saturday, Sept. 7 11:30am-4:00pm for students ages 7+. While not everyone is directly involved you might be asked questions or be impacted by rehearsals and performances.

Adult Classes:

We have several NEW adult classes for the 2019-2020 season! Faculty are invited to take any of our drop-in classes free of charge.


  • Adult Ballet with Kristin 7:30-8:30pm

  • Adult Hip Hop in Heels with Josh 8:30-9:30pm


  • Adult Tap with JoAnna 6:45-7:45pm

  • Zumba with Paula 7:45-8:45pm

  • Acting for TV & Film with Liza 7:45-8:45pm


  • Yoga with Kristin 10:00-10:45am


  • Int/Adv Ballet with Elliot 9:30-11:00am


  • Zumba with Paula 9:30-10:30am

  • Open Level Ballet with Elliot 11:45am-1:15pm

  • Megan Ross

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

Welcome to the first edition of the Barriskill Faculty Newsletter! We're hopeful that this monthly newsletter will condense all of the information you need to know into one, easy to get to place! Look for a newsletter in your email on the 5th of each month for the most up to date events, to do's, and studio information. All of the Faculty newsletters will be available anytime on the Staff Page of the website.

Join us in welcoming New Faculty Members!

  • Bradley LaGois: Teen Hip Hop and Jazz 6

  • Chris Strauss: Conservatory and Pre-Professional Ballet

  • Devin Sweet: Ballet 3 and 4, Acro

  • Marie Hopkins: Beginning Modern

  • Sarah Anne Perel: Conservatory Ballet

Back to School Meeting:

The first day of classes (Aug. 24) is quickly approaching and it is time to schedule our pre-season meeting. At this meeting we'll greet our new faculty as well as cover the Faculty/Staff Handbook, Recital Info, and any other questions you might have. Please fill out the below When2Meet with your availability ASAP so we can get this meeting on the calendar:

Save the Date!

Barriskill's Back to School Party will be on Friday, August 16. More details coming soon.

July Payroll:

Your timesheet for all of July 2019 is due in your mailbox upstairs before Thursday, July 25.

Bios and Headshots:

Please look over your bio and headshot on our People page here and send any updates to Mari ( or Megan ( We offer faculty headshots on the same day as Nutcracker headshots and send out that date as soon as we have it.

Staff Page:

  • The Staff Page can be accessed by going to the "About" tab of our website, clicking "People", scrolling to the bottom and clicking the blue button that says "Staff Login" The password is "Faculty2019". This is where you will find the Faculty Newsletter, Studio Reservation Schedule, and Sub Schedule.

  • The 2019-2020 Calendar can be found here . Please note the dates that the studio is closed and Parent Observation Week.

  • The 2019-2020 Faculty Handbook can be found here

Morning Ballet Class is Back!

We are bringing back the Wednesday morning ballet class from 9:30-11:00am July 17-August 7. This class is free to Barriskill teachers and $10 for drop-ins. Invite your friends! Chris will teach July 17 and 24 and Elliot will teach the remaining dates.