Meet the Choreo-Connect Project Manager-
Trish Ryan grew up in Nebraska, where she discovered her original passion for dance performance. She participated in the music and dance education of 15,000+ students when traveling as a performer and instructor with the Young Americans to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Japan, Canada, and all over the U.S. She stage directed two tours for the Young Americans: one in Japan and one on the East Coast.
Trish coached for six seasons as the Head Spirit Coordinator and Director of Dance at Midland University. The Midland University Dance Program won the Inaugural NAIA National Championship Title, Three NDA National Championship Titles, Four NAIA GPAC Conference Titles, and multiple regional wins under her direction. She held the Second Vice President Position for Competitive Cheer and Dance within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Midland University Dance Program also encompassed a performing arts dance division, where Trish helped develop a dance degree program alongside university executive team and the Higher Learning Commission of two dance degrees launching in Fall of 2019; Arts Management/Dance (B.S. Arts Management) and Dance Performance (B.F.A. in Dance). Trish has choreographed for over 30 high school dance teams in the Midwest who have secured top 10 finishes at the UDA NDTC, as well as 16 state titles.
Trish is currently the Membership Director for the National Dance Coaches Association (NDCA). She spent time on Universal Dance Association (UDA) Staff, has trained at both the EDGE Performing Arts Center and Jimmy De Fore's Dance Studio in California, and has assisted choreographers at the International Dance Festival Dance Excellence in Los Angeles. She also performed for two seasons with the UFL Omaha Nighthawks Cheerleading Squad, and was captain of the team in her veteran year.
Trish graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration emphasizing Small Business Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She currently resides in New York City, and cannot wait to connect teams with amazing choreographers through Choreo-Connect!