Ryan began ballet training under the direction of Rosine Bena at Western Nevada Performing Arts Center in Carson City, Nevada. After seeing a performance of the American Ballet Theatre’s Second Company, ABT II, he made the decision to become a professional ballet dancer. Ten months later he was offered a position in Sierra Nevada Ballet's Trainee Program and was promoted to Apprentice at the age of thirteen. Fulfilling an agreement with his parents, Ryan completed high school and earned an associate of science degree from Western Nevada College before moving away for more training. A month before he turned sixteen, he left his family in Nevada and moved to San Jose where he had been awarded the Carreño Male Dancer Training Initiative Scholarship. He has also been awarded merit scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Programs and Ballet San Jose Summer Intensive Programs and has competed at the Youth American Grand Prix Finals in 2012 and 2016. With the formation of the New Ballet School under the directorship of Dalia Rawson, Ryan was honored to receive a position with the Studio Company. Of the numerous performances that he has been involved with, Ryan is most excited to perform his first soloist role as Walnut in The San Jose Nutcracker.
Photos by Daniel Garcia