RIOULT Dance NY Winter Gala: Celebrating the arts with zest

A week and a half ago, RIOULT Dance NY invited me to its Winter Gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The evening affair started off with a cocktail hour that featured surprise performances by the company’s dancers. It also featured a silent auction with items such as dance portraits, restaurant packages, theater tickets, beauty experience packages, and more. The event paid tribute to Ellen Harris and the Coughlin/Davis Family for their unwavering support of RIOULT Dance NY. I loved the vibrant energy and passion that I saw at the event. I especially appreciated these qualities for the company’s newest project: a new RIOULT Dance Center, studios and a world-class school.

Pascal Rioult and his wife Associate Director Joyce Herring proudly spoke about the project. They also mentioned how excited they are for their upcoming dance season at the Joyce Theater that goes from May 31-June 4. Even Kathleen Turner, a guest at the event, expressed her excitement for RIOULT Dance NY. During the evening’s 3-course dinner, Pascal gave guests a taste of what’s to come with a new work set to Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water. I really enjoyed the set with its upbeat blend of retro and modern vibes. It was such a beautiful affair. I’m super excited about the upcoming RIOULT Dance NY programming!


Maria Cristina Anzola, Pascal Rioult, and Kathleen Turner (Photo by: Eric Bandiero)

Dancers Sara E Seger and Michael S Phillips (Photo by: Eric Bandiero)

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