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"Breaking the Cycle" Fundraiser!
Breaking Cycle
Breaking the Cycle presents its annual showcase to benefit the young men of the Warrior's Way mentoring program and Pens of Power Writing Program. Saturday, August 24th show starts at 8pm, doors open at 730pm. Come out and help us celebrate our youth with  comedy, dancing, singing, and poetry.
Tickets are $10, T-shirts, Refreshments for sale. All proceeds will benefit Youth at Risk, Warriors' Way Program, Breaking the Cycle, and Pens of Power . For More info contact Shakira

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We are accepting nominations for our newest "Employee of the Season". Who's face do you look forward to seeing the most at the front desk? Who's always got your back? Email with your suggestion! 

August 2013 (Our 26th year!)
Summer Continues!
Well, it's looking like our biggest summer ever, thanks to you. You like us!! 
Be sure to keep your claws sharp for fall! Take advantage of our same-day rates and get a studio for as little as $17 an hour, or $5 for a 15-minute warm-up before your audition.

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In Memoriam
We want to take a moment to remember a dear friend who has passed. Beth Kurtz, a client of West 72nd st Studios since we opened our doors, lost her husband this past month. We will always remember Ed's graciousness and warm smile. Behind many of our successful clients are supportive and loving husbands, wives, and partners. We salute each of them for their support of the artists they love.

Butch, Patricia, and all of us at Ripley-Grier

Client Spotlight: Patrick and Student
Patrick DeGennaro,
Vocal technique Workshops
Patrick is a multi award winning singer/ songwriter and pianist. His performances at Joe's Pub,  BB Kings,  and most recently his  crtically acclaimed concerts at BIRDLAND have earned him the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and clubs (MAC), Back Stage BISTRO, and Nightlife Magazine awards for Outstanding Male Vocalist. With over 20 years teaching experience , DeGennaro's workshops integrate the vocal technique he offers (now available on-line at with the application to the music. The workshop offers 7 singers , 20 minutes each to work on and work out the technical problems in their instrument while applying it to the music of their choice.

"I choose Ripley Grier because I am a musician and sound and acoustics are everything to me. I teach the most subtle instrument on earth and I need to hear it. No one else can deliver the sound quality in every studio like Ripley. Also, without ever putting words to it, my clients are just happier here. It's a vibe thing, an energy thing. That's why they're number 1, all the time!" 
aaron tolson Client Spotlight:
Aaron Tolson, Dance Instructor and Choreographer
AaronTolson is a national spokesperson for SoDanca, former consultant and writer for Dance Spirit Magazine, and is the assistant choreographer, co-creator and  producer of Imagine Tap! with his business partner, Derick Grant. He currently teaches at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance in New York City.  Aaron is also the Director or Tap2You, a premier tap dance competition. Amongst many performances and shows, in 2005, Aaron completed a six-year run with Riverdance the show where he was a featured soloist. It brought him to Broadway and Radio City Music Hall and also the  title of Captain of the Tap Dancers


Additionally, Aaron choreographed, produced and directed Something to Tap About, Tapped, Tapped In and Inspired - featuring his own New England Tap Ensemble. He is currently working with a pre-professional youth company, Speaking In Taps, where he is dedicated to developing tap technique in young dancers. Aaron can be reached at for choreography, Master Classes and private lessons. 

Aaron teaches students from a basic/beginner level to advanced, through thoughtful warm-ups and combinations that are taught with technique and rhythm in mind. His goal is to break bad habits and develop good habits that students and teachers alike can take back to their home studios. Aaron believes that it is crucial to teach in a friendly and fun environment to allow dancers to be comfortable, but still challenged. 
"I go to Ripley Grier because they have a friendly staff, good prices and they are always willing to work with my crazy schedule! " - Aaron Tolson