About us

Who We Are…  What We Offer… Why We Are Different… About the Owners… Our Team…

Who We Are

Big Sky DanceSport began as Big Sky Ballroom in a quaint studio located in a historic building in the Bon Ton district of Bozeman, Montana.  

Founded by professionally trained instructors and studio owners, Ryan & Summer Duvall, Big Sky DanceSport offers the ultimate dance experience through quality dance instruction in a modern studio environment. We believe that simplifying and teaching good basics builds a confident dancer.  This approach makes the learning process smooth, simple, and fun.  

Whether a single or couple, social or competitive we custom plan your learning based on your personal goals.    This approach ensures that you and your goals are the focus of our team, so that you do not find yourself lost in the shuffle and bustle of a large group.

There is so much more to dance than learning patterns, you will find that dance can and will change your life; the health and social benefits are ever expanding!

What We Offer

At Big Sky DanceSport we offer private lessons, group classes, practice dances, social dances, wedding packages, and a whole lot more.  We specialize in all types of Ballroom and Latin Dances in both American and International as well as Country Western, Swing, Street/Club, and all styles of partnership dancing.  

We host first-class national coaches, showcases, charitable events, special events, plus much more!

We also offer limited retail including dance shoes, dance wear, & accessories.

Why We Are Different

Big Sky DanceSport’s mission is to provide the highest quality learning experience through personalized dance instruction by professionally trained instructors.

Our highly trained professional instructors work together to ensure that our students’ goals are being met and they have the ultimate learning experience.  For example, any group class with ten or more students has both a male and female instructor instructing the class!  We operate as a team, a dance family, our job is to make sure each student is receiving the best from Big Sky DanceSport.  Our students also find that our dance family extends beyond just our staff and students, reaching into the national and world dance community.  We work with many different charitable organizations and are especially proud to be ambassadors for Dance 4 the Cure.

DanceSport has touched the lives of wonderful people across the world bringing commonality and friendship across all divisions.  

Welcome to the world community of DanceSport!

About the Owners

Ryan & Summer Duvall both began their professional dance careers on the Gulf Coast of Florida nearly twenty years ago!  Since then they have owned a few studios in the southern states, coached, & trained other professionals & amateurs, as well as preformed at various dance and charity functions.  

In the Spring of 2017 they chose Bozeman, Montana as their permanent home and opened Big Sky Ballroom June 15, 2017.

Ryan & Summer met early in their careers and very quickly became best friends and dance partners…

Until, one day, years later they realized they were perfect for each other!  They said “I Do” on November 4, 2014 & couldn’t be happier.  They are both passionate about life, outdoors, & DANCE!!!

Whether for physical health issues (i.e. scoliosis, knee/back injuries, etc.) or mental health issues (i.e. PTSD, depression, etc.) DANCE helps strengthen and heal your body and soul!

Dance has forever changed our lives and it is our joy sharing dance with everyone we meet!

Our Team

Years of Combined Experience

Professionally Certified Instructors

Styles of Partnership Dances

Happy Dancing Students

Ryan Duvall

Ryan Duvall

Instructor, Trainer, & Coach

Ryan began his dance career in 1999 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida with a local franchised studio, following his service in the U.S. Air Force and has been a full time professional instructor since.

Ryan is an acclaimed back to back Professional Rhythm & Smooth championship holder.  He has taken students who wish to compete to many amateur competitions over the years with great success and many scholarships won.

Ryan has continued to receive coaching and training in American & International, as well as Country Western styles of dance from coaches coast to coast.  He is knowledgeable on multiple ballroom syllabi including USISTD, DVIDA, NDCA, UCWDC, & more.  One is hard pressed to find a partnership dance that Ryan does not know!  

Salsa is one of his favorite street dances, whereas it depends on his mood and the music which of the American & International dances is his favorite at that moment!  He has a great passion for sharing his love of dance and its many wonderful benefits.

Summer Duvall

Summer Duvall

Instructor, Trainer, & Coach

Summer began her ballroom career in 1997 in Pensacola, Florida with a local franchised studio.  As many female instructors, she also maintained her career in Building Construction and related fields for many years.

In her dance career she focused heavily on the American Rhythm & International Latin for the first half of her career.  Since then she has shifted her focus to the American Smooth & International Standard broadening her strengths as an instructor and competitor.  With the recent popularity of the Country Western  she has also expanded her knowledge of the UCWDC style as well.

Summer has enjoyed preforming at many charity and ballroom events over the years.  For almost a decade she has been full time in the dance industry.

Summer continues to train and receive coaching to stay current and knowledgable to provide the best for her students.

Summer is thankful to be able to conveying her passion for others to be able to enjoy the world of DanceSport and all of its benefits.

Sarah Roderer

Sarah Roderer

Instructor

Sarah Roderer began her dance career in 2018 here in Bozeman, Montana with Big Sky DanceSport!  

Sarah has been passionate about dance for most of her life.  She has been actively involved with the national round dance world with her family from the age of twelve!  

Sarah moved to Bozeman in 2005 earning her degree from Montana State University in Elementary Education in 2009.  She has worked in the hospitality and service industry for over 12 years.

Sarah took on the challenge to become a professional instructor in 2018!  She is excited to help new students build a strong social dance foundation!  With her experience as an educator as well as many years of amateur dance experience,  she understands what it is like to be a student of dance as well as a professional, offering a unique perspective to Big Sky DanceSport’s team.  

Sarah enjoys all types of teaching and takes pride in helping those she works with succeed.

Discover the World of DanceSport...

At Big Sky DanceSport it is our goal to create an environment where you will have a positive and rewarding experience exploring the world of DanceSport.

Whether you are seeking a new hobby, expanding your repertoire, preparing for a special event, or diving into competitive amateur DanceSport, we can help you reach your dancing goals.

DanceSport is more than just learning how two people move together around the dance floor… You will be surprised about all of the health and social benefits of dance!

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Join our Team!

If you are interested in becoming an instructor at Big Sky DanceSport whether in Ballroom & DanceSport, Dance Fitness,  or other posture, movement, wellness style of training.  Contact us to find out about joining our team.  We are looking forward to meeting you.