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RIOULT Dance NY Searches for New Home, Hope Greenfield Donates $500,000

by Michelle Tabnick
April 29, 2014
RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, has been searching for a long-term home in an effort to better serve the community, grow their patronage and set up a companion school for the company. Recently, Hope Greenfield, chairwoman of Rioult's Board of Directors donated $500,000 through her family foundation, the Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation, to support the company's search.

"The extremely generous gift from the Gordon & Harriet Greenfield Foundation is a 'gift of life' for my dance company. It has given life to our dream of building a dance center in New York City - a long-term goal that is suddenly very real. With this gift, Hope Greenfield has inspired and challenged us to raise matching funds, plan carefully, operate responsibly, and above all, succeed. This is a very exciting time for RIOULT Dance NY." -Pascal Rioult

Hope Greenfield joined RIOULT Dance NY's Board in 2005 and is now the Chair of the Board. The Gordon & Harriet Greenfield Foundation has been a long-standing annual contributor of the Company enabling Pascal Rioult to create new works and to integrate live music in performances. It has also been a stable provider of funds for general operations. In 2008, the Foundation commissioned the creation of "Views of the Fleeting World," a piece choreographed by Pascal Rioult and set to J.S. Bach's "The Art of Fugue." For a long time it was Hope's dream to have the foundation support the development of a dance center for RIOULT Dance NY. In 2013 this dream became a reality when the Gordon & Harriet Foundation dissolved and the Foundation decided to give a large gift to RIOULT Dance NY.

RIOULT Dance NY, celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the 2013-2014 Season, fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for bringing the sensual, articulate, and musical dance works of Pascal Rioult to audiences worldwide. The twelve-dancer company, based in New York City, is led by husband-and-wife team Artistic Director/Choreographer Pascal Rioult and Associate Artistic Director Joyce Herring - both former Martha Graham Dance Company principal dancers. With an established repertoire of over 40 dances that expands each year, RIOULT Dance NY presents an annual New York Season and tours nationally and abroad. In addition, in-school arts education and community outreach have been integral to the company since its inception, introducing students and families to the art of modern dance. www.rioult.org

Major supporters of RIOULT Dance NY: Fund for New Works, a Kenneth French Legacy; Gordon & Harriet Greenfield Foundation; The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; The Lepercq Charitable Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation.
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