JoAnn Barkes, faculty member, began studying ballet with Nicholas Petrov, founding Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Joining PBT from its founding in 1969, she rose to the rank of principal dancer where she performed leading roles in classical and contemporary ballets, such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and the role of Desdemona in John Butler’s Othello. She was featured in Dance Magazine for her role as Juliet, which Lorenzo Monreal created for her. In 1979, JoAnn won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition. Shortly after, she was invited to join the National Ballet of Canada where she performed soloist roles in Erik Bruhn’s Swan Lake and Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty. After JoAnn moved to South Bend in 1985, she began teaching at Southold Dance Theater, serving as ballet mistress, and later co-artistic director during a period of rapid growth at SDT. She had the privilege of seeing her students accepted into prestigious summer programs. Today, she works on the ballet curriculum, teaches ballet for levels III through VII, and rehearses students for productions. For several years, she has been a YAGP coach and choreographer for SDT dancers. While working at SDT, JoAnn was a member of the dance faculty at Saint Mary’s College teaching ballet through 2008. She continues teaching ballet at Notre Dame RecSports. In JoAnn’s spare time, she enjoys ballroom dancing with her husband, Tom. They are proud of their son Kyle, a graduate of Notre Dame, daughter Delainey, a student at IUSB, and son-in- law Coley, a U.S. Marine. Kyle and Delainey are both SDT Party Scene Alums.