High and low art enthusiasts alike have experienced Ryan Heffington's electrifying work at venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, New York runway fashion shows and some of L.A.'s most underground clubs.
His wide appeal as a commercial dancer/choreographer has landed him working with Shiny Toy Guns, Beirut and Fischerspooner, and as well as the Academy Awards, "The L Word", "Legally Blonde" and a 3 month run with Margaret Cho in her off Broadway show "The Sensuous Woman". True to be everyone's beloved choice, Ryan choreographed back to back the steamy "Suicide Girls" Tour and the award winning interactive, yoga-based kids musical "The Ohmies". He does it all!
At the age of 22 Ryan started teaching and exploring what would become his signature style of movement. He has traveled across the U.S. and to Nicaragua, Tokyo, Germany and Canada teaching master classes in dance. He has been described as a "blend of Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris with a splash of Freddie Mercury and Peaches. Ryan's classes will "infuse you with excitement and leave you wanting more". His newest endeavor/phenomenon is his dance class for everyone - SWEATY SUNDAYS taking place three times a week in the heart of Silverlake, Los Angeles.
Ryan Heffington is Co-Artistic Director of L.A. based, critically acclaimed Hysterica Dance Company who in 2013 will celebrate 15 years of raw, rapturous dance in Los Angeles. Part punk with technique to die for and imagery worthy of high fashion magazines - Hysterica remains on the cutting edge of what is dance today. Ryan has been nominated for Best Male Performer, Best Small Group Ensemble and Costume Design by the Horton Awards for his work with Hysterica. Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Marshall Dance Company and Collage Dance Theater also have enlisted Ryan for his choreographic vision.
His design alias, Sir Heffington, has clothed not only dance companies nationwide, but celebrities Britney Spears, J-Lo, Beck, Mick Jagger, and Gwen Stefani to name just a few. His one-of-a-kind creations have been displayed on network television, world tours, and in industrials, fashion magazines, as well in the new movie "Fame".
Keeping the balance of dance in commercial and underground circles is essential for Ryan as an artist. His sold-out monthly dance parties Sock-it, Fingered and Full Frontal Disco have made dance more accessible by taking this art form out of its usual environment. His parties include dance classes, performances and off-the-hook-sweat-fest -dance floor foolery.
Ryan is one-forth of the performance/music project WE ARE THE WORLD - Hailed as "the best band of the year" (2008). On stage the masked foursome jump between instruments, vocals and choreography. A visual delight backed by music that will make you jump out of your pants and onto the dance floor.