Samantha Ryan is a natural performer and engaging teacher who embraces all dance has to offer. A former gymnast turned dance entertainer, Samantha hails from Windsor, but not before stops in LA, Michigan, NYC and Toronto in an effort to discover, shape and develop a career in dance and entertainment.
Samantha Ryan completed the Broadway Dance Centre – International Student Visa Professional Program in NYC before she made her decision to move to Toronto and explore opportunities as a dance instructor and aspiring professional. She has gained certification as a dance instructor in Acrobatic Arts and Cecchetti ballet and as an adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA) and Acrobatic Dance Adjudicators (ADA). Samantha is also on faculty with Dance Attack, a leader in Canadian dance workshops.
In addition to teaching in the heart of trendy Queen West at City Dance Corp, Toronto’s leading centre for dance and artistic movement, Samantha Ryan has had the pleasure of being invited by studio owners from multiple studios from Windsor to Sudbury to lead workshops, contribute to intensives and create choreography for competitive soloists, teams and school play ensembles.
Samantha is a member of ACTRA and the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists. In addition to honing her skills under the direction of some of Toronto and New York’s most proficient entertainers, Samantha has mentored under Toronto’s talented and beloved Allison Bradley and been guided professionally by the incredibly accomplished Amy Allen, one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after choreographers. Samantha’s experiences have allowed her to transition from dance entertainment to musical theatre and in front of the camera, having recently appeared in the movie Work It, a coming of age dance comedy produced by Alicia Keys for Netflix.
When not teaching, training or under contract, you can often find Samantha Ryan on stage performing in Town as a lead and accompanying dancer by invitation with some of the most revered artists at the industry’s most celebrated events.
In addition to teaching, and setting choreography, Samantha has experience in live stage performing, music videos, and the film industry. She is passionate about giving back to the next generation and eager to mentor her students and help them all find their direction and see that what you love can also be your career!