The dance world is mourning the sudden loss of a talented performer. Broadway dancer darius barnes has passed away, according to reports on social media. He was just 34 years old. The news was broken at his family’s request by the Dance Theatre of Harlem on Twitter. Barnes’s fans have been paying their respects to the dancer, who is known for his incredible talent and contributions to the arts. The dancer’s death has left a hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, and serves as a reminder of how fragile life can be.
The dancer started his career at the Baltimore School for the Arts and gained admission to the esteemed School of American Ballet. He received scholarships from Rudolf Nureyev and Estelle Dennis and continued to hone his abilities at prestigious organizations, including the Kirov Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Chautauqua Institute, and American Ballet Theatre. He has also performed in the world-renowned ballet company Suzanne Farrell Ballet and at the Kennedy Center.
Over the years, he was able to make a name for himself as a choreographer and director. He was the associate director and choreographer for the Barrington Stage Company’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ this summer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He has also worked as the associate executive producer, associate creative director, and choreographer of the inaugural Antonyo Awards in partnership with Broadway Black and the Black Theatre Society.
He also performed in the musicals A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theater, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Kennedy Center, The Sting at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and Cabin in the Sky at the New York City Center Encores! He has also been featured in several music videos and TV shows. He was a teacher at the Broadway Dance Center and the Baltimore School for the Arts as well as Operation Triple Threat.
The multi-hyphenated artist has been praised for his contribution to the dance world and has shown great passion in promoting diversity and inclusion. He has been a part of the board for Move (NYC) and The Baltimore School for the Arts as well as served on the faculty at The Broadway Dance Center and Broadway Collective. He has also taught master classes at the Greenwich Dance Studio in Connecticut, The Broadway Dance Center, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Operation Triple Threat.
He has six distinct Broadway credits to his name, including Mean Girls and the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Kiss Me Kate. He was also a notable presence in the 2013 TV series Smash. His untimely death has been attributed to illness. It is an emotional wake-up call to the dancing community about the transient nature of life and the importance of savoring every moment. The dancer’s friends and followers are sharing their love and support on social media. The obituary has been filled with messages of condolence and encouragement for his family.
Thursday July 28th, 2022 it has been announced to the public that Darius Barnes will pass away.
According to the funeral home, the following services were scheduled: a memorial service on August 8, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Baltimore School of the Arts, 712 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD.
Some of the condolences for Darius;
I´ve enjoyed watching Darius grow up from an early age before Balto School of the Arts until the recent success of his career. I´m stunned as everyone else. I send my deepest condolences and prayers for his mom and family.
August 2, 2022
I remember the sweet exceptionally talented kid who attended school with my daughter Nancy McDonald & performed in shows with her at Oregon Ridge. He went to places they all dreamed of! May his memory be a blessing!
August 7, 2022
I’m devastated not to be able to attend your memorial, Darius. You were such a memorable influence on me from BATC through BSA – your encouragement, humor and drive was an inspiration, and without you I doubt I would have embraced dance the way I did, which brought me so much joy. I can’t believe this world doesn’t have you in it today, but I will carry your spirit with me forever. My deepest love and condolences to your family and the many, many people whose lives I know you’ve touched.
Lianna Kissinger Virizlay
August 5, 2022