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Barry BarbeCelebrity Dancer
Originally, from a small town in Ohio, Barry began his dance career as a young prodigy of the Cleveland Ballet Company, touring throughout the mid west at the age of 8 in productions such as Don Quixot, Giselle, and Swan Lake. Things changed however when he was cast in the 1983 hit film Flash Dance with Jennifer Beales. (A small role, which ultimately opened many doors.) A child of the 80's, and with youthful pop influences, he participated in the 1984 Michael Jackson hit Pepsi commercial, which aired internationally for several years. This was followed by a brief appearance in the Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey hit film, Dirty Dancing. A return to his roots allowed him the opportunity to travel extensively with the internationally acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Company - a lifetime dream come true. However, tragedy struck when preparing for an overseas tour, he was diagnosed with a severe case of Cankles and was unable to travel abroad. None of this of course is true. Barry and his wife Lori, have been residents of Prescott for over 20 years and are proprietors of El Gato Azul, in downtown Prescott. Along with their four soon to be grown children, they participate and support several local organizations and non-profits.
Kelsey ClaireProfessional Dancer
Kelsey Claire fell in love with every aspect of the theater and performing at the age of 12 and has been on stage and performing locally in numerous musicals and plays for the past 15 years, gaining years of local musical theater acting, singing and dance training. Kelsey was most recently seen in Fall 2018 as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at Prescott Center for the Arts. Kelsey was the choreographer for Park Avenue Theater for 4 years and was blessed to be the choreographer for Beauty and the Beast last Spring at Yavapai College. Kelsey is a 2015 graduate of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, where she studied many different aspects of acting under many incredible professional instructors, including Jay Goldenburg. 3 years ago, Kelsey was blessed with the opportunity to move from her role as choreographer for Park Avenue Theater, into her current role as Director of Park Avenue Theater and Director of Youth Ministries, both located at Trinity Church in Prescott, AZ, where she is blessed to share her passion for theater and her love for God with children in the community. In addition to directing and loving on her theater kids and youth; Kelsey loves pouring her heart into fitness, faith, family and friends. Kelsey is always up for an adventure, was voted as the LIVE with Kelly and Ryan’s Viewer’s Choice Best Trivia Dancer of 2017 and also had a recent opportunity to be a contestant on Ellen DeGeneres’ 2nd season of Game of Games on NBC! Kelsey is grateful for any chance to dance and is especially grateful to Summer Hinton for furthering her passion for dance as an adult.