Ryan Michael Tuerk is a teacher and choreographer from Philadelphia. Ryan holds an MFA from Temple University and a BFA from the University of the Arts. Ryan has been granted certification in the Vaganova methodology in classical ballet training. He has performed works by choreographers Brian Sanders, Roni Koresh, and Roberta Mathes. Ryan is on faculty at The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and Montgomery County Community College. Since 2011 Ryan has been a guest choreographer for Dissonance Dance Theatre in Washington D.C., creating original choreographic works for the company and instructing students for DDT’s summer DANCELAB at the University of Maryland.