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Ryan Heffington equally fulfills titles of Performing Artist, Choreographer, Designer, Promoter and Dance Guru. Since his ascension into Los Angeles in 1991 from northern California, Ryan has accumulated stellar credit in commercial, highbrow and underground circles performing in Internationally recognized National Galleries, Television shows and in some of the grittiest clubs around the world. He has been described as “… a mad Bob Fosse with a sewing machine” and “Martha Graham on meth….” by the LA Times and “A fucking genius” by Blackbook Magazine.

High art enthusiasts have experienced his electrifying work at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum L..A.C.E. gallery and MOCA where his 3 month residency "HEFFINGTON MOVES MOCA" included an interactive dance performance, dance installations where patrons were encouraged to sketch live dance and for his finale the dance punk musical that broke attendance records for the museum - "HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT THE MUSICAL" which included 2 live bands, 40+ dancers, opera, muscle cars and costumes by the couture Danish design house "Moon Spoon Saloon".

Ryan's visionary talents are seen when Target commissioned Heffington with Leggs Directors a larger than life dance performance in the 144 rooms of the NY Standard Hotel. This spectacle included over 60 dancers and could be seen from the shores of New Jeresy.

Other noteworthy credits include Muse's "Uprising" performance on the Grammys and the latest Evian "Live Young" commercial featuring animated dancing babies. Ryan has over 10 music videos under his dance belt in which “Tonight’s Today” by Jack Penate, Directed by Alma H’arel was nominated for Best Video by UK MVA’s 2009. Other video credits include The Gossip, Ke$ha, Shiny Toy Guns, Beirut, Nikka Costa as well as performing live with Ladytron, Peaches, Fischerspooner and Black Eyed Peas for “So You Think You Can Dance” He has appeared on Rupaul’s Drag Race for 3seasons, choreographed an episode of the “L Word”, played a flamboyant hairdresser in “Legally Blonde” with Reese Witherspoon and performed in drag as “Dirty Diana” in Margaret Cho’s off broadway show “The Sensuous Woman”.

Mr. Heffington is Co-Artistic Director of critically acclaimed Hysterica Dance Company who in 2008 celebrated 10 years of raw, rapturous dance in Los Angeles.  Part punk with technique to die for and imagery worthy of high fashion magazines, Hysterica remains on the cutting edge of what is dance today. Ryan was nominated for Best Male Performer, Best Small Group Ensemble and Costume Design by the Horton Awards for his work with Hysterica.

Under the clothing design alias Sir Heffington, he is the master of costume for the dance. The self taught seamster has designed for dance and theater companies nation wide, network television, film and super-celebs like Britney Spears, Mick Jagger and Beck.

Ryan’s site-specific dance–based projects “House Party” and “Sex On A String” escaped the predictability of performance and performance space by bringing dance out of the gallery/theater and instead lured over 300 audience members through parks, homes and streets of Los Angeles. A museum tour within forest depths or backyard red-light district, this roaming installation redefined dance for many in Los Angeles.

Keeping an existence in both commercial and underground cultures is essential for Heffington as an artist. His sold-out monthly dance parties Sock-it, Fingered and Full Frontal Disco have included dance classes, contemporary-punk mini dance concerts and always some off-the-hook-sweat-fest-dancefloor-foolery. Fingered is where Ryan first infused dance class into his parties, sparking the idea for Sweaty Sundays – Dance Class for Everyone. Trading cocktail glasses for water bottles, in 2010 he opened the dance / fitness studio"The Sweat Spot" gearing classes towards the adult beginner to professional dancer. The space serves as performance space and the last friday of the month you can enjoy "Movie Night" screening dance related films.  Ryan has traveled across the U.S. and to Nicaragua, Tokyo, Germany and Canada spreading his enthusiasm for dance.

In 2008, Ryan along with 3 others founded the Dance/Music collective WE ARE THE WORLD. On stage this highly designed masked foursome jump between instruments, vocals and choreography. Within a short year they toured Europe and in the U.S. opened for Yelle, Ticky and CSS. Their full length debut album “Clay Stones” is available on iTunes.

"a blend of Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris with a splash of Freddie Mercury and Peaches”
- someone once said…