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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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Joseph Lettig
     Instructor

As a young athlete in sports and gymnastics, Joseph found dance to be another challenge he wanted in life. Beginning at the age of 6, he began his studies  in Hip-Hop, gymnastics, martial arts and salsa. His passion for Ballroom has led him to compete professionally in styles such as American Rhythm, West Coast Swing and currently Division I Country. A university of Arizona student in Business and Marketing, he has currently put his degree on hold to pursue a career in what he loves most, now with his beautiful wife. Joseph began teaching in high schools as well as elementary schools which later led to teaching ballroom and hip-hop in Denver, Tucson and California. A So You Think You Can Dance Contestant, he hopes to one day go back and claim a spot in the finals. His passions involve outdoor activities and sharing his love of dance with others.


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Nikolle Lettig
     Instructor

Nikolle is a professional dance instructor who has been teaching since the age of 18. Nikolle specializes in Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Country. She currently competes nationwide with her husband and professional dance partner Joseph Lettig in Division I UCWDC Country. Nikolle started dancing at the age of 4 where she fell in love with the lyrical and contemporary dance styles, also being apart of a traveling ballet company. Her unique and intricate background gives a twist on choreography when it comes to ballroom. Gracing the floor with her many talents; she also is an advocate for children dancing and believes in them starting to learn the art of movement early on in life.

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Alex Lee
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Leanne Pham
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Hanna Weiss
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Claire Chang
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