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

Featured articles:  
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
Faculty
Miss Jeannette - (Ballet and Little Show Stoppers) 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 grown
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!
Michele Ribble
Artistic Director/Founder  
Producer/Choreographer
Dance Educator
Master Teacher
Adjudicator                           
Visual Musician
Coach
RDC FACULTY
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
RDC.
Jennifer Lavenhar ~ is a classically-trained ballet dancer, who apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet and performed as a
Principal Dancer with the Classic Ballet Company of New Jersey.  She now teaches ballet classes and the fitness
program that she developed--Personal Body Toning--throughout the Hudson Valley.  Jennifer is also a member of the
contemporary dance company Lokasparśa Dance Projects, where she has performed and contributed choreographically
to two full-length pieces, staged in New York City and Woodstock, NY.  She dances regularly with Lokasparśa's monthly,
multimedia dance lab--DanceRisk! and at the annual Choreography on the Edge showcase at the Byrdcliffe Theater in
Woodstock, NY.  She lives in Rhinebeck where she is also Mom to two teenage boys and is very happy to be a part of the
RDC Dance Family.