Ruth and Mike love teaching dance. They work exceptionally well as a teaching partnership and are internationally renowned for their dynamic energy, precise explanations, entertainment value, and ability to make very detailed dance technique fun to learn. They are among the most sought-after instructors in the Blues dance world, and they have a growing reputation in the Lindy Hop scene.
They both love carrot juice, smoky Scotch whisky, and philosophical discussions but differ on the use of the oxford comma. They have been known to fishtail in grocery stores and swing out in the aisles of moving trains. Check out their facebook page and youtube channel.
Ruth skipped into her first dance class more than 25 years ago, and has since been dancing as many styles as she can get her feet on.
Ruth’s 15+ years as a dance instructor have taken her on teaching adventures across the US, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia. She has continually developed both her teaching and her dancing skills. Ruth is known for her ability to craft explanations that fit students’ learning styles. She brings a vibrant mixture of deep technical knowledge, passion for movement, and silly fun that students can’t help but connect with.
In addition to training in blues, lindy, Argentine tango, modern, ballet and many other dance forms, Ruth is certified in Franklin Method, an increasingly popular body somatics method. She has a long-standing love affair with close-embrace connection, has sneakily swung out in the Louvre, and is curating a fine collection of fishtail variations.
Mike reluctantly started social dancing in college when a couple of his friends persuaded him to do some ballroom east coast swing in their dorm social lounge. In the many years since then, dance has steadily taken over Mike’s life. He has danced until sunrise more times than he remembers, trained in a wide variety of dance forms, and taught around the US, Canada, and Europe.
As an instructor, Mike strives to put himself in his students’ shoes so that he can explain techniques as intuitively and thoroughly as possible. He loves seeing students’ eyes light up when they understand a concept or feel a movement work naturally in their body for the first time.
Mike is constantly honing his skills. If you run into him at grocery store, on public transit, in a museum, or on a mountain top, you’ll probably catch him dancing.
Ruth’s DJ bio:
When starting music school, Ruth assumed that everyone saw dance when they heard music. She still wants to dance whenever she hears music. To everything. Playing music that pulls other people to dance gives Ruth a thrill. She enjoys a wide range of music– deep, dirty blues to slinky jazz to sassy shuffles and far beyond. If you want to make Ruth really happy (aside from dancing), feed her good whisky. Ruth loves traveling the world dancing and playing music.
Mike’s DJ bio:
Mike has loved music since he was a kid. He started playing drums at age 14 and was soon entertaining crowds with his mad skillz. Nowadays as a DJ, Mike musically entertains crowds by taking them on fantastical voyages through his playlists.
Being a DJ gives Mike an excuse to spend time hunting the world for danceable songs. He digs fat grooves, titillating brass, and smoky vocals. He is also a fan of tea houses, the Millennium Falcon, and yogurt.