Ryan Francois

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Ryan Francois
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
Years active1984–present

Ryan Francois is a swing dancer, choreographer and actor, who played a central part of the revival of the Lindy Hop .[1] Specialising in dances related to the Jazz & Swing era - including the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Tap and Authentic Vernacular Jazz, Ryan has over 30 years dance experience.

Ryan learned from and danced with Frankie Manning as well as Pepsi Bethel, George Lloyd and Mama Lu Parks.


Choreography for the UK TV shows:

Founder and artistic director of the dance companies: Swing X-Treme and Zoots and Spangles.

Choreographed the swing dance Jitterbug Stroll (1992).

Appeared in the musical Swing! by Paul Kelly.

Co-choreographer for Feelin In The Mood musical.


  • Malcolm X
  • Idlewild
  • Swing Kids
  • The Polar Express
  • Lackawanna Blues
  • Shore Leave


Twice winner of the U.S. Open and American Swing Dance Champion.

Nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway.


  1. ^ Francois, Ryan (Oct 3, 2013). "Planet swing - the real Harlem Globetrotters". TEDxAlbertopolis. Retrieved Feb 11, 2016.

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