biography

    M. Suzanne Ryanstrati is an International dance artist. 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.

     

    Her choreography has been performed in seven states, including twice in New York City, and made its International debut in England in 2012. Her work premiered in England (2015), France (2015, 2019), Germany (2016, 2019) and Ireland (2016).

    Ryanstrati founded the dance program at Missouri Western State University and is currently working at the Kansas City Ballet, University of Missouri - Kansas City,  the National Parkinson's Foundation, Avila University, 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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