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Shawn Short, Producing Artistic Director

Barri DeFrancisci, Apprentice

Barri DeFrancisci joined DDT in January 2017. A native of Baltimore, MD, she received her early training at the Baltimore Ballet and Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division. At 13 years old, she received a scholarship to study at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, where she remained for 3 years. Barri completed her high school studies at North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in Ballet. Barri holds a BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College, where she had the privilege of performing leading roles in classical works such as Paquita and Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, as well as original contemporary works. Following graduation, Barri trained and performed with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel, under the direction of Rami Be’er. Barri is currently the Director of, a studio in Fairfax, VA.

Barri DeFrancisci

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