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Co-Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, Associate Professor of Dance
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Ryan Corriston started dancing at age eight in Seattle under the direction of Anne Gilbert in Kaleidoscope Dance Company.  Thirteen years after graduating from the University of Washington with a major in dance, where he was the recipient of the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship, he returned and received his MFA in Dance from his alma mater. As a part of the Chamber Dance Company at the UW, he has performed works by Doris Humphrey, Alwin Nikolais, Susan Marshal, Bebe Miller, Louis Falco, Helen Tamiris, Wade Madsen, and Shapiro and Smith. While in Seattle, he had the distinct pleasure of being mentored by Hannah Wiley and collaborating numerous times with Rob Kitsos.  In New York, Corriston danced in productions of Salome, The Magic Flute and Les Sacre du Printemps at the Metropolitan Opera and worked with Nancy Bannon, Andrew Robinson, Tiffany Mills, Martha Clarke and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.  He was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2005-2011 and was artistic director of Harkness Repertory Ensemble at the 92nd Street Y from 2009-2011.  Corriston has created several works and taught classes at Belhaven University and for the Ad Deum Dance Company. He loves being a part of the dance faculty at James Madison University and is thrilled to make his home in Harrisonburg with his wife and kids.

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