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 March - April 2013
Ripley Grier Studios
Employee of the Season
mystery manIt's no secret why we've been New York's #1 rehearsal studios for over 2 decades. Anybody can rent beautiful, clean studios, but unless you have a staff of dedicated customer service professionals, you can't give an artist the experience and comfort they need to do their best work. Please tell us who has made your experience at RG unforgettable this past winter, so that we can honor them with our "Employee of the Season" title. Email John at john@ripleygrier.com to enter a name into the hat. The winner gets a cash prize, their name and photo on our special plaque, and a PONY!*

(*Some restrictions apply)

Events and Shameless Plugs
Theatre Resources Unlimited, a longtime associate of RG, is having their 2013 TRU Audition Event Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th. A great chance to be seen by over 40 theatre companies and producers. Visit the TRU Website for more info.

Our own Graham McCarty will be starring in the Rodeph Shalom Theatre Company's production of Josephand the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this May 1st-5th. Get ticket info HERE.

A Message from Patricia Ripley

Spring Fundraiser for the Long Beach Schools Arts and Music Departments.


In my home town of Long Beach, the elementary schools, Middle School and the High School all sustained major losses in building damage, and some are still not open. The Music and Art Departments lost instruments, uniforms, books, etc.

So we are starting a fundraiser starting April 3rd to help them recover and hopefully open these fine departments this year..   They provide an invaluable experience for young people, (my daughter Jeannie is in the band and a budding artist). This fundraiser is very local and close to the heart for me, my family and everyone who appreciates music and art in the schools. Please give what you can; we will collect at the reception desks. The fundraiser will run from April until June.  


Thank you, Patricia Ripley

Happy Spring!!

And since Spring is the season of birth, it's the perfect time to crow about our new spaces! For those of you who may not know, we just built the best studios in town. Again. Our new expansion on the 17th floor at our flagship 520 8th ave location is nothing short of incredible, if we do say so ourselves (and we do!). The short list: Individual, whisper-quiet climate control in every room. earth friendly (and gorgeous) bamboo floors, men's and women's dressing areas, lovely Hudson river views, lush curtains, and a new convenient reception area right off the 17th floor elevator lobby, so you can check in right there and get on with what you're here for:

Relax. Explore. Create.

Director of Operations
Ripley-Grier Studios

Irene Kent
Irene Kent

Irene has 20 years of experience performing, teaching, and choreography. Her recent credits include guest choreographer for the State Ballet of Rhode Island with world-renowned composer Hayden Wayne, with performances in New York City, as well as a choreographer for New Dance Group. Irene has performed on Broadway and nationally and internationally in such shows as West Side Story, A Chorus Line, and Cole Porter reviews. While attending Point Park, she worked with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (under the guidance of Melissa Hayden), the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the American Dance Ensemble (under the direction of Nicholas Petrov). Irene has performed in numerous venues throughout the United States, Central Europe, and the Far East (including China and Japan). She teaches and privately coaches ballet throughout the New York City region.

Irene says that she uses Ripley Grier because of "the professional environment that Ripley Grier Studios provides to my students. The Studios are well maintained and have sprung floors which is wonderful for teaching dance especially ballet technique.  The staff is warm, friendly, helpful and make everyone feel comfortable and welcome."

Irene holds classes at our 131 West 72nd st location, and accepts Visa and Mastercard as well as cash. She can be reached through her website or by phone at 917-754-6829
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