Ian grew up in Lawrence, Kansas just a few blocks from the KU campus. He started dancing at fourteen when his mother convinced him to take a four-week group class, after just four lessons he was hooked and by eighteen had started teaching ballroom dance in Lawrence. He moved to Kansas City to continue teaching in 2004.
Since then he has continued to study and teach ballroom dancing in the Kansas City Area, as well as participating in charity dance events and various competitions around the country. Ian currently has a Master’s certification in American Smooth, and American Rhythm from Dance Vision International.
It was through ballroom dancing that he met his wife and they welcomed their first child in 2013. When not dancing Ian spends time with his family, collects musical instruments, and runs a small woodworking business.