After taking Lindy classes from Ruth and Mike, students across continents are often heard to exclaim, “Why haven’t I taken classes from you before now?!” Ruth and Mike teach with a subtle blend of technical detail and silly fun that keeps people interested and pushes their dancing to new heights. Ruth and Mike are passionate about helping students connect with both the technical and artistic aspects of Lindy Hop. They want students to find their own style while staying true to the core of dance.
Ruth and Mike bring a potent and diverse combination of skills to their teaching. Both of them possess deep anatomical knowledge that they use to make technical movement details very accessible, helping students access ease and comfort in their bodies. Ruth has two certifications in the Franklin Method, an internationally recognized body efficiency modality. They use their backgrounds as musicians to help people connect to music on a deeper level. Between the two of them, Ruth and Mike have taught not only Lindy Hop and other swing dances but also Argentine Tango, vintage Blues dances, lyrical dance, vintage ballroom dances, and much more. They care about pushing Lindy Hop forward as a living art form as well as staying strongly rooted in the origins of the dance. To this end, they scrutinize old video clips (Sandra Gibson, Al Minns, and Earl “Snake Hips” Tucker are current favorites) as well as studying current dance forms in the African diaspora (West African dances from Senegal, Mali, and Benin, Twerking, Dancehall, Urban Ballroom and more).
When they are not dancing, Ruth and Mike both love carrot juice, smoky Scotch whisky, and philosophical discussions. Since they started traveling and teaching together, Ruth has started using the Oxford comma, and all of Mike’s electronic devices are from Apple. They work on dance obsesssively and have been known to swing out in the aisles of moving trains while traversing the French countryside. Check out ruthandmike.com, facebook.com/ruthandmike, and youtube.com/ruthandmikedance.
Ruth and Mike are among the most respected and sought-after instructors in the blues dance world. They have taught at most of the blues dance events that exist (In 14 countries and counting…). They are founding members and choreographers of the B Sides, which is the first and currently only ongoing professional blues performance group.
Ruth and Mike are an exceptional teaching partnership, internationally renowned for their dynamic energy, precise explanations, entertainment value, and ability to make detailed technique fun to learn. They are prolific choreographers, avid dance nerds, and enthusiastic social dancers. Ruth and Mike are passionate about creating fresh and expressive art that stays true to the roots of the blues. They love dance pedagogy and mentoring newer teachers to fulfill their potential as instructors.
Ruth and Mike both love carrot juice, smoky Scotch whisky, and philosophical discussions. Since they started traveling and teaching together, Ruth has started using the Oxford comma, and all of Mike’s electronic devices are from Apple. 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 Grosser is one of the most recognized names in the Blues dance community. Mike is a top level instructor, dancer, choreographer, performer, and mentor. He has not only won respected blues competitions but also thrown down hard in unofficial late night dance-offs. Mike is a founding member and choreographer of the B Sides, which is the first and currently only ongoing professional blues performance group. Students across continents rave about Mike’s insights, personality, and breadth and depth of knowledge.
As an instructor, Mike strives to put himself in his students’ shoes so that he can relate material 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 lives and breathes dance. He is constantly honing his skills and developing new ideas. 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.