Ian started dancing at the age of 12 in his native Germany where he competed in International Standard and Latin. His mentors were Ralf Lepehne, Christa Fenn, and Karl Breuer. After relocating to New York City in 1987 he competed professionally in International 10 Dance and in the Theater Arts Division. Together with Marianne Nicole he represented Germany at the Blackpool Exhibition Championships and then with Maria Klubkova competed extensively in the 10 Dance division. He became 1st runner up top teacher at the USBC for three consecutive years. Having retired in 1998 Ian now travels frequently throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.