About

Photo Credit: Tom Cochrane 2018

Ryanne Spencer

Owner/Teacher

Ryanne Spencer grew up studying ballet, tap, jazz and broadway at The Dance Centre in St. John’s, NL. Under the direction of Mara Noftall and Janine Fraser, Ryanne completed The Dance Centre’s teacher training program including successful completion of the Cecchetti syllabus examinations (Grade 1 to Advanced 1 inclusive). Ryanne was a member of their faculty for many years and founded their contemporary dance program in 2009. She continues to study and collaborate with The Dance Centre at every opportunity.

Ryanne has introduced dance to many children and communities by teaching in community recreation centres in NL & Nova Scotia. Her belief in continuing dance education and professional development have been life-long. She has furthered her dance training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary styles in a variety of settings across Canada and the US. Ryanne’s love of dance, interest in human movement and desire for education led her to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University and then complete a Masters in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. In 2018-2019, under the mentorship of Jane Wooding and Mara Noftall, Ryanne studied in St. John’s, Halifax and Toronto and successfully completed her Cecchetti Associate Examination which awarded her Associate designation with Cecchetti Canada. This brought the opportunity for students to take Cecchetti syllabus examinations to Corner Brook, and in 2020, for the first time in NL history, students from the West Coast participated in and successfully completed ballet exams. Also in 2020, Ryanne received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique, a world renowned dance conditioning program based out of Australia.

In addition to dance, Ryanne has studied voice, piano, and saxophone. She fell in love with musical theatre at a young age and was actively involved with community musical theatre for many years through Peter MacDonald Productions. 

She is currently a member of the Dance Teacher’s Association of NL and actively collaborates with multiple dance companies in the province. Ryanne has worked as Rehearsal Assistant with Kittiwake Dance Theatre (2018-2020) helping to involve local young dancers in their touring productions. She has been guest choreographer with Mosaic Dance Company (2017, 2016) and has worked as Director and Choreographer for Gros Morne Summer Music including their Paul Simon Spectacular Productions (2018, 2017). In 2017, Ryanne founded Graham Academy’s Broadway Dance program with a vision of creating strong, technically proficient dancers. This vision, along with her desire to share her love of and respect for dance, prompted her to open her own dance studio and in 2020, Con Moto Dance was created. 

Ryanne’s lifelong passion for dance and her knowledge and experience in children and youth’s physical and artistic development offers her students a unique training experience.