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Meet Robin Dawn Ryan

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.

In 1995, Robin and several students filmed a pre-school tap, ballet, and jazz television show called “Miss Robin’s Dance Show,” which aired on the Bravo Network. She produced a tap video and released a DVD of her stretch and flex exercise routine. In 2009, Robin wrote the The Dance Competition Handbook: How You Can Succeed at Dance Competitions! An acrobatic DVD is forthcoming to accompany her DEA Acrobatics curriculum. She was on the cover of Dancer Magazine in 2007 and frequently called to contribute to Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine.

Robin’s choreography and dancers have been seen at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Dutch Apple Theater in Pennsylvania, and numerous other local and regional theaters. She is an adjunct teacher at North Fort Myers High School where she has been choreographing their award winning annual musicals for 23 years, as well as teaching dance class at the school. She has given countless hours to the community through volunteer dance shows by her students, plus she has choreographed, directed and produced a number of local events to include “Rockin’ Kids Christmas Show,” and Arts of Act with Tracy Ullman to name a few. 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 competition team was called The Robin Dawn Showstoppers, but at year 25 they became the Robin Dawn Legends, a very deserving name as Robin’s dancers are recognized throughout the dance competition world, including being invited to dance in Europe and China. Many Robin Dawn Legend Dancers have gone on to be professional dancers and continue on that path today. 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.


A busy professional dance teacher, Robin works hard to balance her business and family life. She and Kevin have been married for 17 years and together they have 6 children: Chandler, his wife Sara and their children Levi and Alayna and a baby boy on the way; Brooke, her husband Matt and their daughters Savannah and Blakley; Evan and Eric, Taylor and Kacie.