Ryan began dancing at Miller-Marley at age 11, studying tap, jazz and ballet. On top of the countless hours he spent in classes, he also performed with the Entertainers and the 2002 and 2003 Disney Troupes. When not in the studio, Ryan focused his energies on Musical Theatre productions throughout the community where he performed such roles as "Riff" in West Side Story , "Billy Lawlor" in 42nd Street and "Lumiere" in Beauty and the Beast to name a few. He graduated from Blue Valley North in 2004 to go on to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he will graduate with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre in December. While at NYU he has played lead roles in many school shows including the "Emcee" in Cabaret as well as performing with stage and screen legends like Billy Crystal, Tovah Feldshuh, Alec Baldwin, etc. He spent last summer performing as an ensemble member/Barnaby understudy in Hello, Dolly , at the Paper Mill Playhouse choreographed by Mia Michaels of "So You Think You Can Dance?" fame. Although he is enjoying the many incredible opportunities he is receiving in New York, Ryan still loves coming back to KC to choreograph for MTYP, the Disney troupes and the MM Entertainers and working with his fellow Miller-Marley students.