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Ripley Grier Studios Newsletter                           May 2010
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The People of Haiti
Still Need Our Help
Tens of thousands in Haiti are about to face the hurricane season with no shelter. As a part of our ongoing fund-raising efforts here at the studios,  we are selling blue and red bracelets (the colors of the Haitian flag) at our three locations.  With a minimum $2 donation you can support our efforts. The bracelets say "Help Haiti-One World RG", and we are donating all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity International. So far we have donated over $3,000 for the Haitian cause.  We appreciate all you can do to help us build a stronger and safer Haiti.

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cafe oasis
Changes Coming to Cafe Oasis...
We'll be getting our powertools out this month to make your favorite rehearsal studio cafe even better. Stop by and say hi to David, our handyman. He's the one with the drill.
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Theatre Group Dzieci
RG's Company in Residence

Ripley-Grier's philosophy of charity and dedication to community has led us to a partnership with Theatre Group Dzieci, an international ensemble dedicated to the search for the "sacred" through the medium of theatre. The group balances its work on performance with work of service, through creative and therapeutic interaction in hospitals and a variety of institutional settings.

Ripley Grier has always had great floors for dancing.
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Celebrating its 5th anniversary this May, StripXpertease is a boutique exotic dance program that teaches a variety of striptease styles to women of all ages and sizes. Inspired by the pole dancing fitness craze, former exotic dancer and StripXpertease founder Kimberly Smith has pushed striptease dance classes beyond the pole to a place where the only props are a pair of 6 inch platforms and a great soundtrack. StripXpertease has developed a cult following of women who come to class to explore sexuality and movement with a focus on humor and a no-holds-barred attitude. Weekly classes include striptease, lap dance, and floor moves- all are designed by former exotic dancers and masters of the art of striptease and seduction. Fitness and wellness are important elements, but the real focus is on women feeling great in their bodies, reconnecting with their sexuality, and developing a sense of community. If that's not enough, there's always a sexy routine students can take home and share with their significant other!

Hey Everyone-

First off, I want to thank you all for reading our April newsletter and getting back to me with questions, advice, and praise (who doesn't love praise? Especially in this business...). We've got some great Teacher Forums this month, highlighting some of the wonderful folks who call Ripley-Grier home. We take the studio business seriously, because we take the Arts seriously. And we like to think that by providing a calming, welcoming atmosphere, and making our clients and their guests feel at home, we contribute in our own way to this creative community. So come on over! You bring the seeds, we've got the soil.

Director of Operations
Ripley-Grier Studios

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Craig Carnelia
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Craig Carnelia has been teaching musical theater acting classes at  Ripley-Grier for 18 years, drawing his students mostly from the Broadway community.  He also travels extensively to universities around the country to teach master classes and enjoys long, ongoing relationships with CCM and Northwestern.


As a songwriter in the theater, he has had four shows produced on Broadway.  Working with composer Marvin Hamlisch, he wrote lyrics for Sweet Smell of Success and Imaginary Friends.  Hamlisch and Carnelia received Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations for their score for Sweet Smell of Success and Carnelia received a Drama Desk nomination for his lyrics for Imaginary Friends.  As both composer and lyricist, Craig wrote the score for Is There Life After High School? and contributed four songs to Studs Terkel's Working for which he received his first Tony nomination.

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Recent highlights include the publication of an "Expanded Edition" of The Craig Carnelia Songbook from Hal Leonard, the premiere of a new compilation of the composer's work, Life On Earth at the Laurie Beechman Theater, a beautiful recording of Flight on Sutton Foster's debut CD Wish, and marriage to his longtime partner, Lisa Brescia.

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Victoria Bader
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 Victoria is a graduate of  The Royal Academy of Dance, and  has studied acting with the Lee Strasberg Institute and Susan Batson. After dancing professionally and performing with modern and theater dance groups all over the world, she moved to New York City and danced with numerous contemporary choreographers and appeared in film and Television projects. She has had the pleasure of working with David Parsons Dance Company, Miami City Ballet Company. Complexions and Alvin Aliey Dance.

 Victoria has taught all over the world and helped many students successfully gain entry into  professional schools and admissions into ballet and contemporary dance companies. She is known for her engaging and precise teaching style and her ability to impart the finer aspects of performing arts training . In 2003 Victoria opened her dance and acting studio in New York City at the Ripley Grier Studios on 72nd street. Her home at Ripley Grier Studios has helped Victoria establish herself in New York City and reach the next generation of performers.

 Victoria offers classes to students from ages 2 yrs to adults in all disciplines of dance and acting training. She continues to inspire the next generation to always enjoy the Arts!

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For further information please contact Victoria on 212 721 0658 or victoriabader@verizon.net
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Offer Expires: July 31st, 2010