|Born and raised by showbiz parents, Michele is an award winning choreographer, Master instructor, producer, dancer, and coach who has spent a
lifetime working in classical ballet, tap dance, musical theater, and jazz. She has choreographed for both stage and screen including: assistant
choreographer for the film "Beetlejuice", several Off Broadway shows, and has choreographed numerous “gag” acts for the Garden Brothers, Right
Bros., Bentley Bros and Ringling Bros. Circuses. Other credits include workshops and performances for Jacob's Pillow, HBO, Miramax, Circuit
Productions, Hanna-Barbera and MTV. As lead dancer and choreographer for the Tommy Sands Revue she has played every town from NY to WA and
has had the privilege of sharing the stage with: Count Basie, James Brown, Charo, Sammy Davis, Jr., Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Jack Jones, Shirley
Maclaine, Fabian, Juliet Prowse, Red Skelton, Ben Vereen, Dianne Walker; just to mention a few. She recently performed in the star-studded
performance of "From the Horse's Mouth" with Martine Van Hamel, Brenda Bufalino, Tina Croll, Edwin Fion and Jamie Cunningham. 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 at
Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival and is known as 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. Students at CSA
(Community School of the Arts) in Marion Indiana were delighted to host her Tap Workshop , where she taught the original Bill Bojangles Robinson Stair
Dance. Her choreography has been enjoyed by audiences at the Rainbow Room in NYC, the Marco Polo in Miami, Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City,
Reno/Tahoe, as well as London, Scotland , Prague and on such prestigious stages as the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and the Duke on 42nd
Street Theater on Broadway, NYC. Michele was on the summer staff at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center as an instructor and choreographer for
their Extreme Ballet Pre-professional Intensive Summer Ballet Program under the direction of Founders Kevin McKenzie and Martine van Hamel, the
Director of The New York Dance Center, a Master Instructor for Omega Institute’s summer intensives, an adjudicator and adjunct professor of dance at
S.U.N.Y. New Paltz College, a Master Instructor for NADAA (National Association of Dancers and Affiliated Arts), writer/director/choreographer and MC for
Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival, a judge for Starbound, National Assoc. of Dance & Affiliated Arts, Step Up2 Dance and Olympic Miss Dance
Competitions. Michele is a columnist for the International Tap Association Newsletter and former Director of The New York Dance Center NYC.
Currently a faculty member and education advisor to the American Tap Dance Foundation, a guest instructor for Steps on Broadway in NYC.
Member of: (AFTRA) the America Federation of Radio & Television Artists, (SAG) Screen Actors Guild, (DTW) Dance Theater Workshop, (ITA)
International Tap Association, (ABT) American Ballet Theater, (ATDF) American Tap Dance Foundation, (NAADA) National Association of Dancers and
Affiliated Arts, Kaatsbaan International, Dutchess and Ulster County Arts Alliances, and Ulster Performing Arts Center.
Michele has a 11 year affiliation with the National Association of Dance & Affiliated Arts, 16 year affiliation with the American Academy of Ballet, an 26
year affiliation with the American Tap Dance Foundation, a lifelong family affiliation with the Royal Academy of Ballet , and is the Founder of the Roya
Curie Dance Scholarship Foundation, which has funded over $17,000 to dancers in need since 1998.
Dance Magazine* Dancer Magazine * International Tap Association Newsletter The New York Times * New Jersey Star Ledger * 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
Master Teacher & Coach
Edwin Fion (Hip-Hop and Contemporary) Professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer is currently working as an exclusive talent for one of the Top NYC
Talent Agencies, the Clear Talent Group. Artistic Director and Teaching artist for NY Dance Residency where he teaches Hip-Hop and Latin-American dance in Arts-In-
Education programs throughout New York State. Originally from Guatemala Edwin holds a degree in Advertising. His professional theater career spans from having
the leading roles in plays such as: West Side Story, Grease, Godspell, Jesus Christ Super Star, and other shows to include: the Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham’s show
“From the Horses Mouth” where he also shared the stage with Martine Van Hammel, Michele Ribble, Brenda Bufalino, and famed Hip-Hop duo Kwik and Rokafella.
His awards as dancer and choreographer include: the prestigious Silver Medal Award at the World Championship of Performing Arts for dance E.E.U.U., and Coach of
the Year Award for La Copa de las Americas, Mexico. His performing and dance training background in Theater and Dance Arts are: Jazz &Tap dance, Hip-Hop,
Clogging, Modern, Ballet, World Dance, Latin, Swing, Musical Theater, and his own style of “BPT” (Body Percussion & Tap). His most recent credits Include:
appearance on the popular ABC network Soap Opera “One Life to Live”, guest choreographer for an Off-Broadway Production of Arabia Nights directed by Amira
More, performing with CWDT at the Alvin Ailey Theater in the production “Tapas”, choreographer for the T.V sport "Mini baby bell cheese, appearance in the new
Verizon campaign and Performing in the International Dance festival Jacob's Pillow.
Eric Soyka - (Fencing and Ballet/ Partnering Classes)
Eric is the director and owner of the Phoenix Center in Poughkeepsie NY, and has been involved with the sport of fencing since the age of ten. In
addition to managing The Phoenix Center, he currently works as an Assistant Coach for the Vassar College Men's and Women's Fencing teams. His
students compete at the divisional, sectional, and national levels. Eric has also competed at the divisional, sectional, and national levels and has two
students currently on the National Points List. He has completed Level 1 Foil at Coaches College and is SST certified for both children and adults. He
is a nationally rated referee earning his level 6 referee in Foil and Epee, and a level 9 in Saber, and is working towards certification as a Moniteur
d'Escrime. Eric also has an extensive classical ballet background. Eric is excited to meet and share her skills with her new RDC students.
Miss Anne Brosche, (RDC Ballet Mistress and Director for Rhinebeck Ballet Theatre) Miss Anne has the distinction of having world renowned choreographer,
William Forsythe set his first ballet, ”Foibles” on her. She has trained in Classical Ballet with Nolan Dingman of North Carolina School of the Arts, Melissa Hayden,
Jacques D’Amboise and Edward Villella of New York City Ballet, Christa Long of the Berlin Opera Ballet, Robert Denvers of Bejart Ballet of the Twentieth Century and
renowned choreographer of stage and film, Eugene Loring. Her passion for dance was recognized by Violet Verde who granted her a scholarship to the School of
American Ballet, the official school for the New York City Ballet. She has also studied extensively under the tutelage of Roya Curie, whom she attributes as being
instrumental in her success as a dancer and RAD syllabus trainer. Anne studied choreography, dance and theater at Jacksonville University and Los Angeles City
College with Diana Canova and Mark Hamill as her coaches and has been in several Off-Broadway productions including The Public Theater, The James Joyce
Memorial Liquid Theatre and Equity Library Theater in New York City. She has been a member of the Poughkeepsie Civic Ballet Company, where she performed as
lead dancer in Jose Coronado's Mujares and Harding Dorn's rendition of Graduation Ball. Anne was also a featured soloist with Poughkeepsie Ballet Theatre under
the direction of Gilbert Reed. She has also been in several national commercials both on television and print ads and has appeared on ABC in a serial
television show with her father. Miss Anne is thrilled to be on faculty at the Rhinebeck Dance Centre and is looking forward to collaborating with an esteemed
professional staff, and in making RDC her dance home.
Ms Erika Campbell - (Youth Combo Classes, Pre Dance and Recreational Dance)
began dancing as a youth at The Blanche Moak Dance Academy and Performing Arts Complex in Kingston, NY. Miss Moak's s specialty was
training children in the art of "Combo" classes and Miss Erika carry's on that tradition today at RDC. She began her dance training under the
direction of Miss Jodi Amato for jazz & tap, Miss Tara Sommerville for classical ballet and with Steve Blockman for Hip-Hop. Later joining a Dance
Competition group named "Blanche's Dance Troupe", she competed in all disciplines and won several high honors and dance trophies. Miss Erika
has a degree in Primary Education from Ulster Community College, and is looking forward to another great dance year with her students at RDC.
Miss Jeannette Kravic - (Adult, Teen, and PreDance classes) 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 taught for the
Poughkeepsie Civic Ballet Company and the Pinewood School in children’s ballet 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.
Ms Katelyn Shoemaker - (Children's Classes and assistant to Edwin Fion)
performed in several shows at The Duke on 42nd Street Theater and Symphony Space on Broadway and at The Joyce Theater in Manhattan. She has also
performed locally at The Center for Performing Arts, Purchase College, Raphael's Dutchess County Search for Talent, Sophisticated Productions, Star Power
Dance, and for the International Dance Competition winning High Honors and Ribbons too numerous to mention. This will be her fifth year performing as a
featured dancer and soloist in the annual production of the Nutcracker of which two years she performed the lead role of Clara. In 2012 Katelyn was seen tap
dancing in a Tribute to James Cagney with The Northern Duchess Symphony Orchestra and with the New York Dance Residency. She has auditioned and
done photo shoots for several Dance Costume Catalogues, studied in New York City at the American Tap Dance Foundation and performed for Tap City-The
NYC Tap Festival. She has attended The American Academy of Ballet taking several styles of dance courses and Injury Prevention. She also likes modeling,
acting and theater dance. Katelyn is a recent graduate of Red Hook High School and will begin college in the Fall and will be working for Edwin Fion’s New
York Dance Residency. This will be Katelyn's 12th year dancing at RDC , second year teaching, and she is looking forward to choreographic collaborations
with her RDC teachers for her youth classes.
Ms Jordan Stroly - (Children's Classes - Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical, and Int. ballet)
began dancing at the age of three at the Stissing Loft School of Dance in Pine Plains, NY, studying Tap and Ballet under the direction of CarolAnn Frenzel. In
1997, Jordan relocated to the Rhinebeck Dance Centre where her love for dance truly came alive under the direction of Michele Ribble. From 1997 through 2004,
Jordan trained in various disciplines, including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Contemporary, Tumbling, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Throughout her years at RDC, she was
given many opportunities to perform. These include the American Stardom competition, the Roya Curie Gala, the Dutchess County Fair, and the Performance
Awards presented by the American Academy of Ballet, where she earned Gold for her performances of Levels Four and Five. In 2001, she attended the American
Academy of Ballet Summer School of Excellence at Vassar College, directed by Mignon Furman, where she was hand-chosen by the director to dance in the final
performance. In high school, Jordan pursued her love of musical theatre at TriArts Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut and with the Stissing Theatre Guild. With
the Guild, she earned the honorable title of Dance Captain, and throughout her experience was a featured dancer and also earned roles such as "Graziella" in
West Side Story and "Bet" and the "Rose Seller" in Oliver!. Jordan is thrilled to be back at the Rhinebeck Dance Centre and knows that her passion for dance will
continue to grow!
Ms Johanna Kravic - (Children's Classes - Ballet,)
Miss Isabella Calogero (Youth & Children's Tap Classes, Tap Company) began dancing at the age of two years old in the disciplines of classical ballet,
pointe, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theater and her favorite... tap. With the direct influence of her mentor Michele Ribble, her love for tap
dance grew even more. Isabella auditioned and was accepted as a member of the American Tap Dance Foundation's Pre Professional Youth Tap
Dance Company, the Tap City Youth Ensemble. She attends the annual NYC Tap Festival, Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation's summer Pre
Professional Tap Dance education program and has studied with professionals from around the world such as: Cartier Williams, Michelle Dorrance,
Claudia Rahardjanoto, Barbara Duffy, Michela Marino-Lerman, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe Arnold, Sarah Reich, Derick Grant, Lisa LaTouche,
Max Pollak, and Brenda Bufalino. She has performed in the Tap Future Showcases and Youth Concerts at the Symphony Space Theater, the American
Tap Dance Foundation's Spring Galas, Tap Extravaganza, Tap It Out, Rhythm in Motion, The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival and will be performing
in The Vancouver Summer Tap Festival. She looks forward to not only educating her students rhythmically, but also informing them about tap
dance's history and all of the great tap dancers that have come before us. Her passion for tap dance is something that will never stop growing.
Isabella is currently a member of Cartier Williams Dance Theatre. She is so excited to share her love for the art form with her students at RDC, and
hopes to make their love for dance continue to grow!
Conor Sullivan - (Beginner Teen Tap) began dancing at the age of three . His passion for Tap dancing was discovered at the age of six under the
direction of Michele Ribble. Since then he has performed with the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Festival at Symphony Space on
Broadway in NYC , the Ulster Performing Arts Center, The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, several performances of the Nutcracker and
the Vanaver Caravan's DanceFest. As a Dutchess County Fair first place winner, Conor became eligible to dance at the State level where his talents
took him into the top 25 finalists in NY State. He is a featured dancer with the RDC Spotlight Dancers and he holds numerous Silver, Gold level
trophies. This is Conor's third year as a Student Teacher In Training at RDC and he is looking forward to joining the RDC Faculty who has greatly
inspired and supported him over the years.