An original of the Lindy Hop revivalists from the 1980's. Mentored and trained by legendary Savoy Lindy Hoppers, most notably Pepsi Bethel and Mama Lu Parks. Also considered by one of the greatest Lindy Hoppers of his generation, Frankie Manning to be his third son - An honour he works constantly to live up to.
Ryan Francois remains an influential figure in the modern Lindy Hop world. He has been teaching, competing, performing and choreographing for over 30 years creating 3 successful dance companies. He is also a former US Open and American Swing Dance Champion. He’s taught, everywhere and directly or indirectly almost everybody. As a performing artist and choreographer his credits include the Hollywood movies "Swing Kids", "Malcolm X" and "Idlewild" the hit Broadway show "Swing!" and the widely popular TV shows Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance and Britain's Got Talent. As well as many music videos, most recently the iconic “2 Cousins” With Remy Kouame.
A jazz pioneer with a near Yoda like knowledge of the Vernacular dances, who has a passion for sharing his knowledge of the Swing Era to dancers and non dancers alike all over the world. Ryan can look back on a stunning career and can proudly say without question, that he is one of the best vernacular jazz dancers, teachers and choreographers of the modern swing era.