Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) is a critically acclaimed all-female contemporary dance company led by a married choreographer/composer team, Ariel Grossman (Artistic Director/Choreographer) and David Homan (Executive Director/Composer). Based in New York/New Jersey, ARD is committed to creating work with new music that explores emotionally driven movement with underlying currents of technique and structure. Collaboration and accessibility are the heart of ARD, and we produce shows that incorporate various styles of dance and music, exposing our audiences to quality artistry in an inviting way.

In 2016 Ariel was named one of Jersey (New) Moves Emerging Choreographers. ARD was recently presented at NJPAC, Rutgers University, the White Wave Rising Series and Inaugural Solo/Duo Festival, REVERBDance Festival and Fall Further at Dixon Place. ARD’s recent performances have included collaborations with Rioult Dance NY, Heidi Latsky, Elisa King, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Paul Dennis and Sean Curran. Recently ARD performed at the Saratoga Dance Museum, Gershman Y (Philadelphia PA) and Baruch Performing Arts Center and was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant and a Nathan Cummings Foundation grant. Other performances included a JCC Manhattan engagement and New Jersey Tour of “The Book of Esther” and choreographic residencies at LaGuardia Performing Arts High School and Moving Youth Ballet Company in New Jersey.  Upcoming performances include tours to Baltimore and Florida.

With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Ariel Grossman has a passion for introducing dance to young learners. We offer family, community, and early childhood programming. Ariel Rivka Dance’s most recent family program is the touring work, “The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther,” which explores Ariel’s Jewish roots through a feminist lens. Traveling to Philadelphia, Ocean County, NJ and various locations in New York City “The Book of Esther” has provoked  riveting conversations about artistic interpretation, biblical text and the art of collaboration with adults and children alike.