We ARE the Starrs. Dancing became a part of our lives in the summer of 2001 when our son, Ryan Starr, was nearly 15 and his grandmother asked if he would learn to dance so that she would have someone to dance with at their upcoming 50th anniversary party. He agreed to give it a try and it quickly became a passion to share it.
Ryan's introduction to dance changed his life in so very many ways. He loves nothing more than sharing his love for all forms of dance through group and private lessons, dances, and performances at private parties and his own summer programs. His interest in the nearly lost practice of chivalry or gentlemanly conduct still encouraged in ballroom dance inspired us to seek out the National League of Junior Cotillions to begin a North Idaho Chapter. Operating from 2005 to 2019, Ryan taught young people customs, courtesies, and character development and introduced them to ballroom dance life skills
at the same time.
Just a few years ago while watching a video with friends we discussed the dancing in the Jane Austen videos we had seen (Pride and Prejudice - the five hour version, Emma, etc.) We all agreed that the dances looked simple, fun, and allowed for interaction socially between young people without too much inappropriate familiarity. It also emphasized the chivalrous conduct that Ryan likes to teach. After hours of research he was able to collect hundreds of dances dating back to the 14th century and recorded music which fits each dance specifically. This has opened the way to a new passion which we named "Olde English Dances" (see a video under that title on the selection bar below) Since he was given property in Scotland for his 21st birthday in order to appropriate to him the title of Lord (or Laird in Scotland) he can now invite folks to participate in the Olde English Dances as a formal invitation from Lord Ryan to a dance at his country estate. Costuming is encouraged but not required for these fun times which generally occur every three to four weeks.
Training in ballroom required a lot of travel but Ryan spent his money on training with the best of the best all around the country. From Canadian Champions to World Champions, even the father of Lindy Hop himself, Frankie Manning. Ryan never missed an opportunity to learn from the masters. He competed in American style and International style over a period of 3 years.
Championship competitor 2003-2005
More than 60 first place awards in competitions across the nation.
First Place in USA Dance National Championships 2004 Bronze Syllabus American Style Smooths
First Place in USA Dance National Championships 2004 Silver Syllabus American Style Smooths
First Place in USA Dance National Championships 2004 Bronze Syllabus American Style Rhythms
First Place in USA Dance National Championships 2004 Silver Syllabus American Style Rhythms
First Place in 2005 Seattle's Quest for the Best Championship Level 5-Dance Rhythms
Ryan then began teaching social ballroom dancing in April 2005 and has taught more than 425 students (from 5 to 85 yrs old), from the Palouse to Bonners Ferry, even Missoula, Montana to Colfax, Mead, and Deer Park, Washington. Instructing youth in 5th grade and up in etiquette, ethics, and ballroom dance for the National League of Junior Cotillions, North Idaho Chapter, from 2005-19.
Classes range from $10-15 per person per full hour for group rates. $60 per hour for private or semi private lessons at your place or ours (2 hour minimum if we have to travel more than 10 miles).
Choose from American Style Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Peabody,Swing (Single, Triple, Hustle, West Coast, Carolina Shag or Lindy Hop), Mambo, Merengue, Salsa, Night Club 2 step, OR International style Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, or Quickstep.
Choose from competitive or social dance styling. Learn "lead and follow" cues so that you can dance with anyone and look like a pro. Learn in a very non-threatening, supportive environment with other fun-hearted people.