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Alexey Ryazanov


Alexey started his dance journey at the young age of eight, and it was such a passion that he studied at the Kyiv National University majoring in acting, dance, and choreography. Originally from the Ukraine, Alexey was a part of a National Formation Team that took 1st place while he was a part of it, then he lit up the TV on the show "So You Think You Can Dance, Ukraine.”  Alexey is always kind and patient with his students.  The all adore how thoughtful he is, and how much he cares about helping them improve their own dancing.  Alexey is a “dancer dancer.” He feels the music deep in his soul, and let’s the music move him.  He also has a great sense of humor, and while he is quiet, he is also one of the funniest guys you will ever

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Alex Boiko


Alex is originally from Ukraine, and moved to the United States in 2018 to pursue his dance career.  He began dancing as a young child, and it has been a part of his life ever since.  Winner of the Ukrainian National competition in the Latin division Alex has had the opportunity to take his passion for sharing dance around the world.  He worked on multiple cruise lines entertaining with performances, and teaching the passengers on the ships.  Being a renaissance man of sorts Alex is also gymnast focusing on tumbling, as well as being a phenomenal singer, even appearing on The Voice Ukraine.  Alex’s student love his patience, and how clear he can explain even the most complicated aspects of dancing.

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!

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

-Marilyn J.

Matthew Brown

Instructor / Owner

Matt’s dancing started at a young age in a not so traditional way. His mom never knew where it would all lead when she signed him up for Folklorico (Mexican folk dancing) class in 5th grade. This California native has been in the business for over 15 years, and he has worn many 'shoes' including being an instructor, a competitor, a choreographer, a manager, and now the big cheese himself – OWNER!  Matt works to synthesize what he has learned from his diverse experiences to build a studio that delivers an amazing experience every time.  He comes from a big, loving family that knows how to take care of each other and put each other first.  While Matt is “Mr. Business” at the studio, deep down, he’s a giant goof ball, who loves hanging out and playing with his four kids.

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.

​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.​

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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