Ryan began dancing at the tender age of 6 years old, with Ballet Northwest, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Under the direction of Julie Sneden, Ryan discovered his love for the structured technical craft. At the age of 10, Ryan received a full scholarship to attend Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, where he had the opportunity to study under such masters as Glenn Eddy, Jane Delay and Walter White. Eager to continue his training, Ryan soon began auditioning for numerous other summer intensives including Dance Aspen and Aspen Ballet, where he also received full scholarships. While a student at the Aspen Ballet summer program, Ryan had the pleasure of training under Jean-Phillipe Malaty, Tom Mossbrucker (formal principal dancer with the Joffery Ballet) and such masters as David Howard and Patricia Standard. At 17 years of age, Ryan received a full scholarship to attend the River North Dance Company’s summer intensive in Chicago. During this program, He began to branch away form his concentration on Ballet, and discovered his love for contemporary dance. This was also the intensive that convinced Ryan to move to Chicago and become a student at Columbia College Chicago, where he received technical training from numerous instructors. These instructors include, but are not limited to, Anna Paskevska, Eduardo Vilaro, Dardi McGinley-Gallivan and Ron Hutchens. After leaving Columbia College Chicago, Ryan returned to Colorado where he eventually acquired a position as a singer/dancer on Holland America Cruise lines. Now, again living in Chicago, Ryan looks forward to many more years in the dance world, as an educator of the next generation of Chicagolands finest up and coming talent.