Ryan graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in 1999. While at College he danced in works by Simone Clifford, Alida Chase, Adrian Burnett, Robert Ray, Anna Smith, Tracey Mitchell and Jane Mortiss. Upon graduation Ryan worked with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House dancing in Des Fledemaus, Julius Caesar and the Millenium 2000 Opera Gala on New Years Eve. lndependent projects include Salvation Jane choreographed by Stephanie Lake for the 1999 Fringe Festival, The Shattered Closet a dance/theatre CD rom and film directed by Edmund Chiu, and performances and company class with the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the 1999 Melbourne Festival. HYPER_mobile in 2000 was Ryan's only season with Tasdance.