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About Us

Sway Dance 

Sway Dance Chicago has been bringing learners of all levels to the dance floor since it was first established by Teresa Swanson in 2010. People of all ages, backgrounds, and dance histories have made Sway their go-to for achieving whatever their dance goals may be. At Sway Dance, we pride ourselves in providing casual but quality instruction to keep our sessions relaxed, fun, and productive!  Sway will help you bring the love of movement into your life in whatever way works best for you and your learning style. If you want to meet and dance with new people in a laid back environment, Sway offers group classes. If you prefer one-on-one instruction, Sway offers private lessons where you can choose both your schedule and what you'd like to learn.

Every student at Sway Dance has a different goal in mind when they walk through the front door. Some are preparing for their wedding dance, some for an island vacation, some are getting ready to hit the stage, some just want to turn one of their left feet into a right foot. Whatever your goal may be, Sway instructors are ready to design a plan just for you.

Instructor Teresa Latin Ballroom Salsa Swing Tango

Meet Teresa

Teresa Swanson is the founder, head teacher, and lead choreographer of Sway Dance Chicago, a ballroom and latin dance studio offering group classes and private lessons for adults of all levels.  Rooted in Teresa's joy in movement of all kinds, Sway Dance offers classes that are fun and low pressure, giving students an opportunity to let go of their hectic lives for a few hours and fall in love with dancing. 

The classes at Sway Dance run the gamut from ballroom, latin, and swing partner dances at all levels to personalized choreography in any style to group performance classes with and without partners, but each class or private lesson is imbued with the same enthusiasm for movement that brought Teresa to dance in the first place.

Instructor Sophia Latin Ballroom Salsa Swing Tango

Meet Sophia - Rehearsal Director

Sophia is a native Chicagoan. Her love for dance started in 3rd grade when she learned Salsa at her friends birthday parties.  In high school she was a Varsity cheerleader at Gordon Tech where she helped choreograph routines.  It wasn't until 2006 that she decided to try out other Latin and Ballroom dances. From then on she was hooked. Performing in many show dance routines as well assistance with choreography.  Sophia has also successfully competed in formation competitions.

Sophia keeps her passion for dance alive at Sway Dance by performing and choreographing for Sway performance groups.  

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Meet Dakota

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Meet Alex

Originally from Racine, Wisconsin Alex studied dance at Carthage College. She has choreographed numerous showcases including “Points of Departure,” “Away From the Mirror,” as well as student productions of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” With experience in ballet, jazz, tap, salsa, and bachata she hopes to continue to grow and develop as a dancer and a teacher. Outside of dance Alex has been in Specialty Coffee for 8 years as well as studies languages speaking Spanish, French and Nahuatl. Alex is incredibly excited to join to Sway Dance Chicago faculty and grateful to continue dancing.

Instructor Matt Latin Ballroom Salsa Swing Tango

Meet Matt

Matt studied at Iowa State University where he recieved his BA in Performing Arts with minors in design and dance. He performs regularly with the Stuntmen, a sketch and improv action comedy team. Matt has been teaching for Sway for 6 years while spending his days as a freelance photographer specializing in head shots and real estate.