by Nicole Harris
Ryan Casey is relatively new to Monkeyhouse, yet he has made a number of appearances on the blog recently. We are excited to hear what he has to say as a Blogger in Residence over the next year as he spends it studying journalism and furthering his already impressive tap career in New York City. Not only is Ryan an outstanding tap dancer he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Honestly. Ask anyone who has ever met him. Ryan, welcome to Monkeyhouse!RYAN P. CASEY, a youngARTS scholarship recipient and Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominee, is currently an undergraduate student at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Inspired by Savion Glover’s appearances on Sesame Street, he began studying tap and jazz at the age of five at The Dance Inn in Lexington, Massachusetts. He spent seven seasons with the Legacy Dance Company, under the direction of Thelma Goldberg, where he was profoundly inspired by the Jump Rhythm Jazz technique of Billy Siegenfeld, and served as Dance Captain of the New England Tap Ensemble, directed by Riverdance alumnus Aaron Tolson. He has danced in solo and ensemble pieces throughout New England as well as New York, Baltimore, and Miami, and was featured on So You Think You Can Dance. Ryan is currently engaged in fusing tap dance with spoken word poetry, and his has performed his solo piece, “When Push Comes to Shove,” in Boston, New York, and Canada. His choreography has been featured at the Dance for World Community Festival, the Massachusetts Dance Festival, and with Urbanity Dance. He is also a proud alumnus of The School at Jacob's Pillow.