KATHARINE RYGIEL originally from Largo, FL attended the Miami City Ballet School for three years where she performed works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, and August Bournonville. During her time in Miami, she acted as teacher’s assistant, demonstrating for and guiding the younger students in the school. In May of 2017, she graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance, Outstanding Achievement, and a BA in English. At SMU, Ms. Rygiel danced works by Martha Graham, Adam Hougland, Joshua L. Peugh, and others. She has performed in the Dallas Dance Festival and the NEXT@Graham festival in NYC. This is Ms. Rygiel’s second year with RIOULT Dance NY. During her first year with the company, she participated in company outreach and helped to restage Pascal Rioult’s work in France and New York, where she worked closely with children four to seventeen years of age.