Originally from the US, Genevieve Ryan is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who has made Galway her home since 2006. Genevieve began dancing at the age of 3 and believes that dance is a creative form of expression that everyone should enjoy. She has studied dance all across the United States specialising in a variety of styles including Street Dance, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. In addition to dance and choreography, Genevieve is a lifelong Yoga practitioner. In 2001, she received her certification after completing the renowned Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training course at the Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, India.
In 2009 she received her dance teaching qualifications, with distinction, from the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). In 2015 she accepted her MA in Dance from the University of Limerick, where she explored the links between environment and culture, and their specific effects on the creative processes of choreographers.
She is a founding member of Galway Dance Project, established in 2011, with aims to facilitate professional dance practice in Galway city and county and served as Chair of the Board from 2013 to 2017. In 2012, Genevieve established Off Beaten Path Dance Company with Katarzyna Voetter and musician Eamon Brett. The company aims to create new work focusing on collaborations and connections between movement and live music, presently she is artistic director and a principal dancer.