co_coochCATHERINE COOCH (Dancer) is from Fairfax, VA and began dancing at age three. Ms. Cooch studied modern, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She also trained at Maryland Youth Ballet under Michelle Lees. In May 2013, Ms. Cooch received a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, where she performed works by Loni Landon, Maxine Steinman and Anthony Ferro. Ms. Cooch joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2013.



JAKE DEIBERT (Dancer) is from Flemington, NJ. He graduated from Montclair State University in 2014, where he received a BFA in Dance. Mr. Deibert has performed works by Paul Taylor, José Limón, Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle, Bill T. Jones, Andrea Miller, Frederick Earl Mosley, Kevin Wynn, Maxine Steinman, and Chase Brock. He has performed professionally with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, 360° Dance Company, Mazzini Dance Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, and the VON HOWARD PROJECT. Mr. Deibert joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2015.



BRIAN FLYNN (Dancer/Assistant Rehearsal Director) is originally from Walpole, MA. Mr. Flynn earned his BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and has performed the works of choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Mary Anthony, Eun Me Ahn, and Kevin Wynn. He has also performed with the Boston Ballet in Ben Stevenson’s production of Cleopatra. Mr. Flynn has taught and set works for RIOULT at the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program, Goucher College, and the Bermuda Civic Ballet. Mr. Flynn joined RIOULT Dance NY in 1999 and is co-founder of RIOULT Circle.

co_hainesCHARIS HAINES (Dancer) is originally from Carpinteria, CA. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BFA in Dance, where she received the Alice Condodina Performance Award upon graduation. In NYC, Ms. Haines has performed with Wendy Osserman, Silver-Brown Dance, Jessica Gaynor Dance, Katherine Howard, Sue Hogan, and Lux Dance. She is a teaching artist wtih RIOULT’s DanceREACH program and is also a certified Pilates instructor. Ms. Haines was first introduced to the company while working at The Joyce Theater as the Assistant House Manager. She joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2007.

co_huntJERE HUNT (Dancer) a native of Huntsville, AL, holds a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. While there, he performed works by David Parsons, Christopher d’Amboise, Martha Graham, Molissa Fenley, Edgar Zendejas, and others. Mr. Hunt was an apprentice with the Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman. In NYC, he has worked with Veracity Dance Theatre, SYREN Modern Dance, and DeMa Dance. He also had the privilege of staging Pascal Rioult’s Bolero at Adelphi University. Mr. Hunt joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2010.

co_kimmelMELANIE KIMMEL (Dancer) is originally from Baltimore, MD. She graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. She has performed works by Dwight Rhoden, Kataryzna Skarpetowska, Elena Comendador, Jae Man Joo, and Pascal Rioult. Ms. Kimmel is also a certified yoga instructor. She joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2015.



CORINNA LEE NICHOLSON (Dancer) is originally from Houston, TX. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University, receiving her BFA in Dance Performance with an award for Outstanding Achievement. While at SMU, Ms. Nicholson performed the works of Martha Graham, Maurice Béjart, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, and Pascal Rioult’s Wien. Since moving to NYC, Ms. Nicholson has worked with Amy Marshall Dance Company, Mazzini Dance Collective, and Taylor 2. Ms. Nicholson joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2015.


co_phillipsMICHAEL SPENCER PHILLIPS (Dancer) is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BFA, Dance) where he was also a member of the Peter Sparling Dance Company. He attended the Merce Cunningham School on scholarship and performed in the Cunningham Repertory Group. Other performance credits: New York City Opera, Battleworks Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Risa Jaraslow and Dancers, and an apprenticeship with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Mr. Phillips is a teaching artist with RIOULT’s DanceREACH program and has had the privilege of restaging Mr. Rioult’s work. He joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2002 and is co-founder of RIOULT Circle.

co_segerSARA E. SEGER (Dancer). Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Seger attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she performed works by Mark Morris, José Limón, Larry Keigwin, Diane Markham, and others. She then attended the Fellowship Program at The Ailey School and performed Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during their New York City Center Season. Other credits: Lincoln Center Institute, Cool NY Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Jennifer Muller/The Works Hatch Series, and American Dance Festival. Ms. Seger joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2011.

co_verlezzaSABATINO A. VERLEZZA (Dancer) grew up in Shaker Heights, OH. He received a BFA in Dance from Kent State University, where he graduated summa cum laude with honors from the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. While at Kent State, he also sat on the Board of the National Dance Education Organization. He began his dance education at the Cleveland San Jose Ballet/Cleveland School of Dance and continued his training with Nancy Lushington and his parents Barbara and Sabatino Verlezza. He has performed multiple works by May O’Donnell and is a certified teacher of the O’Donnell technique. Mr. Verlezza joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2012.

co_briggsCHANEY BRIGGS (Apprentice) originally from Sacramento, California where she began her performance career in musical theatre. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan in 2016 where she received a BFA in Dance with a modern concentration. Ms. Briggs has performed works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, Anthony Morigerato, Catherine Cabeen, and Elena Comendador. Ms. Briggs joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2016.


JOSEPH COLUMBUS (Apprentice) began his training in the Chicagoland area where he studied with Forum Dance Theatre. On scholarship, he has attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Springboard Danse Montreal. In May 2016, he graduated from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program where he performed works by Pascal Rioult, Alexander Ekman, Mark Morris, Robin Mineko Williams, Alvin Ailey, Jae Man Joo, Christopher Huggins, and Norbert De La Cruz III. Mr. Columbus joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2016.


AMANDA ESPOSITO (Apprentice) began her dance training at The Joffrey Ballet School before graduating from Cornell University. She has danced on tour with The Illusionists: Live from Broadway, Ballet Hispanico 2, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and performed works by Robert Battle, Alejandro Cervera, William Forsythe, Ray Mercer, David Parsons, Pedro Ruiz, Matthew Rushing, Paul Taylor, and others. She was the 2013 recipient of the Judith Jamison Scholarship at The Ailey School. Ms. Esposito joined RIOULT Dance NY in 2016.