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.
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".
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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…