Teachers

Ryan and Anna
Ryan started on his blues dance journey in 2013, having tap-danced from the age of 12, and travels extensively to learn, perform and compete – individually, and as part of the Down and Outs Blues Troupe, which he has been a member of since its formation.
Ryan has finalled and placed in competitions in both the US and Europe, and has taught at international festivals such as the Spoonful and European Blues Invasion, as well as the weekly Urban Blues night in London. Academically trained, with over 15 years of teaching and mentoring experience, he loves to encourage people to find the tools they need to express themselves dancing blues and to geek out over the history, context and music of the dance he loves.
Coming from a background in music and other partner dances, Anna found blues dancing in 2013, and quickly fell in love with the music, the dance, and the community of dancers. Anna travels extensively within Europe and in the US to learn, perform, compete, DJ, teach, research, and of course to dance.
Anna is a self-confessed geek, and loves to delve into all aspects of the history and culture of blues music and dance. She is particularly interested in Blues Idiom Dances at the moment. She enjoys performing, and has won and placed in a number of solo and partnered competitions and has qualified as a BlueSHOUT All Star, and loves to perform with her blues dance troupe, the Down and Outs. She loves to teach, both within her day job at a University, and in dance, teaching regularly at Urban Blues and at Blues at the Ritzy in London as well as at weekend workshops across the UK and Europe. When not travelling or working, Anna can generally be found on a dancefloor at home in London, be sure to ask her for a dance!

 

Dan Repsch
Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels internationally, teaching and learning and happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan’s enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. Dan is also a veteran DJ, spinning for events across 4 continents and DJing everything from international events to local dances on a weekly basis. He’s also organized both locally and for international events as their Head DJ, including BluesSHOUT! and The Blues Experiment. In the end, Dan is most excited to work hard at improving the dance and to see his students break through their boundaries.