Joseph Lettig

Instructor


From age six, Joseph started exploring all kinds of athletic skills including baseball, gymnastics, martial arts, salsa and hip-hop. He developed his dance skills and competed in American Rhythm, West Coast Swing and currently Division I Country. This University of Arizona student in Business & Marketing has put his degree on hold to pursue his dance passion. A former So You Think You Can Dance contestant, Joseph now dances with his beautiful wife Nikolle!  

Katie Franco

Receptionist


Katie has been with Sway since the beginning and we adore her. Her pastimes include binge watching TV shows and sipping apple martinis. Her killer smile and fun personality make everyone feel welcome!

Nikolle Lettig

Instructor


This kick-butt girl used to be an amateur boxer! Today she competes nationwide with her handsome husband and professional dance partner, Joseph, in Division I UCWDC Country. Since age 4, Nikolle has danced everything from ballet, lyrical, ballroom, latin, swing and country. Her unique mixed dance background puts a refreshing twist on her style and choreography on the dance floor.​ 

Matthew Brown

Instructor / Owner


​His mom never knew where it would all lead when she signed Matt up for a Mexican folk dancing class in 5th grade. This California native has been in the business for over 10 years. He has worn many 'shoes' including being an instructor, a competitor, a choreographer, a manager and now a studio owner! We respect that it’s not easy to be the guy who takes initiative and builds something new. He works to synthesize what he has learned from his diverse experiences to build a studio that delivers an amazing experience every time. Matt comes from a big, loving family that knows how to take care of each other and put each other first. Not only is he growing his own family as he welcomes his third adorable baby to the world, but we feel that he brings this same warmth of spirit to his family here at Sway.

Matt@SwayBallroomDance.com

Lisa Cristiani Brown

Instructor / Owner


This globetrotter was introduced to ballroom dancing while living in Hong Kong. Apparently seeing samba after dim sum inspired this well trained gymnast to try it out. Lisa worked with world class coaches and was rocking triple turns while still in middle school. Learning overseas meant that Lisa knew ballroom was cool before ballroom was cool. When Dancing with the Stars hit the screens in the US, Lisa was already dominating the amateur ranks in American Rhythm and Smooth. She was awarded "National Professional Rising Star Smooth Finalist" in 2011. Aside from that, this smarty-pants attended Smith college studying biology and sports medicine. Her brains, her kindness and her dance talents come together as she builds her vision for Sway. Today, her heart is growing three more sizes as she welcomes her third baby to the world. Great job mama!

Lisa@SwayBallroomDance.com

About Us

Allie Spinder

Instructor

​Current United States & World Open Professional Smooth Finalist


We’ve been told that Allie got in trouble as a kid for egging a house, but quite honestly we don’t believe it. This gorgeous, gracious homecoming queen is the model of loveliness. After dancing as a kid, Allie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Dance Education. She was a member of the world renowned BYU Ballroom Dance Company. Her team nailed first place at the British Formation Championships in Blackpool. While attending BYU, Allie developed a dance program for people with special needs which continues today. In 2010, Allie married a perfect gentleman and expert dancer, Kyle Spinder. Together they are 9-dance Finalists, 2-time World Professional Smooth Finalists, as well as current United States Open Professional Smooth Finalists. That's a big deal!  In 2015, Allie and Kyle introduced American Smooth, our national flavor of Ballroom dancing, to the world at the championship in Blackpool, England. Sway is so fortunate to have this world class dancer right here with us.

Inspiration
Dancing inspires our creativity. Sway professionals help you develop your creative voice, your sense of passion, your love of glamour, or grit or funk. Give yourself permission to express yourself physically and emotionally in a way you can’t in your daily life.

Connection
​In a world full of social media, dancing with a partner is a real-world, hands-on way to genuinely connect with the people around us. Real human connections bring real human joy. We’d love for you to come share a smile with us!

Whole Body Health
Ballroom dancing today is athletic. We believe the best kind of workout is a fun one, and dancing is great because you’re focused on your moves, not your muscles. Physical intensity naturally develops as you progress in your dancing skill so you’ll always get just what your body is ready for.​

​Why we love dance

Rebeca Silva

Receptionist


We are flattered that a person as warm as Rebeca has decided to join our team! This lifetime Girl Scout has brought her great people skills to Sway. Her joie de vivre is reflected in her  favorite movie, Amélie. 

Leanne Pham

Receptionist/Social Media Director 


Born in Montana, Leanne brings personality that we love! She manages to be totally responsible and on top of business and at the same time she’s absolutely fun and engaging. We love having her here! 

Kyle Spinder

Instructor
Current United States & World Open Professional Smooth Finalist


Kyle's ballroom dance journey began when he enrolled in a preteen ballroom program in Utah. He was a winner from the start and kept moving forward. He must have been dashing even then, because we hear Allie developed a crush on him when he was only 12! Luckily Kyle is a smart guy and he recognized what a gem Allie is and they danced, dated and were married in 2010. They have won many dance titles together. Ready for it? 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, 9-dance Finalists, 2-time World Professional Finalists, as well as United States Professional American Smooth Finalists. Can we just say they’re really good? This BYU grad has been with Sway from the beginning and has helped shape who we are today

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Hanna Weiss

Receptionist

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It’s not even fair that her parents are two of the best looking, most awesome dancers in town. This teenage sweetheart grew up in a home full of dance and probably danced her first cha cha at about the same time she learned to walk. We can’t wait to see what Hanna brings to the world of dance!

Alexey Ryazanov

Instructor


We’re so glad Alexey’s dad rushed out to find his two year old son who got lost one morning sledding in the Urkaine! At eight, Alexey danced for the first time and then took it to the next level in school. At Kyiv National University he majored in acting, dance, and choreography. Alexey was a part of a National Formation Team that took 1st place! Then he lit up the TV on the show "So You Think You Can Dance, Ukraine”. Alexey’s success led to him opening his own studio in the Ukraine. If you know about dance, you know that Ukrainians are some of the best Ballroom dancers in the world. We are so lucky he’s sharing his skills here with us!

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Matt and Lisa always dreamed of their own dance studio. After ten years working at various different ballroom studios, each with unique strengths and challenges, Matt and Lisa took the plunge to put their own fresh personal stamp on ballroom dancing.

From the beginning, their mission was about delivering the fun, infectiously happy, positive experiences they knew could be reached through dance. With uplifting personal experience as the primary focus and a solid technical dance background to support it, Matt and Lisa set about creating Sway in 2012.  Since then, they have never let their people-minded vision slip out of focus. They tap into their own fun personalities to connect with students, staff and the local community. When you support Sway, you are supporting a local family business with an earnest vision to bring the positive energy of dance in to our lives and community.

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"The instructors are not only fun and friendly, but they are experienced, knowledgeable, and so talented."

-Marilyn J.