Originally from central Maine, Ryan received his training from renowned Kirov Ballet Dancer, Andrei Bossov as well as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. Upon graduating from Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ryan attended the Banff Summer Arts Festival where he performed the principal role in Fernand Nault’s Carmina Burana. Ryan went on to dance for Festival Ballet of Providence, Eugene Ballet, and Ballet Idaho where he was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011. In 2012, Ryan joined Kansas City Ballet where he danced many principal roles, including Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), Michael Pink’s Dracula as well as Devon Carney’s Swan Lake, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. Ryan retired from Kansas City Ballet in 2016 and eventually became the second company manager. In 2018, Ryan was named Artistic Director of Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre. Under Ryan’s tenure the company experienced exponential growth, creating more than 80 performances and reaching over 28,000 area residents. As a choreographer, he has created ballets for Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre, Ballet Idaho, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Moving Arts Dance Festival, and Ballet Des Moines, among others. Ryan was named “Outstanding Choreographer” at the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix as well as “Best Choreographer” at the World Ballet Art Competition (WBAC) Grand Prix 2019.