Faculty

 PASCAL RIOULT – Artistic Director / Choreographer

A former track and field athlete in France, Mr. Rioult came to the United States on a fellowship from the French Ministry of Culture to study modern dance in 1981. After performing with the companies of May O’Donnell and Paul Sanasardo he was invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company. He interpreted many of the most prestigious roles in the Graham repertory as a principal dancer, and in 1990, Ms. Graham created the central role (Death Figure) in her ballet Eye of the Goddess for him. Mr. Rioult performed opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Joyce Herring in El Penitente and was featured in two television specials: “Martha Graham in Japan” and “Five Dances by Martha Graham,” filmed at the Paris Opera.

Since starting his own company, RIOULT Dance NY in 1994, Mr. Rioult has dedicated his energies to developing his own choreographic style and nurturing a robust ensemble of dancers. Of his work, Black Diamond, Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times wrote, “…he has met the challenge of comparison with George Balanchine.”

Mr. Rioult’s works have been commissioned by the American Dance Festival; Cal Arts Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA; the Ballet du Nord in Roubaix, France; the Geneva Ballet, Switzerland; The Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation; the Grand Marnier Foundation; the Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines France; Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA; and Marymount Manhattan College; among others. He is a two-time recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography.


 JOYCE HERRING – Associate Artistic Director

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A founding member of RIOULT Dance NY, Ms. Herring danced with the company until 2004 while holding the positions of Rehearsal Director, Regisseur, and, in 2008-2009, Executive Director. Ms. Herring and Mr. Rioult met while dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company, where she was a principal dancer until 1999; they were married in 1988. During her career with the Graham Company she interpreted many leading roles including Lamentation, Deep Song, Jocasta in Night Journey, the Bride in Appalachian Spring, the Virgin in Primitive Mysteries, Heretic, Joan of Arc in Seraphic Dialogue, Helen of Troy in Clytemnestra, and the Conversation of Lovers in Acts of Light, among others.

A former director of the Martha Graham School, Ms. Herring remains a regisseur of the Graham Trust. She has been on the faculties of the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and Marymount Manhattan College, and has taught as a guest teacher at the Juilliard School, Rudra Bejart (Lausanne), Alfredo Corvino’s Dance Circle, the Neighborhood Playhouse, Harvard Summer Dance Center, North Carolina School of the Arts, Ballet du Nord, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Musique de Lyon, the Geneva Ballet and the Ballet de Lorraine, Interlochen Academy of the Performing Arts, and more. Ms. Herring continues to stage Mr. Rioult’s work on companies and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.


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. She is RIOULT Dance NY’s Costume Coordinator and is also manager and production coordinator/backstage advisor for Ballet Academy East.


Marianna Tsartolia – Arts Education Associate

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Born in Athens, Greece, she received a BFA in dance from the State School of Dance. With scholarships from the Alexander Onassis and Merce Cunningham Foundations, Ms. Tsartolia graduated from the Cunningham Studio in 1997. She performed in the U.S. and Europe with Mandafounis Modern Dance Company, Octana Dance Theatre, Connecticut Ballet and Analysis Dance Company, among others. She danced for RIOULT Dance NY for 17 years and has taught in the US, France, Greece and Bermuda. She has restaged RIOULT Dance NY choreography at Frank Sinatra School, Civic Ballet, Bermuda and Hellenic Dance Company, Greece. She has served as assistant to the choreographer and restaged Small Steps,Tiny Revolutions and Fables in the U.S. and France. Ms. Tsartolia holds a Certificate in Fashion Design from Parsons and designs costumes.