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!
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.
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 Equus Projects/OnSite NYC, The Next Stage Project, and AnA Collaborations. She currently dances for Abarukas and Ariel Rivka Dance.
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.
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.
is from Ellicott City, Maryland and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase College and an MS in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sarah Lawrence College. She performs professionally in New York 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 and adults with developmental disabilities.
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.
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.