Artistic Director


Ryan JOlicoeur-Nye

Originally from central Maine, Ryan began his training at the age of 16. After a year of studying under renowned Kirov dancer, Andrei Bossov, he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division on full scholarship. During his time in Winnipeg, Ryan, had the opportunity to work with many international choreographers, as well as create three of his own works. While still a student he danced several performances the with company, including soloist roles in the Nutcracker. Upon graduating from RWB, Ryan, was asked to attend the Banff Summer Arts Festival where he performed the principle role in Fernand Nault’s Carmina Burana. Ryan, would go on to dance for Festival Ballet of Providence, Eugene Ballet and Ballet Idaho where he was promoted to principle dancer in 2011. In 2012 Ryan, joined Kansas City Ballet where he danced several principle roles, including Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free, Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland, Michael Pinks Dracula as well as Devon Carney’s Swan Lake, Giselle and Nutcracker. Ryan has performed as a guest artist with Oklahoma City Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boise Dance Co-op and Festival Ballet of Providence. He has performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Vicente Nebrada, Devon Carney, Hans Van Manen, Rudi Van Dantzig, Mark Godden, John Neumeier, Helen Pickett, Yuri Possokhov, Jorden Morris, Ma Cong, Viktor Plotnikov, Robert Mills and many more. Ryan, retired from Kansas City ballet, in 2016 and is now focusing on his choreography.

As a choreographer, he has created ballets for Ballet Idaho, Kansas City Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and the Kansas City Dance Festival. He has also had his work performed by dancers from companies all across the U.S. and Europe, including, Alberta Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and the Finnish National Ballet. Ryan’s work has been presented on stage alongside choreographers such as, Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Marco Goecke, Ma Cong, Mathew Neenan, Garrett Smith, Davide Bombana and Douglas Lee. Recently Ryan, was named “Outstanding Choreographer” at the 2017, Youth American Grand Prix where he was recognized for his Kansas City Ballet School, work Concerto 21. Ryan’s choreography has been featured in KC Studio magazine and was recently performed in Niigata, Japan. In February his solo The Painter, was presented at an alumni gala for The Harid Conservatory.

In december 2017 Ryan will be taking over the position of second company manager with the Kansas City Ballet.