Jordan Ryder is from Long Grove, Illinois, where she began her formal dance training with Extensions Dance Company and the scholarship program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 2018 with a BFA in Dance and a double minor in Sociology and The Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology.
While in school, Jordan supplemented her training through workshops at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company, Catch8 Workshop in Ireland, and the Tisch Dance Study Abroad Program in Berlin. As a performer, Jordan's most notable performances include works by Crystal Pite, James Martin, Paul Taylor, Pamela Pietro, and CrossMove Dance Lab. In 2017, she was honored to have been nominated to represent NYU Tisch Dance for the Princess Grace Awards.
Throughout her time at Tisch, Jordan was always drawn to creating her own work, so immediately upon graduating she formed her own dance company, RyderDance. As a choreographer, Jordan strives to create vivaciously athletic pieces that are focused on innovation. RyderDance has presented work in over ten venues throughout New York City and New Jersey, and is in process of working towards its first evening-length work. Jordan was a recipient of the 2018 Eryc Taylor New Choreographer Grant and most recently has been working on commissions with the Eryc Taylor Dance Company and Adlai E. Stevenson High School.