J Ryan Carroll had the privilege of training closely under the tutelage of: David Howard, Hilary Cartwright, Peter Schabel, Dame Sonia Arova, Haynes Owens, Laura Alonso, Graciela Kozak, Alexandre Proia, Antoinette Peloso and Diana Laurenson .
At 19 years old he apprenticed with Laura Alonso’s Ballet Clasico de la Havana in Havana, Cuba. He went on to dance with Wes Chapman’s Alabama Ballet as a company member, American Repertory Ballet dancing soloist and principal roles and as a Principal Soloist with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. He currently dances with Ajkun Ballet Theater in New York City and freelances internationally. He has been a Principal Guest Artist with Alabama Dance Theater, North West Florida Ballet, Portland Ballet, Mobile Ballet and Western Ballet Theater of Puerto Rico, CoDa21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to name a few. The Ministry of Culture of Puerto Rico invited him to be the Premiere Guest Artist at the 2010 International Dance Festival in San Juan where he danced the Rose in Fokine’s famous “Le Spectre de la Rose” and the Young Man in Roland Petit’s “Le Jeune Homme et la Mort” in the Festival’s Gala performance. Recently he became a company member of Les Ballets Grandiva. This was the first time that either ballet had been danced on the island of Puerto Rico.
Some of J Ryan's favorite roles include Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Franz in Coppelia, Cerventes in Don Quixote, Hilarion in Giselle, Marius in Les Miserables, Lucifer in Inferno, Cavalier in Nutcracker, Tootles in Septime Weber's Peter Pan, Moor in Fokine's Petruschka, Prince in Cinderella, Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen, Claudius in Hamlet, Poet in Jose Pares' Poeme, Alberto Mendez's Pasion, Dracula in Dracula, Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Rose in Le Spectre de la Rose, and Young Man in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.
J Ryan worked with Ann Reinking as a featured dancer in the National Tour of Fosse and also in the International Tour of Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshal. Some highlights of the International Tour were performing at Place des Arts in Montreal and at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. Fosse was the first American Musical to play at the Chatelet; it enjoyed rave reviews and its success paved the way for more American Musicals to play there. Also while in France, he performed with Ben Vereen and cast on France’s TV show Vive le Monde. J Ryan was part of the Scott and Zelda workshop written by Frank Wildhorn and choreographed by Ann Reinking at the Broadway Theater Project. He was part of the Dodger Stages workshop of Doctor Dolittle, choreographed by Rob Ashford and directed by Glenn Casale. He performed in the 2005 Fall Season at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival in Pippin, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, and All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by J.R. Sullivan.
J Ryan has danced back-up for pop sensation, Deborah Gibson, in her one- woman show, Pop Goes Broadway, choreographed by Eddie Bennett. In 2008-2009, he was the Dance Captain and Swing for the North American Tour of the Wizard of Oz, directed by Nigel West and choreographed by Leigh Constantine. During the tour, he had the privilege of performing at Madison Square Garden and at the National Arts Center in Ottawa for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He is currently involved with workshops for the Verdon Fosse Estate.
J Ryan has been ballet master for Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Dance Project in New York City. He was a company teacher for both the National and International tours of Fosse, as well as Ajkun Ballet Theater in NYC. He has taught Kinesthetic Approach to Ballet and the Fosse technique throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. He has been on faculty at summer programs for Western Ballet Theater of Puerto Rico, Ajkun Ballet Theater, Alabama Dance Theater, Northwest Florida Ballet, Southeastern Alabama Dance Theater, Mobile Ballet, Seiskaya Ballet, and the International Dance Festival in New York City. In 2007, J Ryan was invited to adjudicate for the South African Dance Championships in Durban, South Africa. While there he taught Cape Town City Ballet II. J Ryan is on guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts in NYC.