Ariel Grossman & David Homan
Ariel Rebecca (Rivka) Grossman founded Ariel Rivka Dance in 2008. Born and raised in New York City, she began her dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School under the direction of Gerald Arpino. She trained there for ten years with Eleanor D’antouno (American Ballet Theater), John Magnus, and Dorothy Lister. During this time Ariel was a dance major at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts and studied with Elisa King (Zvi Gotheiner Dance), Brunhilda Ruiz (The Joffrey Ballet), Michelle Benash (American Ballet Theater) and Penny Frank (Martha Graham Dance Company). She earned a B.S. in Dance with honors with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Skidmore College where she studied with and performed works by Robert Battle, Alexandre Proia (NYC Ballet), Denise Warner Limoli (ABT), Debra Fernandez, and Mary Harney (Martha Graham). At Skidmore she began choreographing and upon graduation was commissioned to set a work on Skidmore dancers.
In addition to her artistic endeavors, Ariel received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. She has taught in Jewish Preschool programs for over ten years and has developed an arts curriculum incorporating dance, visual art and music for young learners.
Executive director / composer-in-residence
David Homan is a composer and collaborative artist. David Homan's music has been performed in the US, Europe, Israel, and in New York at Carnegie Hall/Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, the Thalia at Symphony Space as well as major dance venues such as NYLA, Joyce Soho, the Di Capo Opera Theatre, MMAC, and the Joyce. He has also toured Europe (Florence and Budapest) as a playwright/composer/actor, composed the music for the award winning 2001 Fringe Festival Production Einstein's Dreams, and written theatrical scores for As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Orwell's 1984, and Great Expectations, among others. Major groups such as the Di Capo Chamber Players, the Colorado String Quartet, and the American Symphony Orchestra have performed his works, as well as dance commissions with former ABT and Joffrey Ballet dancers, Randy James, Catherine Miller, Ariel Rivka Dance, and choreographers around the US. His recent album releases include EVA, WaterRocks, and the Book of Esther. He is the Founding Director of the Live Arts Collaborations.