Scarlet Ryals

Artistic Director: Scarlet Ryals

Scarlet Ryals is originally from Memphis, TN. She has studied dance for over 30 years and credits her success to continuing education in all areas of the dance industry.  She is proficiently trained in jazz, tap, hip hop and gymnastics with a concentration in classical ballet, contemporary, and lyrical. She received her formal dance teacher training at Ballet Memphis where she taught for 7 years before opening the Mid-Souths only pre professional dance company, Essentials Dance Company. Established in 2001, she has owned and operated EDC for 15 years.  Her students have received hundreds of awards and scholarships on both the regional and national levels. Scarlet's achievements as a choreographer have been recognized at the most prestigious dance competitions and conventions, winning top choreography awards regionally and nationally.  Her cutting edge, insightful, thought provoking contemporary choreography, fun  jazz and musical theater pieces with crisp lines, and high scoring gymnastic floor routines are sought out nationwide.  Scarlet also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and is a judge for the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest, Fire and Ice National Talent Competition, In10sity dance, as well as Triumph National Talent Competition.  Having trained under Christi Hall from the age of 8 to 21, Scarlet is excited to return to her roots and continue the legacy Christi has built.