|Born and raised by showbiz parents, Michele is an award winning choreographer, Master instructor, producer, dancer and coach who has spent a lifetime working and
teaching classical ballet, tap dance, musical theater and classical jazz. She has choreographed for both stage and screen including: several Off Broadway shows,
Jacob's Pillow, HBO, Miramax, Circuit Productions, Hanna-Barbera and MTV. Michele has danced as a member of the NYC Company - Ronn Forella and the Second
Century Dancers, as guest artist with the Kirov Ballet, is a featured soloist with the American Tap Dance Foundation and is known as tap dance partner to Charles
Goddertz and the late Harold Cromer. In demand worldwide for her choreography and unique teaching skills Michele is constantly on the move sharing her talents
anywhere dancers are eager to learn. Her choreography has been enjoyed by the Rainbow Room in NYC, Harrah's Casino Reno/Tahoe and on such prestigious stages as
the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and the Duke on 42nd Street Theater on Broadway, NYC to mention a few.
Michele was on the summer staff at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center as an instructor and choreographer for the Extreme Ballet Pre-professional Intensive
Summer Ballet Program under the direction of Martine Van Hamel. Former Director of The New York Dance Center NYC, Master Instructor for Omega Institute Summer
Arts Intensives, an adjudicator and adjunct professor of dance at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz College as well as guest artist for Master classes at Vassar, Bard, and Dutchess
Community Colleges, NADAA (National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Arts), (CSA) Community School of the Arts in Marion Indiana.
Michele is the creator of the New York City Tap Festival Youth and Pre Professional Programs as well as writer/director/choreographer and emcee for
the Tap Youth/Tap Future Concerts for Tap City Festivals 2000-2010. She is a former columnist for the International Tap Association and is currently a faculty member
and dance education advisor to the American Tap Dance Foundation and a guest instructor for Steps on Broadway. She has an 11 year affiliation with the National
Association of Dance & Affiliated Arts, a 15 year affiliation with the American Academy of Ballet, a 26 year affiliation with the American Tap Dance Foundation and a
lifelong affiliation with members of the Royal Academy of Ballet.
(ITA) International Tap Association, (ATDF) American Tap Dance Foundation
(NAADA) National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Arts (AAB) American Academy of Ballet
Dance Magazine* Dancer Magazine * International Tap Association Newsletter * The New York Times New Jersey Star Ledger * Dance Studio Life * Dance Spirit
Magazine * Dance Teacher Now Magazine Dance Teacher Magazine * Dance Studio Life Magazine* and all local press.
Full resume for specific disciplines upon request.
Teaching Experience - a Life Time
Miss Jeannette - (Ballet and Pre Dance) has studied under the direction of Tom Adair and was a member of the
Poughkeepsie Ballet Theater and the Dutchess Dance Theater performing several principal roles and as a featured
soloist in many a Nutcracker. She has performed at the Bardavon and UPAC Theaters in several ensembles and has been
cast in dozens of plays to include: Oliver, Taming of the Shrew, The Apple Tree, The Man Who Came to Dinner and George
M. Cohan, to mention a few. She began her love for dance at the Pinewood Ballet Academy where she trained in Jazz and
Tap from 1981-1989. She continued her dance studies at SUNY Albany, Union College and the Guilderland Dance Center.
Jeannette settled down in Red Hook NY to become a Mom of her three lovely children and now that her children are
older, she has the time to return to her love of dance and share her passion of ballet. She has choreographed for the
Poughkeepsie Civic Ballet Company, Rhinebeck Ballet Theatre and has taught at the Pinewood School of Ballet in both
children's ballet classes and combination classes. Jeannette is excited to meet her new students and looks forward to a
great year of dance, learning and sharing the FUNdamentals!
Todd Li - (Adult Beginner Tap) has been tap dancing for over ten years and has been teaching beginning tap classes for
over five years, and still remembers what it was like to start as a beginner in his early 50's. Todd began his tap dance training
at the Rhinebeck Dance Centre under the direction of Michele Ribble, and has also studied with instructors such as Brenda
Bufalino, David Rider, Eli Newsom, DeWitt Fleming, Susan Hebach, Jared Grimes, Max Pollak and Jason Samuel Smith.
Todd has choreographed and performed at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Todd believes that it is never to late learn to
tap. In addition to his interest in tapping, Todd plays saxophone, and has performed around the Mid-Hudson Valley since
1988, most recently with jazz ensembles at Bard College and SUNY Ulster, the Saugerties Community Concert Band and the
Lions Club Band. Todd also counsels small businesses as a volunteer for SCORE, drawing upon his prior professional
experiences as a geophysicist, supercompter marketing specialist and intellectual property lawyer.
Ellen Chrystal - (Argentine Tango) has taught Argentine Tango in the Hudson Valley for over nine years. She
discovered Argentine Tango in 1996 in New York City and immersed herself in the dance, studying in New York and
Buenos Aires with some of the greatest tango masters of all time. She danced in the milongas of New York, Buenos
Aires and in cities around the world. In Argentine Tango, Ellen found the perfect dance to combine her love for
improvisation and social dancing. In 2006 Ellen founded Tango New Paltz with Nina Jirka and she began Tango
Hudson in 2008. She continues to teach ongoing, progressive weekly classes and workshops in Hudson and
Rhinebeck, and occasionally does special workshops in New Paltz. She is excited to share her passion for Tango at