Riley started dancing when he was 10 years old joining an all-boys hip-hop class in country Victoria. He quickly progressed to training with the Anita Coutts School of Dance, which set the tone for the years to come.
Following this Riley moved to Melbourne to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where he studied for 3 years, during which he made his professional debut featuring in The White Prince by Stephen Agisilaou.
Riley then completed his Level 6 Diploma of Dance Performance at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington where he trained under James O’Hara and Tor Columbus to name a few. Whilst in New Zealand he performed work by Damien Jalet and Huang Yi as a part of his graduate year.
Riley’s professional career took off in 2019 when he became a member of Sydney Dance Company under director Rafael Bonachela. Whilst a member of Sydney Dance Company he performed soloist roles nationally and internationally in works such as ab [intra], Lux Tenebris, Impermanence and the critically acclaimed Six Breaths. He also performed work by Gideon Obarzanek.
Following this Riley made the move to France, where he joined Ballet National de Marseille performing works by La Horde, Tania Carvalho, Oona Doherty, Lasseindra Ninja and Alexandre Roccoli, touring extensively throughout France and Europe.
Riley makes his return to Sydney Dance Company in 2023.