Teaching Artists

Julia Ferra – Teaching Artist

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Julia Ferra trained at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, under Natasha Zieger and Mariaelena Ruiz, performing classical roles including Giselle and Chopiniana as a participant in the Youth America Grand Prix. Julia has attended summer training programs at the Joffrey Ballet School, Miami City Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet Austin, and RIOULT Dance NY on scholarship. Julia graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2016, honored with the Golden Key in BFA Dance: Ballet Concentration. Her performance experience includes original works by Anthony Ferro, Elena Comendador, David Flores, and Jae Man Joo. She currently teaches for BAE’s Young Dancer’s Division, is a guest Teaching Artist for RIOULT Dance NY’s DanceREACH arts education program, and is the rehearsal assistant for Jae Man Joo (setting work on the Ailey/Fordham BFA program to premiere in the Fall 2016).


Charis Haines – Teaching Artist

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Ms. Haines is originally from Carpinteria, CA. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BFA in Dance, receiving 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. A teacher for RIOULT’s DanceREACH program, she is also a certified Pilates instructor. Ms. Haines was first introduced to RIOULT while working at The Joyce Theater as the Assistant House Manager. She joined RIOULT Dance NY as a dancer in 2007, and began teaching for DanceREACH in 2010.


Michael Spencer Phillips – Teaching Artist

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Mr. Phillips 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 to restage Mr. Rioult’s work. He joined RIOULT Dance NY as a dancer in 2002, is co-founder of RIOULT Circle, and began teaching for DanceREACH in 2007.


Anastasia Soroczynski – Administrative Director of Youth Programs

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A New Jersey native, graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2002, where she worked with choreographers Donald Byrd, Kevin Wynn, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Ayako Kurakako, Michael Blake, Astrid Von Ussar, and Tracie Stanfield. She danced for RIOULT Dance NY for 12 years and currently co-directs and teaches for RIOULT Dance NY’s DanceREACH program and youth classes. Ms. Soroczynski has restaged Pascal Rioult’s repertory in Rhode Island, Bermuda, and France, taught in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, and France, and is a summer intensive faculty member at Point Park College. In addition to her responsibilities at RIOULT, Ms. Sorozcynski is a manager and production coordinator/backstage advisor at BAE.