Ryan Pearson


Ryan is of Biripi and Worimi descent on his mother’s side and Minang, Goreng and Balardung on his father’s side. He was born and raised in Taree, New South Wales.

He began his dance training at NAISDA at age 16, after taking part in the NSW Public Schools’ Aboriginal Dance Company, facilitated by Bangarra’s Youth Program Team in 2012. During his time at NAISDA, Ryan learnt from a number of renowned teachers and choreographers.

One of Ryan’s highlights during his training at NAISDA was attending a six-week Professional Division Summer Intensive at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.

He joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2017 as part of the Russell Page Graduate Program.

Bennelong in 2017 was his debut season with Bangarra and has since performed the past 7 years throughout Australia and Internationally with the company lead by renowned storytellers Stephen Page and Frances Rings.

Ryan was nominated in the 2020 Australian Dance Awards for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for his performance in Jiri Kylian’s Stamping Ground (2019 Production, 30 years of sixty-five thousand).

In 2023, Ryan presented his first choreographic work, 5 Minute Call as part of Dance Clan.