Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Ryan Casey

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.

Additional Links: 
Dance writing

I Have Worked With

  • I participated in The Yard's Artists-in-Schools program on Martha's Vineyard in April 2012, presenting tap lecture demonstrations to children at local schools and YMCA facilities. I also presented my original choreography and performed at the original TapTheYard event in 2012.

  • Drika has produced several of my shows and I have performed with her in some of the productions she has hosted at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine.

  • This theater has co-produced several of my shows and hosted me as a guest artist since 2012.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Dancer, Teaching Artist, Choreographer, Writer
Mailing Address: 
269 Cambridge Road #605
Woburn, MA 01801
Physical Address: 
269 Cambridge Road #605
Woburn, MA 01801
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Jazz
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts - Poetry
Theater - Playwriting
Populations Served: 
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
National Dance Education Organization
B.A., New York University/Gallatin School of Individualized Study
M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
One of Dance Magazine's "25 Under 25" [2015]
One of BetaBoston's "25 Most Innovative People in Boston Under 25" [2015]
YoungArts Winner in Dance (via National Young Arts Foundation - 2009)
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Flooring needs to be adequate for tap shoes
Floor microphones may be needed to amplify tap sounds
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age