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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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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. 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 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.

KYLEIGH SACKANDY

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.

DANITA SHAHEEN

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.

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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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Elyssa Berg (apprentice)

began her dance training at Impulse Dance Center in Natick, Massachusetts. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. In 2016, she studied abroad with the University of South Florida’s Dance in Paris Semester Program, under the direction of Michael Foley. During her time at VCU, Elyssa performed in works by Scott Putman, Melanie Richards, Judy Steel, as well as guest artists; Doug Varone, Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, and Dawn Bazemore. In 2015, she performed in the official music video for “Victor” by Prinze George, a finalist in the LA Music Video Festival. Outside of VCU, she has studied at Bates Dance Festival’s Young Dancers Program as well as their Professional Training Program. Recently, Elyssa has been commissioned twice by Monkeyhouse Dance Company to choreograph and has been working with Dante Brown Warehouse Dance. Elyssa is excited to be dancing with Ariel Rivka Dance as an apprentice for their 2018-2019 season.

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Jacqueline Dennis (apprentice)

is from Chicago, IL. In high school, she studied under Nick Pupillo’s Visceral Studio Company before heading to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to major in contemporary dance. After two years in North Carolina, Jacqueline transferred to Point Park University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. Once graduated, she moved back to Chicago, where she taught and choreographed on children, studied at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, and performed work both nationally and internationally. Jacqueline has traveled to countries such as Sri Lanka, Israel, and Morocco to perform and study. She has participated in different intensives such as Vertigo, The Seldoms, Thodos Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Keigwin + Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Joffrey Ballet. Early in 2018, she moved to NYC to further her career in dance. Jacqueline is grateful for the opportunity to join Ariel Rivka Dance as an apprentice. 

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Chauncey Pauley (apprentice)

named after her grandfather, grew up in the quaint town of Inverness, Florida. Chauncey attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL on a full performing arts scholarship. She furthered her education at Elon University in North Carolina where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. Since moving to New York she has had the opportunity to work and perform with Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre (Salvatore LaRussa), The Next Stage Project (Jana Hicks and Marijke Eliasberg), Yuka Kawazu/ Dannse En L'air (Yuka Kawazu) and ToUch Performance Art (Elizabeth McGuire), as well as in the Lincoln Center Summer Festival. Chauncey is extremely grateful and excited to start her first season with Ariel Rivka Dance as an apprentice.