Meredith Barnes has been the Dance Director at Fairfax Academy since 2017. She is also the Founder and Director of DanceArtTheater, a local modern dance company, whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and enlighten students and audiences through dance. Ms. Barnes received her BFA in dance choreography and performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has choreographed more than 30 works for companies like Joffrey Ballet Workshop, Terpsichorean Dance Company, Auburn University "Daunce,” Yes Virginia Dance, Black College Dance Exchange, Cora de Vicenza, Co-Motion Dance Company, Lawton City Ballet, Mid-America Dance Network showcase, and many choreography concerts. Her teaching experience spans across the globe to include companies such as The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, Lawton Ballet School of Dance, St. Petersburg College, Hampton University, and being a guest artist at private studios, universities, and performing arts high schools. Ms. Barnes is passionate about dancers exploring and finding their artistic voice, and also helping them achieve their dance and lifelong goals.