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RIOULT Dance Center

34-01 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11101  |   Entrance on 34th Avenue  |   (212) 398-5903

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RIOULT Dance NY supports the creation and performance of the choreographic works of Pascal Rioult, and provides the community with an accessible and affordable center for dance and enrichment through the arts.


JOYCE HERRING (Associate Artistic Director/Center Director) is a founding member of RIOULT Dance NY. Ms. Herring danced with the company until 2004 while holding the positions of Rehearsal Director, Regisseur, and Executive Director from 2008-2009. 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, Lyon Opera Ballet, Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Musique de Lyon, Geneva Ballet, 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.