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Amy Harrison Named Executive Director of RIOULT Dance NY

by Michelle Tabnick
July 21, 2015
Critically acclaimed, NYC-based troupe RIOULT Dance NY, announces that it has selected Amy Harrison as its new Executive Director. Ms. Harrison has worked with RIOULT Dance NY in a variety of capacities for the last ten years, most notably booking.

"It is always most rewarding for me to promote employees from within the company whether dancers or administrators," said Pascal Rioult, Artistic Director of RIOULT Dance NY. "I have known Amy for over a decade and value her dedication to the company, her extensive knowledge of its history, and her deep understanding of my work. I could not think of a more perfect choice for our Executive Director. I am looking forward to working with her to steward this company into an even brighter future."

"We are so thrilled to have Amy in the role of Executive Director," noted Hope Greenfield, Board Chair of RIOULT Dance NY. "She brings not only her enthusiasm and strong background with RIOULT Dance NY but also her deep knowledge of the dance world to help us enhance our strategy going forward."

Amy Harrison has spent more than 15 years as an arts administrator, educator, manager, and agent. Since 2005, she has worked with RIOULT Dance NY and has worn nearly every administrative hat while maintaining responsibility for securing the company's bookings and tour management. She has influenced the company's growth in touring and worked to raise its profile among the presenting and dance communities across the country. Her deft management and interpersonal skills have proven invaluable to the company whether producing projects on tour or at home.

Prior to joining RIOULT Dance NY, Ms. Harrison worked with the Martha Graham School and Company, helped to usher them through the landmark intellectual property legal case, and was instrumental in resuming activities for both the company and school. For five years she was the Manager of New Amsterdam Singers and now sits on its board as well as the board of the Emergency Fund for Student Dancers.

A respected member of the NYC dance community, she has been invited to serve on professional panels for the Arts and Business Council, the LEAP project for the Queens Arts Council, and The Performing Arts Exchange, among others. She has also consulted with the Emerging Choreographers Series through Mare Nostrum Elements and Pentacle's Cultivating Leadership in Dance.

RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for bringing the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical dance works of Pascal Rioult to audiences worldwide. The ten-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.


RIOULT Dance NY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Major supporters of RIOULT Dance NY's 2014-2015 Season include: Shana Alexander Charitable Foundation; The Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Fund; Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Exploring the Arts; Fund for New Works, a Kenneth French Legacy; Gordon & Harriet Greenfield Foundation; The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Jana Foundation; Kendall-Parker Associates LLC; LaGuardia Performing Arts Center; National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Shubert Foundation; Sidley Austin LLP; TAG Creative; and University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
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