|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
|RDC Teacher BIOS and
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 Inna Yureneva - (Youth and Teen Russian Ballet Technique) originally from Moscow, Russia, graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2002. As a
student of the Academy, Inna performed in a number of Bolshoi Theater ballet productions. In June 2002, she moved to the United States with her family. Since
then she has performed with numerous companies, including Metropolitan Opera, Connecticut Ballet, Saba Dance Theater, Ballet New York, New Dance Group
company, Lynn Barr Dance Theater and Lumiere Ballet. Inna is a Certified Teacher in the ABT National Training Curriculum, Primary through Level 3. She has an
extensive experience in teaching Ballet for different levels and ages in New York. Inna maintains her relationship with the Bolshoi Academy and currently work
as a director at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in CT. Inna is excited to be a part of the Rhinebeck Dance faculty.
Miss Anne Brosche, (RDC Ballet Mistress and Director for Rhinebeck Ballet Theatre) 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
scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school for 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 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 Bal. She was also a featured soloist with
Poughkeepsie Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gilbert Reed. 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. Miss Anne also has the distinction of having world renowned
choreographer, William Forsythe set his first ballet, ”Foibles” on her. She studied choreography, dance and theater at Jacksonville University and Los Angeles City
College with Diana Canova and Mark Hamill as her coaches. 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.
Ms Erika Campbell - (Youth Combo Classes, Pre Dance and Recreational Dance)
This will be Erika's 6th year at RDC and we just love her!
She has yet to give us her bio.
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) began his tap dance training at the Rhinebeck Dance Centre in the early 50's .... more precisely, HIS early 50's. He has studied and
trained primarily under the direction of Michele Ribble, and in Master classes with instructors including David Rider, Brenda Bufalino, DeWitt Fleming, Susan Hebach,
Eli Newsom, Charlene Barro, Jared Grimes, Max Pollak and Jason Samuel Smith. He has choreographed and performed at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. In addition
to his interest in tapping, he plays saxophone, and has performed around the Mid-Hudson Valley since 1988, most recently with the Big Blue Big Band, the Lions Club
Band and the Contemporary Jazz Composers Ensemble at Bard College. Todd's teaching philosophy combines the fundamentals and history of tap with his interest in
jazz music, so that the students can learn to teach themselves. Todd is honored to have this opportunity to share his love of tapping with others.
Todd also counsels small businesses as a volunteer for SCORE, drawing upon his prior professional experience in geophysics, supercomputers, marketing and
intellectual property law."
Abby Puca-Kelly (Tap, Street Jazz and Contemporary) has been dancing with Michele at RDC in ballet, tap and jazz since she was a teen. This will be Abby's 5th
year teaching at RDC. She has performed with the American Tap Dance Foundation productions of Tap Future at the Joyce Theater in NYC, and has studied under
such greats as Gregory Hines and Jimmy Slyde. She loves RDC and cant wait to begin training again this fall.
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!
Also Available at this facility:
CardioDance Classes with MonRay Francois
He has performed in numerous music videos, Broadway and Off Broadway productions and most recently seen performing at the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center's
production of Rent. He wants participants to come to his class with one thing in mind... Conditioning the body. Mon Ray is very excited about joining the RDC dance
Mr. Timothy Hess (aka Mr. Tim) - RDC Managing Director
Timothy Hess joined Rhinebeck Dance Centre in 2011. He is the former Program Manager of Kaatsbaan International Dancer Center and School
Administrator, Milwaukee Ballet (MBS). He initiated the groundwork for MBS to be the only school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association
of Schools of Dance. Mr. Hess’s professional career began directly after High School and then studies at the U. of W. -Milwaukee and the U. of U.-Salt
Lake City. International work includes soloist with Disney on Parade, Dance Director of Evita; Principal Dancer and Dance Captain at Le Lido, Paris;
Soloist at La Scala Restaurante Espectaculo, Barcelona; Producer, Choreographer, and Principal dancer of High Gloss; choreographer and lead
dancer for Paloma San Basilio Show with TV & live appearances. In addition, his repertoire includes Character Soloist roles in Milwaukee Ballet’s
productions of Don Quixote Ballet, The Mightey Casey, and Of Rage and Remembrance; instructor at Milwaukee Ballet School, the Cadaques Dance
Center & La Escuela Professional de Maniques y Exhibidores-Barcelona. Mr. Hess has extensive experience as a professional model for print, runway,
trade shows, and TV commercials. He holds a B.S.B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University.
Ms Susie King (Children's Ballet and Tap classes and assistant to Michele Ribble) Started dancing at the age of 3. This summer she completed a three week
Summer Ballet Intensive at the University of Alabama with the American Ballet Theatre an additional three weeks of study in NYC with Francois Perron at the
French Academie of Ballet. She has been accepted to: The American Ballet Theatre, Kaatsban Extreme Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, French Academie of Ballet and
the Manhattan Youth Ballet. She has also participated in numerous competitions such as Starbound, Access Broadway, Beyond the Stars, Youth America Grand
Prix and has competed for the national title with Dance Educators of America. Her credits include: dancing in the Dance Conventions, Monsters of Hip Hop,
Jump and the New York City Dance Alliance. A featured soloists with the CENTER for Performing Arts production of the Nutcracker for Arabian and Spanish as
well as cops de ballet and an ensemble dancer with White Christmas choreographed by former Rockette, Ann Cooley. In addition, Susie is an assistant
student/teacher of martial arts at the Mid-Hudson Chinese Language Center. She is a senior at Franklin D Roosevelt High School and this will be her 2nd year of
teaching dance at RDC. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of ballet with the RDC students this Fall.