Lola Ryan

About the Artist

Lola Ryan is a teacher, writer and performer. She is a senior artist, with an extensive career in many fields of endeavour   A former champion athlete, she began a career in dance in her twenties, founding and co-founding several dance/theatre companies and touring nationally. She is one of Canada’s foremost practitioners of dance and movement improvisation. As a critic, she has both written and broadcast reviews of dance and theatre across Canada and in the US. Her work with children and adults is an abiding interest, which is why the work she has created encourages links between youthful play and the world of dance. Through MASC, Lola has taught thousands of children, adults and seniors since 2000.  She also teaches at the University of Ottawa and serves on the board of Dance Ontario.

My role is a catalyst for the growth of whoever I work with, and I am complete and content in that position.

— Lola Ryan

Artist's Programs

Artistic Disciplines



2SLGBTQIA+, Seniors, Women+



Language Proficiency

English, French

People love this artist

It makes us laugh. It's wonderful!

— Senior participant in Lowertown, Ottawa

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