Troy Barnes was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he graduated from Duke Ellington High School of The Performing Art’s Theatre Dept. Afterwards he began his formal dance training at the Dance Institute of Washington. He got his BFA in Ballet with a concentration in Horton & Graham at the Univ. of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Continuing his dance training Troy studied at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center which led to many performances throughout the greater NYC area. He then went on the North American Tour of Sesame Street Live. After touring Troy began the next phase of his career performing on Cruise Ships. Troy has performed on Princess Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Regent Seven Seas and Royal Caribbean. Throughout this time he also performed and taught in NYC. Teaching for Camp Broadway and performing The Nutcracker. Troy has taught Horton, Graham based modern, Jazz and Theatre Dance throughout his cruise ship career including Brazil, Mexico and other international destinations.