Ceremony To Celebrate Opening Of RIOULT Dance Center


RIOULT Dance NY performers. RIOULT Dance NY performers. RIOULT Dance NY announced that it will hold a ribbon-cutting for the newly constructed RIOULT Dance Center on Thursday, October 4, at 4:00 pm onsite at 34-01 Steinway Street in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria.

Hal Rosenbluth, president of Kaufman Astoria Studios, will welcome RIOULT Dance NY to the Kaufman Arts District. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, who all made important contributions to the building of the center and its programs, have been invited to participate in the ribbon-cutting. Afterwards guests will have an opportunity to tour the new space, see the company RIOULT Dance NY perform, and meet the RIOULT community.

RIOULT Dance NY is the first established dance company to take residence in the Kaufman Arts District, home to a community of cultural institutions, including Kaufman Astoria Studios, Museum of the Moving Image, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, and Queens Council on the Arts.

RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for bringing the sensual, articulate and exquisitely musical dance works of Pascal Rioult to audiences worldwide. The dance company, founded in 1994 and based in New York City, is led by the husband-and-wife team Artistic Director/Choreographer Pascal Rioult and Associate Artistic Director Joyce Herring – both former Martha Graham Dance Company principal dancers. RIOULT Dance NY has presented its New York Season at the Joyce Theater and tours nationally and abroad.

“RIOULT Dance NY is one of our country’s premier dance companies, and we are proud that its new Dance Center will soon call Queens ‘home,’” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

“I am delighted to welcome RIOULT Dance Center as the first established dance company within the Kaufman Arts District of Astoria,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “Working together with local arts organizations, we established the Kaufman Arts District in 2014 as Queens’ first official arts district. The addition of RIOULT Dance Center will increase the accessibility and affordability of dance classes in Astoria and further contribute to the cultural vibrancy and economic growth that the Kaufman Arts District has brought to our community.”

“Western Queens has strived to make its arts as diverse as our neighborhoods, and the RIOULT Dance Center solidified that commitment,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides.

The 11,000 square foot facility will house five state-of-the-art studios, including one that converts into a 100-plusseat black box theater and a second that doubles as public space, along with offices and storage. The RIOULT Dance Center, a $4.5 million facility is conveniently located directly across the street from the Steinway Street stop on the M and R lines.

The RIOULT Dance Center will serve a broad audience from professional dancers to those in the community who wish to explore different dance and dance-based forms. Classes geared toward professional and advanced dancers will include modern and ballet taught by an exemplary faculty with roots in the modern techniques of Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and May O’Donnell. Modern dance and ballet will coexist with culturally specific dance forms such as African and Afro Caribbean dance and Flamenco, as well as fitness classes such as Pilates, Gyrokinesis, Body Conditioning, Masala Bhangra, among others. Through the RIOULT Dance School, the Company will expand its existing educational programs to serve young people from toddlers to teens. Children’s classes will include Modern, Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, African and Afro Caribbean Dance, Jazz, and Spanish Dance/Flamenco, among others.

  
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