Began her early ballet studies with Olga Ziceva and later graduated from San Francisco Conservatory of Ballet. Ms. Ryan has traveled to Europe and studied with Maurice Bejart of Le Ballet du Vingtieme Siecle in Brussels, Belgium, and the Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany. At the age of 16 Ms. Ryan was a finalist for the Vestris Choreographic Prize in Boston, Massachusetts. She wa commissioned to mount ballets on the San Diego Ballet, Marin Civic Ballet and the San Francisco Dance Theater.
Monica Ryan's choreography has been hailed as "exactly right" and "pictorially perfect" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Ryan choreographed and danced for the San Francisco Opera Company under the Direction of Kurt Herbert Adler. She also choreographed for the Spring Opera Theater and Western Opera. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Ms. Ryan also did graduate work at Golden Gate University. Ms. Ryan has taught dance for over 25 years, some of her students have gone on to dance with New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theater.
In Pittsburgh Ms. Ryan adjudicated the Choreographer's Continuum and was Executive Director of the Extension, a company of dancers wtith modern, jazz and ballet roots. Currently, Monica Ryan is the director of the Carnegie Performing Arts Canter .
Natalie Jean Irwin - Ms. Irwin is a native of Pittsburgh and has been trained in ballet with Monica Ryan since the age of 5. She is currently a college student and continues her dance studies at Point Park College. Natalie has been in numerous productions at the Carnegie Performing Arts Center including Giselle, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty. She starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker and was a performer in a piece that was part of the Dance Alloy’s "Commotion Series". Natalie plans to attend Point Park College where she will major in Arts