Ryan has been involved in teaching people to dance for over 17 years, but has been an accredited teacher for almost 30 years. Ryan's story of how he became involved in Ballroom dancing is, in his own words "by accident", but that accident changed his life for the better. His passion for dancing is contagious, but it’s his passion for teaching that sets him apart from most of his peers.
Teaching awards include:
· 2017 & 2018 Recognized as one of the Best Dance Teachers in Charlotte by Expertise.com
· 2008, 2009, & 2010 Olympian award winner for teaching excellence
· 1995 regional (NC, SC & VA) Teacher of the Year recipient
Ted has been teaching people how to dance for 39 years and trained with nationally recognized Ballroom Champion Cher Rutherford. Ted and Ryan first met in 2002 at a Fred Astaire Dance Showcase. Since that meeting, Ted has been a coach, mentor and friend, with Ryan crediting Ted with helping him to become the dancer is he is today. We are honored to have him as such an integral part of the Positively Ballroom team.
Lauren has been dancing since the age of 2 and teaching dance for the past 12 years. She holds a B.A. in dance from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, modern, and lyrical dance. We are honored to have her as our Dance Coordinator and appreciate her invaluable contributions to the studio.