Choreographer, Teacher and Studio Owner
Sample Classes: Intermediate Tap/Skills, Tap Improv Techniques, Studio Resources: Print & Media
Ryan has been teaching and choreographing since the age of 14 and now travels the US and abroad spreading his knowledge and love for dance.
He has choreographed and performed pieces for Gregg Russell’s tap company “Tap Sounds Underground,” the Miss Kansas Pageant, the Tampa Bay Tap Festival, the 2010 Jerry Lewis Telethon opening number with Tyce Diorio, and has choreographed award-winning routines at studios across the US and abroad.
Recently, Ryan was a featured tapper for an upcoming episode of FOX’s “Mobbed” with Howie Mandell. You may have also recently seen Ryan dancing with partner Gregg Russell as one of the top 18 dance acts (Tap Sounds Underground) on Paula Abdul’s television show “Live to Dance”. Ryan’s been featured on CBS’s “Star Search” with Arsenio Hall and Usher, on FOX’s “30 Seconds to Fame,” and a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream. He has worked with Broadway Choreographer Keith Young on the skeleton crew of the Sammy Davis Jr. musical “Sammy” and has recorded his tap sounds for the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog” as well as the demo tape for the remake of the movie “Fame.” He has appeared in numerous shows including industrials for both Adidas and Nike, performed at Broadway Dance Center in New York, the Buddy Epson Tribute in Los Angeles and was the Nutcracker Prince in the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker.
Ryan’s true passion is in teaching and choreographing. He has taught on numerous conventions and tap festivals and has traveled internationally to inspire tappers worldwide. Starting July 2012, Ryan and his wife Brigid bought and took ownership of Simi Dance Center in Simi Valley, CA. He is currently the founder of Neo Rythmo, Inc., a tap manufacturing company that has produced the FIRST and ONLY professional black colored taps on the market, aka ProTones (www.Pro-Tones.com). In January of 2012, Neo Rythmo released the NEWEST tap accessory to hit the stage, melodies: Multi-colored taps for performance and competition. Although known for his tap, Ryan excels in all forms of dance. Using his versatility, he infuses and creates a unique and up to date style that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.