Dance Instructors

” We LOVE to dance and take every opportunity to share our passion! We would love nothing more than to TEACH YOU how to dance too! “

Christina

Professional ballroom and Latin dance instructors in Memphis area.

Christina Harris began her ballroom dance career in college at the University of New Mexico, where she was a part of various performance and competition teams. She also trained in ballet and jazz, performing in ballet company productions and jazz entertainment teams. She spent time as well working for the Walt Disney World Entertainment Company as a character and parade performer. To this day, she continues her ballet and multidisciplinary dance training, seeing it as an important lifelong practice.

Her work as a ballroom professional began at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then continued at an independent studio, where she gained knowledge in the DVIDA Ballroom Dance Syllabus.

Now working and living in Memphis, TN, Christina continues her ballroom and multidisciplinary dance training. She loves to teach and perform and has a passion for sharing the gift and joy of dance with all of her students! Christina also believes that learning to dance is possible for everyone and can enrich each life it touches!

Brandon

Ballroom dance studio teachers and instructors

Brandon has been performing, teaching, choreographing and competing in multiple styles of dance for over 14 years. He is thrilled to join Blue Suede Ballroom Dance Studio as an instructor!

For the first several years, he was teaching lessons at the local Fred Astaire dance studio in Memphis, TN, where he was certified to teach silver level students. After that, he never stopped dancing and has been exploring and improving his dancing and teaching skills. For the past few years, Brandon developed a passion for Salsa and Bachata.

Brandon loves teaching students of all levels and welcomes all backgrounds! His specialty is choreographing for events and shows (such as wedding parties, theatrical performances, etc.).

Brandon believes that dance is more than just movement…it is joy, fun, connection, discovery and community! Come join him and discover your dance!

Andriy

Ballroom dance teacher and instructor

Andriy is the founder and owner of Blue Suede Ballroom. Andriy began dancing at the age of 10 in Kiev, Ukraine. He started out taking ballroom, jazz and ballet, but later focused primarily on ballroom as it became his passion. Andriy went on to compete professionally both in Ukraine and internationally. He placed in the finals of numerous prestigious competitions. Andriy has also been invited and performed on a variety of TV and stage shows and charity events. In addition, he worked as a choreographer and a ballroom dance coach teaching adults and children. Many of his students chose dance as a career path and were very successful in ballroom dance competitions both on the national and international levels. In 1999, Andriy moved to the United States to further pursue his dance career. After teaching ballroom dance in Upper Montclair, NJ, he accepted an invitation to join a national chain dance studio in Memphis, TN where he taught from 2000 to 2006. During these six years of employment, Andriy received wide recognition among both his students and colleagues having won numerous professional awards such as a Top Teacher Award (regional and national) and others. Currently, Andriy runs Blue Suede Ballroom on a daily basis, teaches advanced level group classes and private lessons. He also worked at University of Memphis and created a special ballroom program for them. Andriy is striving to make Blue Suede Ballroom the strongest ballroom dance school in the Mid-South and to popularize ballroom dancing in Memphis area.

KayLeigh

Ballroom dance instructor and teacher

KayLeigh Richardson Berenzy was born and raised in Olive Branch and has been ballroom dancing since she was nine years old. At sixteen, she began competing and winning titles around the Southeast Region. She began teaching at Blue Suede Ballroom in 2012 and after graduating college in 2014 she is happy to be back at the studio. “See you on the dance floor!”

Rost

Professional ballroom and Latin dance instructor in Memphis area.

Rost began dancing in Ukraine as a child. After years of dancing Rost started working with students and assisting teachers with creating choreography where he found his passion for teaching. Rost officially joining the Blue Suede Ballroom staff in 2018. Rost has since enjoyed the possibility to teach the highest quality of dance available across the Mid-South, and continues to strive on perfecting dance, and teaching with a form of enthusiasm enjoyed by all.

Rost demonstrates a great love and understanding of the teaching process. He also enjoys working with wedding couples and choreographing first dances that are memorable, unique and befitting of each couple’s dynamic and personality. When asked why he chose to teach ballroom Rost remarked that it felt as natural to him as breathing.

We are so fortunate to have at Blue Suede Ballroom dance studio such wonderful, passionate, enthusiastic and very experienced dance teachers.