Dancing with Ryan Heffington

  • Words Emily May
  • Photography Arianna Lago

Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert.

Issue 49

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  • Words Emily May
  • Photography Arianna Lago

In the desert town of Twentynine Palms, choreographer RYAN HEFFINGTON is living his best life. His weird and easy dance moves might get you closer to yours too.

Now renowned for high-profile projects including the music videos for Sia’s 2014 hit “Chandelier” and Christine and the Queens’ “La Vita Nuova,” as well as feature films such as Baby Driver and Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tick, tick… Boom!, choreographer Ryan Heffington first experienced dance in tap classes at a studio in his conservative Northern California hometown. “I’d ride my bike through orchards to get there, and the parking lot was next to a donkey pasture,” he recalls. It was in this rural environment, where he felt like he was the only openly gay person, that the dance studio became his temple for expr...

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