Ryan P. Casey is a “whimsically inventive” (The Boston Globe) performer, choreographer, teaching artist, and writer regularly seen in Boston and New York. A founding member of Dorrance Dance, he trained primarily with Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta in his hometown of Lexington, MA, and was formerly recognized as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for his “freakishly clean footwork…reminiscent of Fred Astaire.”
Apart from his solo work, Ryan has also danced for Aaron Tolson, Billy Siegenfeld, Adrienne Hawkins, and Lorraine Chapman. With his ensemble, Off Beat, he has presented original work at such venues as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, the 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, and David Parker’s Soaking WET series. In support of his choreography, he has received multiple grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
As an educator, Ryan has worked with studios, universities, festivals, and youth companies both nationally and internationally, including: Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, Hofstra, Brown, The Boston Conservatory, American College Dance Festival, Tap United, Beantown Tapfest, Calgary’s Tri-Tone Youth Rhythm Ensemble, and Candy Apples Dance Center (of TV’s Dance Moms fame). He was formerly on faculty at Boston University and choreographed for the University of Connecticut Tap Team.
Additionally, he is a frequent contributor to Dance Magazine and has also been published in Dance Teacher, Dance Studio Life, and the Journal of Dance Education.
Ryan is a proud alumnus of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, New York University’s Gallatin School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and the National YoungArts Foundation.