Ronnie West
  • Dance Instructor
    Ronnie began studying dance in 2005 under Kirstie Spadie at NCDI. He has also studied at the Dance Exchange in DC and at ‘The Pulse’ student and teacher workshops in Atlanta and NYC under Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Gil Duldulao, LaurieAnn Gibson, Dave Scott, Shane Sparks, Cris Judd, Luam and others. A natural study, Ronald began assisting six months into his training and went on to teach by the end of his first year. Ronald West continues to explore a vast range of dance movement in his classes, in which cutting edge contemporary hip hop and jazz styles are explored. He has become one of the triangle’s most sought after choreographers and master teachers within the dance studio circuit, public and private school systems and amongst upcoming dance organizations such as Kodachrome. Professionally, Ronald has danced under Courtney Greer, Michelle Pearson and Killian Manning in modern dance works across the country including the tour of the North Carolina Dance Festival. In addition he continues to broaden his palette by branching into the commercial music video scene, including choreography for the videos and tour of the premiere album ‘Beauty in the Breakdown’ for edgy up-and-comer vocalist Jean Morisson of NervRecords. In 2012 BLACK IRISH, founded by Ronald West in 2011, became part of a larger workshop movement named BLACK BOX DANCE. BLACK BOX DANCE is an organization that performs nationally and travels to institutions of all kinds with a mission that everyone can dance and should have the opportunity to do so, as dance enriches the lives of everyone both physically and mentally (They have worked with Harvard Medicine, University of NC Wilmington, the mentally impaired, veterans, veterinarians, inmates, retired nuns, politicians, preschoolers and professional dancers to name a few). Lead by Michelle Pearson, BLACK BOX DANCE achieves the slogan ‘dance that moves‘ and Ronald West could not be more thrilled to be part of such a grand dance movement, exposing dance. Ronald West continues to grow both as a student and teacher and is excited for his future movement research.

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