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.
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.
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.|
prefers the lap...
Celebrating its 5th anniversary this May,
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!
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
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.
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.
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
She has had the pleasure of working with David Parsons Dance
Company, Miami City Ballet Company. Complexions and Alvin Aliey Dance.
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!
further information please contact Victoria on 212 721 0658 or