Caitlyn Casson

is a global performing artist, choreographer and teacher. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a minor is Psychology. Casson’s desire for internationally diverse, artistic endeavors has taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Paris, Israel, and most recently, Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina as an international dance trainer with MindLeaps. In 2012 she performed at the notable Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Caitlyn has performed nationally with Eleone Dance Theatre, Balasole Dance Company and Beth Liebowitz and Artists. She is currently dancing with Ariel Rivka Dance and DamageDance Company. Caitlyn lives in NYC and continues to develop her passion for contemporary movement through performance, choreographic and teaching opportunities.

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Allie Kronick

graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with a dual BA in Jazz and Modern Dance Performance. She was a four year company member with Houston MET Dance, performing works by renowned choreographers including Peter Chu, Kate Skarpetowska, Larry Keigwin, and Lauren Edson.  Since relocating to New York, Allie has worked with Omar Roman De Jesus, Joe Celej, The Next Stage Project, and AnA Collaborations. She currently dances for Abarukas and Ariel Rivka Dance.

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KRISTIN LICATA

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.

CASIE MARIE O'KANE

originally from Northern Virginia, attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, California. While in the training program, Casie worked closely with Alonzo King, David Harvey, Maurya Kerr, Christian Burns, and Karah Abiog. Casie has choreographed for the Dance Vision Series, The Young Choreographers Festival, and developed her own interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s “A Solider’s Tale” with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Sun Valley Idaho. Since moving to New York in 2012 she has worked with Sidra Bell, Salvator LaRussa, Erin Carlisle Norton, Maruya Kerr, Jennifer Archibald and Karol Armitage. This is Casie’s third season with Ariel Rivka Dance.

JACLYN REa

is a freelance artist in New York City currently performing with Ariel Rivka Dance Company, Caterina Rago Dance Company, Heidi Latsky Dance and Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs. She is a dance faculty member at AMDA College. Ms. Rea earned her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase in 2012. While attending school, she danced works by Mark Morris, Stephen Petronio, Nelly Van Bommel, and Ethel Winter. She studied at London Contemporary Dance School in 2010, performing at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre on exchange. Following graduation, Jaclyn joined Graham 2, 360º Dance Company, and performed projects directed by Kun Yang Lin, Darshan Bhuller, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Suzzanne Ponomarenko, Annie Wang, The Hoover Dam Collective, Sean McLeod, Jennifer Conley, and Joyce King Dance Company, whom she has performed with internationally.

KYLEIGH SACKANDY

is from Ellicott City, Maryland and holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase College- Conservatory of Dance and an MS in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sarah Lawrence College. She has performed professionally in New York with SYREN Modern Dance, NuDance Theater, Indah Walsh Dance Company, Kat Galasso, and Beth Liebowitz & Artists 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.

DANITA SHAHEEN

is a dancer and choreographer 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, and Max Stone. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College’s BFA program and has been performing professionally in New York since 2006. She is honored to be working with Ariel Rivka Dance and has also had the pleasure of performing with Kaleidoscope Dance Theater, Dance Cat-alyst, Grace Rising Dance, Tamara Saari Dance, Jacobs Campbell Dance, 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 performing, choreographing and teaching, Danita is also the founder and Artistic Director of Dance Riot Rep., and the President of the Alternative Arts Association, a multimedia arts organization and registered 501(c)3-www.alternativearts.org.

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HANA GINSBURG TIROSH

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.

 
 
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Cassandra Bowser (apprentice)

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!