Ron Parker

  Ron Parker was born, raised and educated in Los Angeles. He began dancing in high school musicals, and after graduating from LA High School he joined a community youth group that performed vintage Swing routines at senior citizen facilities around the city. Parker graduated from UCLA, and since has gone on to master Salsa, Argentine Tango, Ballroom (Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot), Swing (West Coast, East Coast, Lindy Hop), Hustle, Nightclub 2-Step and Cha-Cha. Parker has been a member of various dance groups, including the all-black Lindy Hop dance group named Central Ave Ensemble that he co-founded with Chester Whitmore in 2003; the Beverly Hills Cotillion Dance Ensemble; the LA Chapter of USA Dance where he was the vice-president in 2008 and 2009, and advocated promoting Ballroom dancing in the community. In 2010, Parker initiated the Diversify Your Dance series designed to introduce South Central residents to new dances. In 2011 and 2012, Parker produced, directed and co-choreographed "The History of Black Dance In America", a retrospective of 200 years of African-inspired dance in America. In 2014, Parker worked as Assistant Director and danced in the “Swinging Frankie's Way” show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Parker has danced at several events around the country as well as in a couple of TV shows and movies.

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