Samantha Ryan is a natural performer and engaging teacher who embraces all dance
has to offer. She is a former gymnast, turned dance educator and entertainer, who hails
from Windsor, but not before stops in LA, Michigan, and NYC in an effort to discover
what a career in dance might look like.
Samantha Ryan completed a professional semester at the famed Broadway Dance
Centre before she made the decision to move to Toronto and explore opportunities as
an aspiring professional and hasn’t looked back. She has gained certification as an
instructor in Acrobatic Arts and Cecchetti ballet and is proficient at teaching a variety of
other styles including Jazz, Contemporary and Hip hop. Samantha Ryan is on Faculty
with Dance Attack and is a qualified dance adjudicator with the Professional
Adjudicators Alliance. Professional membership status includes Canadian Alliance of
Dance Artists and ACTRA.
Samantha Ryan’s teaching experience includes studio dance instruction, guest faculty
workshops and intensives, dance convention faculty and adjudicator, and school
settings including Toronto District and Greater Essex County School Boards. In addition to teaching, Samantha Ryan enjoys doing choreography for competitive soloists, teams
and ensembles. Choreography for school stage productions have so far included Annie,
Shrek, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and The Lion King. New for this
school year Samantha will be doing arrangements for a school production of Frozen.
Prior to coming to Toronto, Samantha Ryan was fortunate to be a member of acclaimed
choreographer Melissa William’s Border City Dance Company in her home town of
Windsor. She has performed in musical theatre, showcase productions, marketing
videos and multiple industry events. Most recently, Samantha wrapped up filming as a
Thunderbird dancer for the movie Work It, a coming of age dance comedy filmed in
Toronto and scheduled for release on Netflix in 2021.
When not in the studio, you can find Samantha performing in and around Toronto with
Dark Dance Company, Unapologetic Dance Collective and by invitation with some of
Toronto’s most revered dancers at the industry’s most celebrated events including
Choreographers Ball and Fever after Dark.