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Our goals are to cultivate appreciation for dance as an art form in all communities, to nurture new and talented artists of all kinds, and to promote healthy, physically active lifestyles in children and adults. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of New York State, New York City, our community, and our dedicated staff. Thank you for your support!

Yarden Ronen-van Heerden
Executive Director

Board of Directors

Theresa Certosimo - President
William Mattle - Vice President
David Spaulding - Treasurer
Marcia Taranto - Secretary
Barbara Kline
Camille Rommett
David Bondy
Deborah Damast
Debora Levit
Dr. Donald Rose
Graciela Kozak
Igal Perry
Joey Fernandez

Igal Perry
Artistic Director

Igal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Capezio Center and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Mr. Perry's elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as "blessedly inventive" (Jennifer Dunning, New York Times). Born in Israel, Igal Perry began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk dance company. He later joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he worked with leading teachers and choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, John Butler, Rudi Van Dantzig, Inesse Alexandrov, Paul Sanasardo, and Lar Lubovitch. Upon arriving to the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne's Dancers as ballet master and choreographer. During that period, he staged John Butler's work for the NYC Opera, the Opera of Munich, Caracas Ballet, and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where he also directed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's opera Paradise Lost. From 1981 to 1982, Mr. Perry headed the ballet department at Jacob's Pillow. In 1983, he launched his dance school, Peridance Capezio Center, now one of New York City's leading dance institutions. A year later, he founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 50 works, with performances at BAM, The Joyce Theater, and City Center. In addition to his daily class at Peridance, Mr. Perry serves as guest faculty/choreographer at The Jacob's Pillow Festival, The Ailey School, and Marymount Manhattan College, and The Juilliard School, where he staged his Intimate Voices and Mourning Song. His international teaching engagements include: Scapino Ballet and Het National Ballet (Holland), Laterna Magica and the National Ballet (Prague), Architanz (Tokyo), The Royal Ballet of Sweden and Balettakademien (Sweden), the National Ballet of China, and the Kwang-Ju City Ballet Company (Korea). In 2007, he was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame.

Yarden Ronen-van Heerden
Executive Director

Born in Israel and raised in a kibbutz, Mr. Ronen-van Heerden began his dance training at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and continued his studies on full scholarship at the Bat-Dor School of Dance in Tel-Aviv, under the artistic direction of Jeannette Ordman. In 1996, he joined the Israeli Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he performed works by renowned choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Ed Wubbe, Nils Christie, and Luciano Cannito, and was featured in the Israeli Opera's productions of Samson and Delilah and Turandot. In 2000, he was promoted to principal dancer. In 2001, Mr. Ronen-van Heerden moved to New York City to became a member of Ballet Hispanico under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez, where he worked on new creations with choreographers Ann Reinking, Graciela Daniel, and Ramon Oller. While with Ballet Hispanico, he served as guest performer with Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance and Igal Perry's Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. In 2003, he joined Buglisi Dance Theater under the direction of Jacqulyn Buglisi and Donlin Foreman, where he had the opportunity to work with Martha Graham luminaries including Miki Orihara, Christine Dakin, and Terese Capucilli. In 2004, he received an invitation to join the critically acclaimed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago under the direction of Jim Vincent. While there, he performed ballets by top international choreographers William Forsythe (USA/Germany), Jiri Kylian (Netherlands), Ohad Naharin (Israel), Nacho Duato (Spain), Twyla Tharp (USA), Lar Lubovitch (USA), Christopher Bruce (UK), Toru Shimazaki (Japan), Marguerite Donlon (Ireland), and Daniel Ezralow (USA), among many others. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden was a recipient of the 2007 Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition for emerging choreographers. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden has toured extensively across the United States and internationally, visiting Canada, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, and Russia. In 2008, he moved back to New York City to serve as Director of Development and Public Relations at Peridance Capezio Center and later as the Executive Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, under the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director, Igal Perry. At Peridance, in addition to developing, promoting, and overseeing the Center, he founded the Certificate Program, BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive, Winter Intensive, APAP Showcases, and the bi-annual Faculty and Student Showcases. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden also serves as a board member of the Emergency Fund for Dancers in New York, a consultant for artists and dance organizations, and is an adjudicator at dance competitions around the nation.

Attila Csiki
Development Associate

Attila Joey Csiki began his dance training at the Canadian Dance Company in Toronto subsequently to join the National Ballet of Canada. Upon receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, Attila relocated to New York City and thereafter joining the New York City Ballet.
Other companies include Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Du Capital ballet of Toulouse France, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses and Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico.
Attila received the Princess Grace Award in 2010 for his extensive work with Lar Lubovitch.
Attila partnered with ballet legend and Prima Ballerina Alessandra Ferri for her return to the stage in "The Piano Upstairs". Since 2013 Attila created and appears in Christopher Wheeldon's original Broadway production of An American In Paris winning 4 Tony awards, 7 drama desk awards and 6 outer critic awards. Most recently Attila has been seen in the revival of Brigadoon the musical at City Center, an Encores production.

Nikki Holck
Rehearsal Director

Nikki Holck is from Honolulu, Hawaii where she began her dance training at Queen Emma Ballet. She continued her studies on scholarship at North Carolina School of the Arts. Nikki graduated from Canada's National Ballet School, where she also completed her post secondary studies. Upon graduation, she joined the National Ballet of Canada. She moved to New York to join Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry. Nikki has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of contemporary and classical works, including pieces by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Korhan Basaran, Bryan Arias, and Igal Perry. She is currently a freelance artist in New York working in oollaboration with artists of different fields in addition to performing and teaching abroad with KorhanBasaran and Artists. Nikki is Director of theCertificate Program, Coordinator for BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive, and Rehearsal Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.