Ryan O’Shaughnessy

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.  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, and he is especially excited to be teaching blues with Swing Patrol.

Ryan now teaches at Urban Blues Whitechapel