Ryan played a huge part in the swing revival in the 1980s and has been in demand ever since.
The great Frankie Manning referred to him as his ‘number 3 son’. 2 time winner of the U.S. Open and American Swing Dance Championships, Ryan is the foremost authority in the US & UK on all dances connected and related to the Jazz & Swing era - including, The Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, Charleston, Tap, Be Bop and Blues.
Ryan has danced and choreographed on Broadway and for Hollywood movies such as ‘Malcolm X’, ‘Idlewild’ and ‘Swing Kids’. In May 2009 Ryan directed Frankie 95 The Show, which showcased the cream of the world’s Lindy Hoppers. Popularly known for his choreography on STRICTLY COME DANCING especially the Charleston routine that earned Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan - AKA “Team COLA” - Five 10’s and the win in the Strictly finals, Ryan has most recently finished working on THE STRICTLY TOUR for PHIL McINTYRE. His unique and very modern approach to traditional styles of dance are very much in demand.
Since Evgenia discovered Lindy Hop in 2002 she has taken every opportunity to learn and improve her knowledge of the dance by using her background in sports, her musical education, travelling to dance events and dancing in different scenes around the world, she quickly became a force to be reckoned with on the Swing Dance circuit. She started off as a social dancer later joining "The Swing Dance Company" a show group from St. Petersburg. She also attended and was placed highly in different competitions both in Russia and Europe.
Over the years Evgenia has developed her dancing skills to a professional standard in Boogie Woogie, Charleston, Authentic jazz, West Coast Swing and Salsa and of course The Lindyhop. She is based in St.Petersburg, Russia and teaches Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie regularly in several schools in the city as well as globally with a variety of dance partners.