Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in a neighborhood called Orange Mound. Growing up the only dancer in the area, Myles described his friends and family as his greatest inspiration and motivation during this time. In 2009, Myles moved to Los Angeles, CA with his cousin and close friend Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, and since then has become one of the premier interpreters of the style of dance known as memphis jookin’, often in partnership with Riley. Since 2009, Myles has appeared as a featured dancer in the 2011 film Footloose; starred in several commercials including a Diet Pepsi segment alongside Sofia Vergara, and a spot for Adidas Originals; appeared in a TED Talk; and headlined evenings at the Vail International Dance Festival, where he also worked with children from the Celebrate the Beat program, the Colorado affiliate of the National Dance Institute which offers hundreds of students in the Vail Valley intensive music and dance classes in a week-long summer residency.
Ron Myles performs at the 2012 Vail International Dance Festival. Photo by Erin Baiano.