Originally Posted by JeffAHayes
I didn't know all the things stated about Ryan, but considering she's still a teenager, I find it hard to believe she's been an assistant to Mia Michaels "for several years" AND done all those other things at such an early age. At any rate, I'm not yet sure if she's Top 10 material, either (I'm pretty certain Melanie is, as well as Ricky).
Ryan apparently toured the US and Canada with Mia Michaels for a year when she was 16 (from what I can gather Mia saw Ryan's performance of piece Ryan had choreographed and was so impressed that she offered her a job assisting; she and her mother thought Mia was just being nice until her business manager gave them his card and asked whether she had a passport--see a piece in her home town paper, here
). You can see her on stage with Mia during that period in this:
Soon after that she performed professionally in a number on DWTS at age 17. She can be seen dancing (the lead) in a number from the finale of this past season of Glee here
(it is very, very cool that Hulu features a tool with which to create a custom clip like that
, though it doesn't make up for being interrupted by ads 6 or 8 times while trying to find the performance
); it seems unlikely that it's actually her singing but I suppose it's possible. Season 7's Ashley Galvin is in that number with her, and Lauren Gottlieb is in one of the following numbers; both pieces are performances by show choirs in competition with the Glee
group--the show must be a godsend to young dancers everywhere, and particularly SYTYCD alums, who Fox seem to favor.
The DWTS performance is no doubt available on Hulu--you're welcome to look
EDIT: According to IMDb, Ryan also appears in this
episode of House
in, I believe, a surreal broadway-style jazz number which begins at around 32:52. (This Hulu video doesn't seem to be embed/share-able so no clip editor. For some reason, Hulu has pre-made clips of the other 4 dream sequences in that episode but not that one
. BTW, I now realize I could have searched for the performance in Glee
entirely in the clip editor and only suffered a single ad).