Mrs. Tsartolia was born in Athens, Greece where she received her BFA in dance from the State School of Dance. A recipient of scholarships from the Alexander Onassis and Merce Cunningham Foundations, Mrs. Tsartolia graduated from the Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC in 1997. She performed in the US and Europe with Mandafounis Modern Dance Company, Octana Dance Theatre, Connecticut Ballet and Analysis Dance Company, among others. She joined RIOULT Dance NY in 1998. She has performed numerous world premiers and repertory pieces with the company around the globe as a soloist and lead dancer until 2014. Since 2000 she has worked as a teaching artist, as the Educational Artistic Advisor and later as the Director of Youth Programs for RIOULT’s Arts and Education program “DanceREACH”.
Mrs. Tsartolia has taught technique and repertory workshops in the US, France, Greece and Bermuda. She has restaged RIOULT’s choreography for the Frank Sinatra School, Civic Ballet, in Bermuda and the Hellenic Dance Company in Athens, Greece. She has served as the assistant to the choreographer, for all the children’s parts, in the productions “Small Steps, Tiny Revolutions” (2008) and “Fables” (2011). Since then she has restaged these productions numerous times in U.S and France. Mrs. Tsartolia created the “RIOULT Summer Dance Camp” program in 2010 and the “RIOULT Modern Dance Series” in 2013, serving as a master teacher and choreographer. She has choreographed and presented her work for Youth Ensembles of RIOULT and CIVIC Ballet. Mrs. Tsartolia holds a Certificate in Fashion Design from Parsons and designs costumes for dance.