biography

M. Suzanne Ryanstrati is an independent dance artist. Her choreography has been performed in Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and made her International debut in England in 2012. Her work premiered in England (2015), France (2015, 2019), Germany (2016, 2019) and Ireland (2016).

 

At the age of 14 she performed with the Kansas City Tap and Musical Comedy Company and later at Kansas City’s Starlight Theater. At the age of 19 she had her first full-time dance job under Neil Hess, Director of the Lone Star Ballet and Texas Musical Drama (Ret.), in Texas.  Due to injury and desiring a longer performance career, studied contemporary dance (Limon, Horton and Evans).  Ryanstrati represented the U.S. in the International College Dance Festival in Kobe, Japan and performed with the Bill Evans Dance Company. She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Iowa.

Ryanstrati founded the dance program at Missouri Western State University and was a faculty member at the University of Missouri - Kansas City,  Avila University and on the teaching staff at the National Parkinson's Foundation.  She currently teaches at the Kansas City Ballet School Academy and Day School Program (since 2004) and Störling Dance Theater's Artist Development Program. 

 

She has worked extensively with people living with visible and invisible disabilities or conditions. This includes dancers with Multiple Sclerosis, Polio, Depression, Cystic Fibrosis, Bi-polar, Polio, Spina bifida, Anxiety, Osteoporosis, Attention Deficit Hypotension Disorder, Low vision/Blind, Brain Injury, Parkinson's Disease and conditions as a result of suicide attempt. She was the Artistic Director of Ryanstrati & Co, a professional dance company featuring dancers with and without visible and invisible disabilities.

Her artistry and teaching has been shaped and influenced by Eva Encinias (Flamenco), Bill Evans, George de la Peña, Liz Lerman, Armando Duarte, Tyrone Aiken, David Dorfman and David Leventhal.

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