Ryan Michael Tuerk is a teacher, choreographer and dancer form Philadelphia. Ryan holds a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts. Also, Ryan has been granted certification in the Vaganova methodology in classical ballet. Ryan has performed for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines and has performed the role of Doody in GREASE. He has performed works by choreographers such as Brian Sanders, Roni Koresh, and Roberta Mathes. Ryan is on faculty at The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and teaches at several local Universities and privately owned studios in the Philadelphia area.
Since 2011 Ryan has been a visiting guest artist for Dissonance Dance Theatre in Washington D.C., creating three original choreographic works for the company and instructing students for DDT’s summer DANCELAB at the University of Maryland. Ryan believes the position of a teacher is awarded through an unyielding commitment to excellence; he notes that success achieved by students in any field of study requires a high level of capacity and dedication from their teachers.