Ryan and Ashleigh Di Lello are Latin ballroom champions known for their guest performances on ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS and for being the first married couple to be voted all the way to the finals of the hit FOX show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. They were the stars of the Broadway show BURN THE FLOOR and Ryan is a current pro and season 3 champion of the Latin version of DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Ryan and Ashleigh have also choreographed and performed on programs such as THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, DROP DEAD DIVA, and BONES and they recently choreographed and appeared in the Hollywood movie ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ with Cameron Diaz. Ashleigh and Ryan have taught and performed ballroom dance in more than thirty countries around the world and feel blessed to share their talent together as a married couple.
Ryan and Ashleigh have extensive experience as choreographers. Their work has been used by ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on FOX, EstrellaTV's MI SUENO ES BAILAR, Univision's SABADO GIGANTE, Hollywood films, Royal Caribbean International, competitive dance teams, and professional theater companies.
Ryan and Ashleigh both began dancing before age five. They each became champions at an early age winning titles such as DanceSport Junior Latin Champion, U.S. Youth American Champion, U.S. Youth Latin Finalist, U.S. Youth Standard runner-up, DanceSport Amateur Latin Champion, and both U.S. and British Latin Formation Champions.
After five years of company work in ballet, jazz, and hip hop Ashleigh fell in love with ballroom dancing when she was twelve and soon became a DanceSport Junior Latin Champion and a U.S. Junior American Finalist. She has a special love and passion for dance that has come as a result of much trial and hardship. At the age of thirteen she became very sick with a life-threatening illness that she would battle for the next four and a half years. She met with doctor after doctor searching for a cure. Most said she would die, they all said she would never dance again. Ashleigh assured each of them that she would not only live, but she would dance! After triumphing over this illness Ashleigh returned to dance and quickly surged to the top becoming a three-time DanceSport Amateur Latin Champion and a U.S. Amateur Latin Finalist.
In addition to being an accomplished gymnast and sports enthusiast, Ryan comes from a dynasty of award-winning ballroom dancers which includes his parents and both maternal and paternal grandparents. He has performed on stage since the age of four and has followed his family legacy to become a U.S. National DanceSport Champion.