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RYAN LOHOFF

Ryan Lohoff is the director of Rithem Dance Company in Los Angeles, CA. He is also the founder of Neo Rhythmo Inc. (TapInColor.com) and co-director of Tap Into The Network. For the past 8 years, Ryan has been on faculty touring with Hollywood Vibe Convention.

 

Throughout his professional career, Ryan has worked with brand names Nike, Adidas, and Disney as well as performing on television shows "Star Search" with Arsenio Hall, "Mobbed" with Howie Mandell, CBS's "Live To Dance" with Paula Abdul, and FOX's "30 Seconds to Fame." He has worked with Broadway choreographer Keith Young on the Sammy Davis Jr. musical "Sammy" as well as choreographing for FOX's "World Of Dance" (House of Tap - 2019).

 

Ryan is considered to be a master convention tap teacher and has taught on a touring convention for over 18yrs. You may have taken a class from him traveling with KAR, Showstopper, Dance Olympus, Company Dance, LA Dance Magic, The Streetz, Hollywood Dance Jamz, Hollywood Vibe, Triple Threat Dance (Canada), and Global Dance Convention (Australia).

 

Recently Ryan has focused his attention on choreography, both for film and LIVE events. Through Rithem Dance Company, Ryan has produced multiple concept videos as well as choreographing live performance pieces. He has also created a limited edition run of custom painted tap shoes named "Rithem Kicks." This is, of course, just another step further along the tap customization road that Ryan embarked upon in 2008 when he created Neo Rythmo Inc. It was then that he began producing professional matte black ProTone taps and later Melodies, the FIRST and ONLY multi-color taps.

 

Outside of work, Ryan is a happy, dedicated, loving husband and father of two residing in Simi Valley, CA. In January 2017 while teaching on tour, Ryan's life took a dramatic turn, and he suffered a grand mal seizure. By the end of the year, December of 2017, he had brain surgery to remove a small tumor that was later diagnosed as a Grade 4 GBM (glioblastoma multiforme). This is an extremely aggressive form of brain cancer. Fortunately, the tumor was found early, and the surgery was very successful.

 

Along with excellent doctors, clinical trials, and a consistently positive outlook, Ryan has managed to stay CLEAR of any recurrence. His diagnosis has had a significant impact on the dance community, and there has been an outpouring of support. In May of 2018, Dancers Against Cancer produced a benefit in honor of Ryan that was directed by Gregg Russell and Jackie Sleight.

 

Today Ryan continues to work on numerous projects, innovate, teach, and inspire the current and future generations of tap dancers. Occasionally he will hold FREE open classes in the Los Angeles area and give back to the community that has given so much to him. Using his sense of humor and versatility, he shares his unique style by creating an exciting, non-threatening, energetic, and humorous atmosphere during class that will make even the non-tappers go out and get a pair of shoes.