Ryan Campbell-Birch is a professional tap dance performer, teacher, and choreographer based in London, UK.

His passion for tap developed at a young age, beginning under his mother’s tutelage in his hometown of Bristol, and has since taken him around the world from Stockholm to Sydney, London to LA, and New York to New Zealand.

Ryan graduated from Doreen Bird College of Dance and Theatre Performance with a 1st Class BA Hons in 2010, and just six weeks later returned as a faculty member to tutor students on the diploma and degree programs.

Since then, he has taught for many of the UK’s leading colleges, including ArtsEd, Italia Conti, the Urdang Academy, Morea Performing Arts, Masters Performing Arts and Guildford School of Acting. Globally, he has taught pre-professionals at Brent Street in Sydney and the Australian Institute of Music, as well as workshops in Canberra, Perth, Tauranga (NZ), Auckland, and the National Ballet School in Dubai.

 

Ryan has taught and performed at many international festivals such as Stockholm Tap Festival, Brighton Tap Festival, the Australian Tap Dance Festival, Tap Dance Festival UK, and the London Tap Dance Intensive. He is also a faculty member for the UK’s leading youth company, Tap Attack, and his choreography has won bronze, silver and gold medals at the European Championships and IDO World Championships. 

 

Believing that good teaching stems from continuous learning, Ryan has travelled the globe in order to study under some of the world’s current masters of the form. 

As a performer, Ryan has toured extensively with the sell-out show Tap Factory (EU, US, UK, UAE) and was the first British cast member in 2014. 

He was a founding member of Avalon Rathgeb’s company, Old Kent Road, and has performed in the Arts Council-funded and critically acclaimed show Fall Out in venues around the UK and the Edinburgh Fringe. Ryan co-choreographed the company’s second show, Dirty. Tap. Funk! which was commissioned by Theatre Bench for InMotion Festival at the Bunker Theatre, London in 2017, and he was also part of Old Kent Road’s collaboration with Josh Hilberman to create video documentation of his honoured piece of choreography ‘Capella Josh’. Ryan is currently performing in the company's new show OSCiLLATE, which premiered at Sadler's Wells in July 2018.

 

In addition, he  is part of the organisational team at London Tap Jam, which runs every second month in Hoxton, East London. The team also frequently hosts guest tap dancers from around the world for masterclasses and performances.

Ryan is the Creative Director of Tap Dance UK - an online hub for Britain’s tap dance community providing information on classes, performances and resources for teachers, students and enthusiasts.

 

Additional clients and credits include:

The Australian Football League, Canon, Northern Tap Company, UK Music Video Awards, YouKu, Audi, Mercedes, The Chinese Film Festival London, The Empire Casino London, Mumford and Sons, The IDTA, The ISTD, The Tap Rhythm Project and Move It.

Photography by Jon Ross-Elliot

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