We’re featuring another of our terrific new Massachusetts artists, Ryan Casey! Ryan is a tap dancer from Woburn, Massachusetts who leads a dance company out of Boston. Ryan uses his towering, 6’8” talent to create engaging, inventive, rhythm-based tap work that is at once thoughtful and humorous. Alongside his “freakishly clean footwork … reminiscent of Fred Astaire” (Dance Magazine), Ryan’s performances are smart and delightful.
Ryan and his company have presented original, full-length shows, including “Transitions” and “Class Act,” throughout the Northeast. They have performed with the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow, the Massachusetts Dance Festival, Dance for Life Boston, the Dance for World Community Festival, and Luminarium Dance’s 24-Hour ChoreoFest, with appearances on The Steve Katsos Show and in New York City, with David Parker’s “Soaking WET” series at the West End Theater and Symphony Space’s “Stam-pede.”
Ryan trained under Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta with the Legacy Dance Company of The Dance Inn in Lexington, Massachusetts. He also served as Dance Captain of Aaron Tolson’s New England Tap Ensemble, was a founding member of Dorrance Dance and has performed as a guest artist with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. You may have seen him on So You Think You Can Dance or read one of his articles for Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit or Dance Teacher. Currently teaching at Boston University, The Dance Inn and Impulse Dance
Center, Ryan choreographs for the University of Connecticut Tap Team and is a proud alumnus of NYU, The National YoungArts Foundation and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He was featured in the December 2013 issue of Dance Studio Life and named a 2014 Choreography finalist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
In addition to his creative dance practice, Ryan is also an active freelance journalist. He has been published on CNN.com, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Dance Studio Life and NYU’s Washington Square News, among other platforms. His writing takes special interest in arts journalism and other intersections of performing arts and writing!
We’re excited to have Ryan’s talent and exuberance in our program! For more of Ryan visit his website.