Ripley-Grier Studios

Ripley-Grier Studios New York City's Premier Rehearsal and Audition Facilities www.ripleygrier.com

Dear customers, due to last night's blackout our phone lines are experiencing some difficulties. You can still call but ...
07/14/2019

Dear customers, due to last night's blackout our phone lines are experiencing some difficulties. You can still call but there will be longer wait times than normal. If you wan't to avoid the long wait time feel free to e-mail us for a booking at [email protected].

Also, please allow extra travel time when getting to our studios as the elevators at 520 8th Ave are down and the only way up is the freight elevator.

This Saturday (July 13th) we'll be closing up shop early to celebrate RG's wonderful employees at our annual Staff Appre...
07/11/2019

This Saturday (July 13th) we'll be closing up shop early to celebrate RG's wonderful employees at our annual Staff Appreciation Party.

Saturday Hours:
- 520 8th Ave. (8am-9pm)
- 305 W. 38th St. (9am-5pm)
- 939 8th Ave. (9am-5pm)
- 131 W. 72nd St. (9am-8pm)

We'll resume our regular hours on Sunday (July 14th).

Happy Independence Day!!! 🇺🇸“From every mountain side, let freedom ring.” #happy4thofjuly #independenceday #ripleygrier ...
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day!!! 🇺🇸
“From every mountain side, let freedom ring.” #happy4thofjuly #independenceday #ripleygrier #freedom #liberty

Dance away those Monday Blues!!!
06/24/2019

Dance away those Monday Blues!!!

Happy 1st Day of Summer!
06/21/2019

Happy 1st Day of Summer!

HAPPY WORLD MUSIC DAY!!!!!What better time to stop by RG and bust out a song or two. You provide the talent, we'll provi...
06/21/2019
Make Music - June 21 - The Worldwide Celebration of Music

HAPPY WORLD MUSIC DAY!!!!!
What better time to stop by RG and bust out a song or two. You provide the talent, we'll provide the space!

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are...
06/20/2019

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.
- Pope Francis

That song isn't going to write itself! #lookingatyou #ripleygrier #relaxexplorecreate #broadwaybeginshere
06/12/2019

That song isn't going to write itself! #lookingatyou #ripleygrier #relaxexplorecreate #broadwaybeginshere

Only a few days left to catch up on your Tony noms!!! What shows have you seen this season? #tonyawards2019 #broadway #r...
06/06/2019
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Only a few days left to catch up on your Tony noms!!! What shows have you seen this season? #tonyawards2019 #broadway #ripleygrier #broadwaybeginshere #supportlivetheatre

After the Tony Awards, prices are going to skyrocket!

We would like to wish all of our LGBTQ+ clients and staff a Happy Pride Month! We are proud of you this month and all ye...
06/04/2019

We would like to wish all of our LGBTQ+ clients and staff a Happy Pride Month! We are proud of you this month and all year long.

Comment with a photo of yourself playing that role of a lifetime with the hashtag #RGtonys to be featured on our Faceboo...
06/03/2019

Comment with a photo of yourself playing that role of a lifetime with the hashtag #RGtonys to be featured on our Facebook & Instagram this week in celebration of the TONY AWARDS.

Happy World Bicycle Day!!!- Photos of RG staffers Jim Ku and Juan Banqueth (with his husband Mike) participating in the ...
06/03/2019

Happy World Bicycle Day!!!
- Photos of RG staffers Jim Ku and Juan Banqueth (with his husband Mike) participating in the "Braking AIDS Ride" from Boston to New York.
Their next ride is coming up in September. Show your support for our boys and donate to this wonderful organization. https://www.classy.org/team/204287 #worldbicycleday #ripleygrier #brakingaidsride #teamku

What an fun collection of shows this season. Congrats to all our friends who are nominated!!! @thetonyawards #broadway #...
05/30/2019
2019 Tony Awards Season Compilation Album Reveals Track List | Playbill

What an fun collection of shows this season. Congrats to all our friends who are nominated!!! @thetonyawards #broadway #tonyawards #tonys2019 #nobusinesslikeshowbusiness #ripleygrier #broadwaybeginshere

The June release includes a special live performance from the late 2019 Special Tony Award recipient Marin Mazzie.

Let us reflect and honor the courage of the brave men and women who have served to protect our country and have given th...
05/24/2019

Let us reflect and honor the courage of the brave men and women who have served to protect our country and have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

- "Flag" Painting by Jasper Johns

HAPPY RED NOSE DAY!! Stop by any RG location to purchase your very own red nose and help us raise money for Comic Relief...
05/23/2019

HAPPY RED NOSE DAY!! Stop by any RG location to purchase your very own red nose and help us raise money for Comic Relief USA. They’re a wonderful charity whose mission is to end childhood poverty one smile at a time. #ripleygrier #rednoseday

It is May 20th. That means it’s 520 day! #Happy520Day to all the companies who reside in 520 8th Ave and to all the visi...
05/20/2019

It is May 20th. That means it’s 520 day! #Happy520Day to all the companies who reside in 520 8th Ave and to all the visitors who graciously frequent them and us on the 10th, 16th, and 17th floor.

05/17/2019

Official RG merch available at all RGNY locations!

#ripleygrier #studios #ripleygrierstudios #merch #tiedye #newyork #nyc #rehearsal #broadway #broadwaybeginshere

Happy Mother’s Day!!! ❤️🌸🌼💐💕
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day!!! ❤️🌸🌼💐💕

Don't miss out on the FUN! American Stage Classics "THEATER JAM!" SAT. MAY 18th - 3:00pm @ RG 305 W. 38th St.A fun after...
05/10/2019
"THEATER JAM" - American Stage Classics - SCENES & SONGS

Don't miss out on the FUN!
American Stage Classics "THEATER JAM!"
SAT. MAY 18th - 3:00pm @ RG 305 W. 38th St.
A fun afternoon of classic scenes and songs, with reception afterward.
RSVP through Eventbrite (then pay at the door with cash or check).

"THEATER JAM" - American Stage Classics Benefit CLASSIC SCENES & SONGS, to benefit the nonprofit East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC), hosted by Mark Edward Lang and Alison J. Murphy. Murphy and Lang live in New York, but have a strong connection to their friends and colleagues at Cape May's EAST LYNNE...

Happy National Receptionist Day!!! We are so grateful for our friendly and talented front desk staff. They are truly sec...
05/08/2019

Happy National Receptionist Day!!!
We are so grateful for our friendly and talented front desk staff. They are truly second to none! #ripleygrier #nationalreceptionistday #relaxexplorecreate #broadwaybeginshere

HAPPY NATIONAL TEACHERS DAY!!! "A good teacher is a brilliant light, illuminating the prism of life, revealing to studen...
05/07/2019

HAPPY NATIONAL TEACHERS DAY!!!
"A good teacher is a brilliant light, illuminating the prism of life, revealing to students a rainbow of possibilities."
Poem By Joanna Fuchs - "Ballet Lesson" Painting By Vali Irina Ciobanu. #ripleygrier #ripleygrierstudios #nationalteachersday #teachersday #inspire #teach #broadwaybeginshere

Mother's Day Bake Sale for Make-A-WishWed. & Thurs. / May 8th & 9th12pm - 6pm @ RG 520 8th Ave. (16th Fl)Stop by and cel...
05/06/2019

Mother's Day Bake Sale for Make-A-Wish
Wed. & Thurs. / May 8th & 9th
12pm - 6pm @ RG 520 8th Ave. (16th Fl)
Stop by and celebrate Mother's Day week with a tasty treat!!! All proceeds benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation. #ripleygrier #happymothersday #charity #bakesale #makeawish #rgoutreach

05/04/2019

Dear Valued Clients,

Our phone lines are temporarily out of service. Please email us at [email protected] or call our emergency voicemail at 929-215-3018 or 201-279-3214 for bookings and questions.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

HAPPY NATIONAL SPACE DAY (May 3rd)!!! Why not celebrate by booking STUDIO SPACE at RGNY. RELAX - EXPLORE - CREATE#ripley...
05/04/2019

HAPPY NATIONAL SPACE DAY (May 3rd)!!!
Why not celebrate by booking STUDIO SPACE at RGNY.
RELAX - EXPLORE - CREATE
#ripleygrier #spaceday #create #theskysthelimit

The sun is out and spring has sprung. What better way to start your day than at our 520 8th Avenue location? #sun #sprin...
04/08/2019

The sun is out and spring has sprung. What better way to start your day than at our 520 8th Avenue location? #sun #spring #ripleygrier #sky #broadwaybeginshere

Tax Day is quickly approaching. Make sure you're prepared with The Performing Artist Guide to Money, Taxes, & Success fr...
03/27/2019

Tax Day is quickly approaching. Make sure you're prepared with The Performing Artist Guide to Money, Taxes, & Success from the makers of the #1 selling industry guides on the market, Up-To-Date Theatricals.

Happy International Women's Day
03/08/2019

Happy International Women's Day

#TBT A lot can happen in a year and a half! We've had thousands of clients use our newest studios at 305 W. 38th St. sin...
03/08/2019

#TBT A lot can happen in a year and a half! We've had thousands of clients use our newest studios at 305 W. 38th St. since then.
Stop by and see what we've done with the place!!!

Joyeux Gras Mardi!!
03/07/2019

Joyeux Gras Mardi!!

Happy Anniversary to Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier! Congratulations on 36 years together!
03/04/2019

Happy Anniversary to Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier! Congratulations on 36 years together!

Rest in Peace, Katherine Helmond. 1929-2019
03/01/2019

Rest in Peace, Katherine Helmond. 1929-2019

SPOTLIGHT:GERMAINE GOODSON - MASTER TAP TEACHERMany people aspire to dance through life, but few figure out how to make ...
02/20/2019

SPOTLIGHT:
GERMAINE GOODSON - MASTER TAP TEACHER
Many people aspire to dance through life, but few figure out how to make that dream come true. Fortunately for all of us here at RG, we have Germaine Goodson, Broadway performer and lifetime member of the dance community, to show us the way.
Germaine began her journey in Philadelphia, where a loving Godmother encouraged her passion for the Arts by supplying her with music and movement classes of all kinds (dance, voice, acting, violin and swimming). Her curiosity led her to pursue a college degree in Child Psychology and an MA in Theatre and Dance. It also led her to California, where she was approached by a dance school to teach lessons after impressing her teachers with her technique. The classes were so successful, they inspired Germaine to return to the east coast, and follow her dream of dancing on Broadway. That dream came true when she crossed paths with legendary choreographer Henry LeTang. He cast her as one of the tap-dancing Rhythm Queens, and Germaine remembers this time fondly: "He brought the three of us together to learn his style and be in all his shows. He hired us for everything!" The Rhythm Queens were in high demand, opening for Cab Calloway and touring with him for nearly a decade when they weren't doing Broadway (Black and Blue, Play On!), Off-Broadway (Back in the Big Town with Harold Nicolas), or playing Vegas (Cotton Club on Parade - another show with Henry LeTang). She also toured internationally and collaborated with everyone from Mercedes Ellington to Maurice and Gregory Hines.
Even though Germaine was busy living her own dream, she never forgot the dancers following in her footsteps. She began teaching tap and jazz-tap to lucky students at Broadway Dance Center, and here, at RG. She's passionate about teaching her students not only how to perfect their technique but to find joy in what they do, as well as learn the importance of being a team player. As Germaine puts it: "I don't do it for the money. I do it just because I love it. It makes me happy! I never wanted to be a star. I just wanted to always work, so I wouldn't be poor, and I wanted to be part of an ensemble. A team!"
In recent years Germaine has focused her energy to primarily teaching & choreography (as a nod to her notable mentors). "I do a lot more choreography now. I've always been surrounded by amazingly talented people who have taught me so much, so I'm always trying to give back what they gave me."
Germaine's love of dance has certainly taken her on many adventures; But if there's one place she calls home, it's right here: "I love the spirit here at Ripley-Grier. I feel at home. It's the most professional place to be! And the staff is so good to everybody. I love the atmosphere... Everyone really reaches out to be of service. I love being here!"
We're proud to say Germaine was one of the first teachers at our 72nd Street location back in the 80's, and with 35 years of teaching and performing under her belt, I think we can agree her legacy is set. But of course it's always good to have a back-up plan, and as expected, this inspiring teacher has a good one. When asked what other career she would choose (outside of the Arts) she said, "In my next life, I'd like to be an Eye Doctor. I believe the eyes are the window to the soul! When you look in someone's eyes, you get to meet their heart... But even if I was an Eye Doctor, I feel like I would somehow find my way back to Ripley-Grier to see if anybody needs glasses or contact lenses." Thanks Germaine, for bringing your passion to our studios. As a dancer, teacher or optometrist, we're always happy to see you around!
You can catch Germaine and fellow Rhythm Queen, Deborah Mitchell (pictured above) in the upcoming Jazz Dance Documentary Transmission.
To contact Germaine or view her class schedule, visit her website at www.GermaineGoodson.net

Interview By Graham McCarty

Our phone lines are temporarily out of service. Please email us at RipleyGrierBooking@gmail.com  or call our emergency v...
02/12/2019

Our phone lines are temporarily out of service. Please email us at [email protected] or call our emergency voicemail at 929-215-3018 for bookings and questions.

RIPLEY-GRIER BAKE SALE!!!Stop by for a tasty treat and show some love for a great cause!🧁♥️🍰♥️🥧♥️🍮♥️Proceeds benefit The...
02/11/2019

RIPLEY-GRIER BAKE SALE!!!
Stop by for a tasty treat and show some love for a great cause!🧁♥️🍰♥️🥧♥️🍮♥️
Proceeds benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Wednesday & Thursday (Feb. 13th & 14th)
12:00-3:00pm
RG 520 8th Ave - 16th Floor
#ripleygrier #bakesale #valentinesday #sweetsforthesweet #makeawish

For today's #FlashbackFriday we present to you Patricia Ripley in studio 2R at our 72nd st location 32 years ago when sh...
02/08/2019

For today's #FlashbackFriday we present to you Patricia Ripley in studio 2R at our 72nd st location 32 years ago when she and Butch first started Ripley Grier Studios. We are thrilled to have been serving the NYC artistic community all these years and we look forward to many more!

Check out this article about our friend and long-time client Rhonda Malkin!!!
02/01/2019
Rhonda Malkin: Coaching dancers - Dance Informa Magazine

Check out this article about our friend and long-time client Rhonda Malkin!!!

Dance Informa speaks with Rhonda Malkin, a professional dance coach whose former students are performing on Broadway, as Radio City Rockettes and more.

CELEBRATING 32 YEARS! On Jan. 27th, 1987, Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier opened their first location at 131 W. 72nd Str...
01/28/2019

CELEBRATING 32 YEARS!
On Jan. 27th, 1987, Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier opened their first location at 131 W. 72nd Street with 5 small rehearsal studios. Now with 4 locations and 92 studios (including Black-box Theaters, a Voice-Over Facility and Cafe) Ripley-Grier Studios is proud to be able to serve the needs of teaching professionals, individual artists and the Entertainment Community in New York City and beyond!
Of course we wouldn't be here without the inspiration of our fearless leaders. So here's to Butch & Patricia; For taking a leap of faith and creating this wonderful oasis where we can relax, explore and create.
And THANK YOU NEW YORK, for helping this small business become a huge success.
This is a city where dreams really do come true!

It's College Audition time again, and we are honored to have so many prestigious Universities and Conservatories represe...
01/25/2019

It's College Audition time again, and we are honored to have so many prestigious Universities and Conservatories represented here in our studios this week.

Other programs holding auditions that are not listed in the photo include Purchase College, SUNY, UCLA Department of Theater, and Brooklyn College.

And the winner of the $200 gift certificate is... (drum roll please)... Grace Benedict! Congratulations Grace. We look f...
01/13/2019

And the winner of the $200 gift certificate is... (drum roll please)... Grace Benedict! Congratulations Grace. We look forward to seeing you at the studios! #ripleygrier #broadwaybeginshere #relaxexplorecreate #rafflewinner #bwaycon2019 #broadwaycon

Good morning from @bwaycon !! We’re having a jellicle time. 😺 It’s the final day to stop by our booth and enter to win $...
01/13/2019

Good morning from @bwaycon !! We’re having a jellicle time. 😺 It’s the final day to stop by our booth and enter to win $200 worth of studio space. #ripleygrier #bwaycon #broadwaycon #broadway #catsthemusical #broadwaybeginshere #cosplay #broadwayfan #hiltonhotel #newyorkcity

Hope to see you this weekend at BroadwayCon 2019!!! Stop by and enter our FREE raffle. You could win $200 toward studio ...
01/11/2019

Hope to see you this weekend at BroadwayCon 2019!!!
Stop by and enter our FREE raffle. You could win $200 toward studio space!
#ripleygrier #broadwaycon2019 #broadwaybeginshere #broadway #hilton

If you are attending BroadwayCon this weekend be sure to stop by our booth and enter our raffle!
01/07/2019

If you are attending BroadwayCon this weekend be sure to stop by our booth and enter our raffle!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Broadway begins here so start off the year and create something new.
01/04/2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Broadway begins here so start off the year and create something new.

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