Meet Your Coach
Hello! My name is Jeremy Ruben. Welcome to 80/20 Dance, an organization dedicated to spreading interest of Country, Swing, and club styles of dance to the Pace and Milton area and beyond. To best understand 80/20 Dance, you should learn my personal story of dance and how it continues to shape the way I serve our community today. Please read on, watch my videos, and learn more about me. Perhaps by doing so I can influence you to start your dance journey... because if I can do it, so can YOU!
How dance changed my life.
I started my dance journey early in 2011 at the age of thirty-three. Newly divorced and suffering extreme culture shock as a former Los Angeles resident acclimating to the small town of Dothan, AL, the pursuit of dance was nothing more than an attempt to meet new people in a town where I knew nobody. Up to this point, I was a confident individual, but during this difficult season of my life, I was anything but. Terribly insecure about learning to dance, I almost quit several times for different reasons. Watch this video to learn how a depressed, insecure version of myself used dance to positively alter the course of my life in a way that allows me today to help others do the same.
More than teaching dance.
Teaching dance steps is just a small part of what a good dance instructor does. Fostering a strong dance program, or better yet, a dance community, takes leadership. The social element offered by a dance community is unparalleled by any other activity. Nothing compares! I have had the great privileged of leading the growth of several dance communities with great success and now I call the cities of Milton and Pace my home. Therefore, my loyalties are to the people of Pace and Milton who I believes can benefit greatly from learning to dance socially with styles like West Coast Swing and Line Dancing.
A WEST COAST SWING & COUNTRY SPECIALIST
A jack of all trades is a master of none.
Any dance instructor worth their salt has obtained a strong grasp of most genres of dance. I have trained extensively in Ballroom, Latin, Country Western, and Swing styles, but my heart belongs to West Coast Swing and the various Country Western styles of dance. Why do I favor these styles? Why do I choose to compete on the West Coast Swing and Country circuits and not others? Why have I spent so many hours learning and developing the most effective methods of teaching these styles? You will find the answers to these questions as soon as you experience your first class with 80/20 Dance. The benefits of these styles are vast and plenty! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving 80/20 Dance a try. I know you will love it!
Personal development should never end. Competition inspires me to always improve.
I love competition! Actively participating in both West Coast Swing and Country Western competition dance circuits, my constant pursuit to be a winning competitive dancer takes me to the top professional coaches in my craft. I feel if I am not learning, I am dying... so my training never ends! Both as a competitor and an instructor, I am always investing in my own development. Competition has always given me a way to set goals and measure my progress as a dancer. Involvement in competition allows me to stay current with dance trends, music, and instructional techniques. Working with the best-of-the-best in the World helps me be the very best instructor I can be. It is for that reason that many of my students sponsor me to attend competition events. I bring all the knowledge and experience back to them! Learn how to invest in the growth of the Pace and Milton dance community through my sponsorship page!