Darius Barnes, a native of Baltimore, began training at various schools in Maryland. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, until his acceptance to the School of American Ballet in 2004, where he received the Rudolf Nureyev & the Estelle Dennis Scholarships. During his formal training, he also studied at prestigious schools such as the Kirov Ballet Academy, Chautauqua Institute, Pacific Northwest Ballet & the American Ballet Theatre. In 2007, he was offered an apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet & was invited to join the corps de ballet in 2008. In 2010, he joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet & was invited to be an artist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2014.
Darius has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera in Aida, performed “ Kiss” an installation work at the Guggenheim Museum and worked with directors & choreographers such as: Kyle Abraham, Lucie Arnez, Hinton Battle, Joshua Bergasse, Mark Brokaw, Camille Brown, Marc Bruni, Warren Carlyle, Tanya Wideman-Davis & Thaddeus Davis, Scott Ellis, Robert Garland, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Bill T. Jones, Dennis Jones, Jessica Lang, Kathleen Marshall, Jack O'Brien, Ralph Perkins, Alexi Ratmansky, Josh Rhodes, Rob Ruggerio, Tino Seghal, Sergio Trujillo, Chet Walker & Christopher Wheeldon.
As an actor, Darius is currently in Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate, starring Will Chase & Kelli O’Hara. He made his Broadway & Principal debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Memphis. On Broadway, he's also been seen in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark & Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Most recently, he appeared in The Sting (world premiere, Papermill Playhouse) starring Harry Connick Jr & How To Succeed In Business.. at the Kennedy Center. He made his Off-Broadway debut in The New Group's revival of Sweet Charity, directed by Leigh Silverman, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse & starring Sutton Foster. He made his regional theater debut in The Guthrie’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Joe Dowling & David Bolger. His other theater credits include: the 1st National tours of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella & Memphis; Cabin in the Sky (New York City Center's Encores!), La Cage aux Folles (Goodspeed Opera House), My Paris (Long Wharf Theater), Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage), the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall) and readings & workshops of new works such as: Anastasia the Musical, Hazel: A New Musical Maid in America, Souzatska & Superfly.
On TV, he’s been seen on NBC: New Year’s Eve 2019 with John Legend, SMASH; CBS: Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 68th Tony Awards & as a featured soloist in Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Estelle’s “Conqueror” music video.
As a choreographer, he was asked to participate in the 2007, 2008, & 2009 spring & summer sessions of the New York Choreographic Institute. For the Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration in 2010, he was asked to create a work on the New York City Ballet for the occasion.
Highly interested in giving back and educating future generations, Darius has taught master classes for Operation Triple Threat in Barbados, the F.I.T. Dance team, Broadway Dance Center, the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Broadway Dance Collective. He is on the teaching staff and adjudication panel for MOVE(NYC) and guest faculty at Greenwich Dance Studio in Greenwich, CT & The Dance Conservatory at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore, MD.