Riley is a dance artist in Portland, Maine.
He creates iterative choreographic events through dance improvisation, contemplative practice, and sculpture. The central inquiry to his choreographic practice is to explore states of consciousness as experienced through the hyper-articulate body in motion.
Since moving back to his home state of Maine in 2016, Riley has become a passionate arts advocate and community organizer. In 2018, he created Portland Dance Month as a decentralized festival to highlight the Fall season of dance in Greater Portland. He has been on the Advisory Council for Bates Dance Festival, is on the Board of Directors at Bangor Ballet, and is a Performance Advisor at SPACE, where he helps curate the ongoing Moving in SPACE performance series.
Thomas School of Dance/Bangor Ballet.1994-2001
Walnut Hill School for the Arts 2001-2003
The Juilliard School 2003-2007
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 2007
Bern Ballet (Switzerland).2007-2008
Netherlands Dance Theater 2008-2010
The Forsythe Company 2010-2015
Sylvie Guillem Life in Progress 2015
William Forsythe’s Alignigung 2016
William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance 2018-Current
Princess Grace Award 2006
Leonide Massine Positano Prize 2015.