Amy Ashley

raised in rural Southern Oregon, moved to Portland in 2011 to assist modern jazz choreographer and instructor Tracey Durbin. In 2015 Amy graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program where she trained with Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, Sidra Bell and other amazing artists. She also taught outreach and choreographed for the SF Vision Series. Amy now performs with Rina Espiritu and Allyson Ross' Southern Belle Stories, and is a member of Baayork Lee's NAAP Broadway Chorus. Amy recently was a choreographer for the NUWorks Series at Theater Row, and teaches modern jazz in NYC.

Cassandra BowseR

originally from Huntsville, AL, began her training in the Huntsville Ballet Company under the tutelage of Rachel Butler and Phillip Otto. Cassandra graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in 2014 with a BFA in dance where she performed works by Dusan Tynek, Carolyn Dorfman, Adam Barruch, Jennifer Archibald, Ronald K. Brown, Karol Armitage, Darell Grand Moultrie, and Kirven Douthit-Boyd. After graduating, Cassandra danced with Kaleidoscope Dance Theater - The Sean Mcleod Dance Experience, and Kaley Pruitt Dance. She is very excited to be dancing with Ariel Rivka Dance!

Caitlyn Casson

originally from Philadelphia, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a minor is Psychology. She has performed repertoire by distinguished artists Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone and Talley Beatty. Casson’s desire for internationally diverse, artistic endeavors has taken her across the globe to perform and teach. Since 2013, she has been working as an international dance trainer with MindLeaps to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda. Most recently she performed at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. Caitlyn has performed nationally with Eleone Dance Theatre, Balasole Dance Company, DamageDance. In NYC, Caitlyn is in her third season with Ariel Rivka Dance and is also dancing with Dance Entropy and Matthew Westerby Dance Company.

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received her BFA from the Ailey School- Fordham University. She performed works by Alvin Ailey, Joyce Trisler and worked with Robert Battle, Sean Curran, William Forsyth, and Elisa Monte. After graduation, she danced with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Felica Lesser Dance Theater, and Vox Luminere. She can be seen in the film Jaaneman and Newspeak’s music video “sweet light crude”. Kristin dances with Covenant Ballet Theater, Matthew Westerby Company, Regina Nejman and Company, Vabang!, and Valerie Green Dance Entropy. She is an ABT® certified teacher, teaching ballet and modern throughout NYC.  


originally from Northern Virginia, attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, California from 2010-2012. While in the training program, Casie worked closely with Alonzo King, David Harvey, Maurya Kerr, Christian Burns, and Karah Abiog. Since moving to New York in 2012 she has worked with Sidra Bell, Erin Carlisle Norton, Maruya Kerr, Jennifer Archibald, Yoshito Sakuraba and Karol Armitage. She also has a B.S. in Public Affairs from Baruch College. Casie joined Ariel Rivka Dance in 2014.


is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who began her training with the Capital Ballet in upstate New York. Danita is classically trained in Balanchine technique under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist David Otto and the Capital Ballet Company. She has done intensive training with Boston Ballet, River North Dance Company, Burklyn Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, David Parsons, and Max Stone. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College’s BFA program and has been performing professionally ever since. She is honored to be working with Ariel Rivka Dance and has also had the pleasure of performing with Dance Cat-alyst, Double Take Dance, Salma Allam and Dancers, the Cantigas Women’s Choir, Daniel Wurtzel, Grace Rising Dance, Tamara Saari Dance, Jacobs Campbell Dance, Kaleidoscope Dance Theater, Gehring Dancetheatre, Banana Peel Dance, dancesbyremi, Ryan McNally, MAD About Dance , H.T. Chen and Dancers, AERA, Beth Soll & Company, Andrea Gise and Dancers, Laura Ward/ Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, and Nina Buisson Contemporary Move. In addition to these collaborations, Danita was also the founder and the President of the Alternative Arts Association, a multimedia arts organization and registered 501(c)3-www.alternativearts.org.



holds a BA in Education Policy from Princeton University and an MFA in Dance Performance and Teaching from Purchase College, SUNY. She is currently a member of Ariel Rivka Dance, Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy and Matthew Westerby Company, and has also performed with Mark Dendy Dancetheater, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Riedel Dance Theater, Yuka Kawazu/Danse En L’air, Covenant Ballet Theatre, Tamara Saari Dance, York DanceWorks, Lane & Co, KDNY and Amy Marshall among others. She was a founding member of 360° Dance Company, serving at various times as a dancer, General Manager, Board Member and Rehearsal Director from 2006-2014, and has attended The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard for the Patricia N. Nanon and Bessie Schonberg Residencies, serving as Dance Assistant to Patricia N. Nanon for the final two years of her life. Administratively, she was Administrative Director for Kazuko Hirabayashi’s Dance New York International 2007-2009, Co-Managing Director for Dances Patrelle 2008-2011, and is now New York City Director for the New York Institute of Dance and Education. In her spare time, she is on faculty at Fierce Dance Company, NY.


is from Ellicott City, Maryland and holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase College and an MS in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sarah Lawrence College. She has performed professionally in New York with SYREN Modern Dance, NuDance Theater, Beth Liebowitz & Artists, Indah Walsh Dance Company, and Catherine Galasso among others. She has also choreographed and performed internationally in Taiwan, Japan, Spain, and Canada. Kyleigh currently teaches dance in New York and is a dance/movement therapist for children with developmental disabilities and who have experienced trauma.


Kayleigh Pender (Apprentice)

began her dance training at the age of 3 in Garwood New Jersey, and then joined the Yvette's Dance Studio at the age of 13. She participated in the Rockettes Summer Intensive from 2013-2016 and also worked with French Academie of Ballet. In 2015, she joined Moving Youth Dance Company under the direction of Lisa Rumbauskas and Debbie Coury and performed works by Jessica Lee Goldyn, Chip Abbott, Ariel Shepley and Ariel Grossman. Throughout high school, Kayleigh taught at Yvette’s Dance Studio where she first found her passion for teaching and choreographing.  Kayleigh attended The University of the Arts in 2017, and completed one year as a Dance Major. During her time in Philadelphia, she performed in a Broadway themed performance directed by Jeff Coon and choreographed by Gina Duci. She also choreographed a work on her peers for the UArts Winter Dance Series performance. After leaving Philadelphia, she began teaching at Yvette's Dance Studio and Moving Youth.  Kayleigh is so happy to have an apprenticeship with Ariel Rivka Dance.