Ryan Yamauchi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and began his dance training at the Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts. He later moved to New York and received his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Ryan has been a dancer and teacher with Doug Varone and Dancers since 2015. Ryan has also had the pleasure of dancing with 2nd Best Dance Company, Loni Landon Dance Projects, and Sidra Bell Dance New York. He has performed as a guest dancer with Gibney Dance Company and Santa Barbara Dance Theater. As a choreographer, Ryan has been commissioned to create work for students at SUNY Purchase and The Juilliard School. He currently teaches at SUNY Purchase, Peridance, and Gibney Dance.
This class for professional and pre-professional dancers aims to ease us back into the studio after a year of Zoom and living room dances. Together, we will explore ways to move off balance, spiral through space and dance in concert with the floor below us and people around us. Class will begin with a thorough warm-up that will build to some technical exercises, followed by a larger movement phrase. We will also use improvisation as a tool to interrogate our movement habits and expand the tools available to us when approaching choreography.