At the age of 14 Phoebe was accepted into a Quantum Leap program at QL2 Centre for Youth Dance in Canberra and this is when her love for contemporary dance began to flourish. She trained with Jacqueline Kornmann in Echuca, Victoria, attending several Australian Youth Dance Festivals, numerous workshops in Melbourne and seeing a plethora of professional dance performances. In 2012 Phoebe completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and a Diploma of Education at Queensland University of Technology, and worked as a volunteer at Ausdance Victoria alongside former Education and Training Manager, Dr Katrina Rank. Phoebe spent one year teaching dance full-time at St. Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield in 2013 and attended Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA) in 2014.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, which takes place every summer in Massachusetts USA, is lauded worldwide as a "hub and mecca of dancing"..."one of America's most precious cultural assets"....and "the dance center of the nation." Phoebe Barnes, Australian dancer & teacher, talks about her exciting experience at the 2014 Festival.