Ryan Francois is a foremost authority in the United States and United Kingdom on all authentic jazz dance styles associated with the 1920s, 30s and 40s – especially the Lindy Hop, and his unique and very modern approach to traditional styles of dance are very much in demand.
An award-winning dancer and choreographer, Ryan’s passion is sharing his knowledge of Swing with fellow dancers and non-dancers alike. He has spent more than 20 years teaching the history and steps of the Lindy Hop all over the UK, the USA and the World.
Ryan and his choreography have also appeared in many different media. On television, he has worked on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘Dancing With The Stars’, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ and, most notably, on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (where he choreographed the infamous Charleston routine that earned Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan four 10s in the final). On stage, he was Associate Choreographer and star performer in the Broadway musical ‘Swing’ (nominated for 7 TONY awards), and on the big screen, he counts Disney’s ‘Swing Kids’ (starring Christian Bale & Robert Sean Leonard) and ‘Do You Come Here’ as amongst his best work.
He has most recently finished working on the ‘Strictly’ tour at the O2 Arena and on ‘Dancing on Ice’, where he collaborated with Olympic Ice Dance Champions Torvill and Dean. He is currently choreographing a New West End Musical, ‘In the Mood’ - The Glenn Miller Story.