Faculty

Mallory Ryan
Mallory Ryan

Mallory Ryan

Instructor

MSc.OT, BHSc, C.D.T.A., R.W.I.D.

Mallory is a dance instructor at Dance Elite and an Occupational Therapist. She trained at Dance Elite in a variety of disciplines including jazz, tap, ballet, and musical theatre (her favourite!).

Dancing since the age of three, Mallory competed nationally with Dance Elite and with her University Dance Team at U.O.I.T., where she also created and hosted the University Dance Competition, Bust-A-Move (B.A.M.) from 2008-2010. Her advocacy for dance at the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology lead to the creation of a varsity dance team; Mallory was the first coach of the U.O.I.T. Ridgeback Varsity Dance Team.

Mallory has also achieved successful examinations in the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association jazz, tap and ballet syllabuses. She is certified to teach as an Associate Member of the C.D.T.A., and is also a Rhythm Works Integrative Dance certified instructor. Mallory provides Occupational Therapy services in the community, primarily working in schools.

While completing her Master’s of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, Mallory started a dance class for dancers of all abilities at Dance Elite with her sister, Jade. They were featured in Global TV’s “Walk the Walk” series in 2013 where they were honoured by Principle ballerina, Sonia Rodriguez for their work in the dance community supporting dancers with different needs.

Mallory dedicates time to educate, mentor, and train today’s youth, other dance instructors, and future Occupational Therapists to promote inclusivity in the community, especially within dance studio environments. Mallory has also provided workshops for various children’s treatment centres, adult day programs, schools, and organizations such as the Halton Down Syndrome Association, Community Living, and the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

Mallory is thrilled to be able to share her passion for dance with her students, and loves to watch their personalities shine. She continues to advocate for the importance of dance for dancers of all abilities in the community, and is working towards furthering the recognition of dance as a valuable tool for promoting health and well-being beyond the studio environment.

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