Robin Dawn Ryan, owner and artistic director of Robin Dawn Academy of Performing Arts, started dancing when she was two years old in Indianapolis, Indiana where she studied tap, ballet, acrobatics and baton. She was a member of the young dance group called the “Ten Wonders” which traveled throughout Indiana. Robin won numerous awards in both dance and gymnastics, and at age 14, she competed in the AAU Jr. Olympics, placing 2nd in floor exercises and 4th all around for the state of Indiana.
In 1970 her family moved to Venice, Florida where she trained with the Sarasota Sailor Circus and traveled to Alaska to perform in the summer. Following high school graduation, she went to work as a professional circus performer in Colorado and New York, doing tumbling, aerial work and trick bareback riding.
In 1975 Robin opened RDA in Cape Coral, Florida where she and her staff have been training dancers for 41 years. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Teachers of America, and is one of fourteen Ambassadors for the Dance Teacher Summit held annually in New York, sponsored by Dance Teacher Magazine. She is most often asked to teach her stretch and flex warm up and strong technique classes after colleagues see the quality of her dancers during performance. This year she was asked to create the national curriculum in acrobatics for Dance Educators of America. For 31 years, Robin has been judging, choreographing individuals and groups, and guest teaching all over the United States and Canada.
She has been nominated for Lee County’s Angel of the Arts Award, ABC’s The View’s Most Remarkable Women, and the Dance Teacher Award sponsored by Dance Teacher Magazine.
Robin’s students have Broadway, Broadway tour, Disney Performer, Las Vegas performer, television, industrial, theme park, cruise ship, dance company, professional dance team, choreographer, teacher and studio ownership credits to their name. Many have gone into other aspects of entertainment and other professions. All note their Robin Dawn training as a major factor in their success.