Ricky, at age seven, a native of the Bronx, began his dance training as a scholarship student at Ballet Hispanico of New York. Later, as an undergraduate at SUNY Purchase, he received dance scholarships with The Alvin Ailey School, and Dance Theater Of Harlem. Ricky has had a very diverse performance career, performing locally, nationally and internationally with many dance companies and productions such as Franco Zeffirelli’s productions of Carmen and La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera and Don Giovanni at Washington Opera, as well as with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Nicholas Rodriguez & Dance Compass, New York Ballroom Company, Bailes Ferrer, Sol y Sombra, Randy James Dance Works, Flamenco Vivo, Edwin Aparicio’s Selected Works, and most recently in Omayra Amaya’s repertory performance group and Andanza Flamenco. He’s been a dance educator for 25 years and is currently working with Children’s Arts & Science Workshops, Lotus Music & Dance, American Academy of Ballet and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. This is his Eighth year with Young Audiences New York. During the process of learning a dance style, Mr. Santiago incorporates students’ own creations. This instills a sense of ownership and pride in their work. To Ricky Seeing children work intensely to hone their craft and exploring a new way to express themselves is incredibly inspiring.