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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

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


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, Israel under the artistic direction of Jeannette Ordman. In 1996, he joined Bat-Dor Dance Company and became a soloist in 1999. In 2001 he moved to New York City to join Ballet Hispanico under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez, where he worked with choreographers Ann Reinking and Graciela Daniel. 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, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Bruce, Toru Shimazaki, Marguerite Donlon, and Daniel Ezralow. In 2007, Yarden was a recipient of the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition for emerging choreographers. In 2008, after a fulfilling career on the stage, Yarden was invited by Mr. Perry to become the Director of Development and Public Relations at Peridance Capezio Center and later on as as the Executive Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. At Peridance, in addition to developing and overseeing the management of the Center, he is the co-founder and director of Peridance's APAP Showcases, the Certificate Program, BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive, Winter Intensive, and the Faculty and Student Showcases.


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.