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Meet Our Staff


Matthew Brown
      Instructor / Owner


Matt is a California native, and has been an Orange County resident since 2005. Having been in the business for over 10 years, Matt has had extensive experience in the ballroom industry. He has worn many 'shoes' including being an instructor, a competitor, a choreographer, a manager and now a studio owner! Matt brings energy and laughter wherever he goes, making his daily mission to create a fun-filled environment. He ensures that dancing is easy and enjoyable for anyone who walks through the door. Matt took Lisa to be his wife in May 2012, and the two have embarked on their life journey together, creating their vision that is now SWAY!

Matt@SwayBallroomDance.com
 
 
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Lisa Cristiani Brown
      Instructor / Owner

Lisa was born in London, raised in Hong Kong and went to College in Boston. Lisa was a competitive rhythmic gymnast from the age of 7 to 14, participating in the Junior Olympics and representing Hong Kong on the national team. As she got older, her interests expanded to ballroom. She started her training with world class instructors, focusing on the international Latin and Standard styles. When she came to the US she learned the American styles, Rhythm and Smooth, dominating the amateur ranks in both divisions. She did this while going to school for Biology, Exercise Sports Science and Pre-Medicine. Although she originally had plans in the medical field, those plans changed as she realized her love for dancing offered a more fulfilling career path. Lisa has had extensive success competing in the Professional divisions for both Rhythm and Smooth, most recently earning the title of "National Professional Rising Star Smooth Finalist" in 2011. Lisa considers herself incredibly fortunate to be able to share her passion for dance with her students and through the development of SWAY! In her newest adventure, Lisa has found great love and joy in being a new mother to her most precious baby girl, Audrey. 

Lisa@SwayBallroomDance.com
 
 
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Aleksy Ryazanov
     Instructor


Aleksy is originally from Poltava, Ukraine, where he began dancing at the age of 8. He studied dance at, Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, where he majored in acting, dance, and choreography. Aleksy was a part of the National Formation Team in the Ukraine that took 1st place between 2006 and 2008. In 2009 he made the top 20 on the TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance, Ukraine". After having much success he then opened his own dance studio in Ukraine call "We Art." Aleksy loves dance and loves teaching others to love dance. His goal is to inspire and motivate others to open their hidden talents using his own professional skills, creativity and enthusiasm. 
 
 
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Kyle Spinder
     Instructor

Kyle's journey in ballroom dance began when he enrolled in a preteen ballroom program in Utah. He won several US titles as a preteen, junior and youth in International Ballroom, American Rhythm and Smooth. Kyle speaks fluent Russian having spent 2 years in Russia serving as an LDS missionary. Kyle attended Brigham Young University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Facilities and Property Management with minors in both Business and Ballroom Dance. While students at BYU, Kyle and Allie taught classes at the University for 3 years in Social and Country Dance and International Ballroom. Kyle and Allie are US Amateur 10-dance finalists, US Amateur Standard semifinalists, 2 time US Amateur Smooth Champions, Professional Rising Star American Smooth Vice Champions, 2-time World Professional Semi-Finalists, as well as United States Professional American Smooth Semi-Finalists. In May of 2015, Kyle and Allie will represent the US in Blackpool, England at the British Championships for the first ever International American Smooth Exhibition. Kyle is a licentiate member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. He is passionate about improving his own dancing as well as helping others learn and reach their dance potential.

 
 
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Allie Spinder
     Instructor


Allie fell in love with dance at a young age as she began her early training in ballet, tap and jazz. At age 10, her study and her love for ballroom dance began to grow. Allie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Dance Education with minors in Health Education and Ballroom Dance. Allie and her husband are former members of the world renowned BYU Ballroom Dance Company placing 1st at the British Formation Championships in Blackpool, England. Allie has a love for people with special needs so while at BYU, she developed a ballroom program for this special population which continues today. Allie and Kyle began dancing together in 2007 and were married in December of 2010. They enjoyed much success as amateurs, becoming 2-time United States American Smooth champions. Currently, Kyle and Allie are blessed with continued success in the professional field as competitors, performers, and teachers. Their passion and dedication for learning allows them to continue to grow in skill and ability in their field. In 2014, Kyle and Allie were placed amongst the top competitors in both the US and World Professional Semi-Finals. In May of 2015, Kyle and Allie will represent the US in Blackpool England at the British Championships for the first ever International American Smooth Exhibition. Allie is a licentiate member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Allie's skill as well as her genuine love of people and dance makes her a wonderful teacher. 
 
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Olivia Wesolowski
     Instructor

Olivia Wesolowski was born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey. She found a passion for dance at the early age of 3. Olivia participated in Richard's School of Dance as a child and competed with her International 10 dance partner. Olivia also used her dance skills to light up the stage at beauty pageants. Other childhood interests included snowboarding, roller hockey, field hockey, modeling, ballet, gymnastics, and hip hop. At 17 she set out on her own to pursue her professional latin dancing career in Charlotte, North Carolina. While living in Charlotte, she continued her dance education majoring in dance. In 2012, she moved up in the ranks placing first in various Professional Rising Star competitions such as Millennium Dancesport and the Paul Killick Klassic. Currently she is dancing with her partner Oleg and competes Professional International Latin all over the nation. Olivia has been teaching all styles of dance for seven years and enjoys sharing her passion and energy with all her students.  
 
 
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 Katie Shaw
     Office Manager

Katie grew up dancing ballet, jazz and lyrical starting at the age of 3. She just recently took up ballroom dancing and found out, like many classically trained dancers, how different partner dancing can be. It's one thing to keep your own balance, but the team work of lead and follow brings a whole new challenge to dancing that Katie feels is helping her grow as a dancer. Many of you probably know Katie as the first friendly face you see at Sway, and she enjoys meeting and getting to know each student as they grow in their dance journey. On a  personal note… Katie recently (finally) got engaged to the love of her life, and they plan on having their fairytale wedding at the end of this year.

 
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Christine Caley
     Receptionist


Christine was born and raised in South Orange County. She grew up with a passion for dancing and playing sports. After playing four years of golf and graduating from high school, she was hoping to get back into dancing. May 2011, she took her first Jazzercise class and was hooked. It combined her love of dancing with exercise, what could be better! In February 2012, she was certified as a Jazzercise Instructor. She attends Saddleback College as a Psychology major. She could not be more excited to be working at Sway Ballroom Dance!