Dance Instructors - Dance Louisville

Dance Louisville

Louisville’s Most Highly Skilled & Fun Dance Instructors

Brian Barakauskas

Brian Barakauskas (Owner, Instructor, Professional Competitor, Judge, Coach)


Years ago, Brian took his first dance steps right here in Louisville. He has now been dancing professionally for almost 18 years. Through competitive ballroom, country & swing dancing, he has danced in over 22 countries around the world as a competitor, performer, judge and teacher.

His journey has come full circle. In 2005 his dream of a fantastic studio in Louisville came true. “I’m completely committed to making Dance Louisville the best studio in the city for you – the new dancer.” Read Brian’s story in the Voice Tribune

Awards and Recognition:
  • 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010 UCWDC Superstar World Champion.
  • 1999 & 2003 UCWDC Renegade World Champion.
  • 2005 3-time Grand Champion UCWDC Division 1.
  • World Championships Division 1 – 6th place in 2004, 5th place in 2005.
  • 2003 Star Award Winner ‘Favorite Dancer’.
  • 2005 Star Award winner ‘Favorite Teacher’.
  • 2007 Japan’s Favorite Country Dance instructor.
  • 2011 3-time Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Finalist.
  • 2012 6-time Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Finalist.
  • UCWDC Certified Judge.
  • WSDC Swing Judge
  • Performed on television on the BBC in England.
  • Guest Instructor on Lifetime TV and ABC.
  • Instructor on the soap network series “Southern Bells Louisville”.

Megan Anderson

Megan Anderson (Instructor, Professional Competitor)


Growing up with a mother who was a professional dancer, Megan was destined to be a dancer. She started ballroom dancing in 2004 and has been with Dance Louisville since we opened. With a background in competitive ice skating and ballet, Megan has had an impressive amateur competitive dance career traveling all over the United States competing with great success in all four styles of Ballroom & Latin as well as Country, Bachata, Line Dance and West Coast Swing. Megan began her professional career with a bang by winning the 2015 UCWDC ProPro Female World Championship!

USA Dance Ballroom Nationals:
  • 2010 Amateur Adult Silver Rhythm – 5th Place
  • 2011 Amateur Adult Gold Rhythm – 4th Place
  • 2010 & 2011 UCWDC World Pro-Am Female Open Intermediate – 4th Place Overall
  • 2012 UCWDC World Pro-Am Female Open Intermediate – 3rd Place Overall
  • 2013 & 2014 UCWDC World Pro-Am Female Open Advanced – 3rd Place Overall
  • 2015 UCWDC World Pro-Pro Female Open- World Champion
  • 2016 UCWDC World Pro-Pro Female Open – 2nd place
Collegiate Ballroom Nationals:
  • 2011 Silver Smooth – 4th Place
  • 2011 Silver Rhythm – 2nd Place
  • 2011 Silver Latin – 4th Place
Pro-Am Swing Advanced Routine Division:
  • 2013 Grand Nationals Atlanta – 3rd Place
  • 2013 Michigan Classic – 2nd Place
  • 2013 Orlando Dance Festival – 1st Place

Ben Howard (Instructor, Amateur Competitor)

Ben Howard began as a student of dance Louisville. He quickly began serious training as a competitive dancer and has had great success as an amateur competitor. He spent several years successfully competing in the UCWDC and WSDC circuit. Ben has been able to quickly transition his passion for dance into to his teaching.  His degree from the University of Louisville in Psychology has helped him become a fantastic communicator to his students. You will see Ben in the studio almost everyday teaching lessons and helping our students!


Awards and Recognition:
  • 2015 Derby City Swing Pro Am routine – 1st place
  • 2016 Derby City Swing Pro Am routine – 1st place
  • 2016 Derby City Swing Pro Am Strictly -1st place
  • 2016 UCWDC world championships ProAm Novice – 6th place
  • 2015 Indy Dance Ex Pro Am novice – 2nd place
  • 2015 Dallas Dance Pro Am Novice – 2nd place
  • 2014 Swing City Chicago Rising Star – 8th place

Kelli Romanchuk

Kelli Romanchuk (Instructor)


Kelli began her career as a ballroom dance instructor and choreographer in Lexington, KY. She studied theater at the University of Kentucky while teaching and training at the Franklin Cottrell Dance Center. She continued her career as an instructor & choreographer in Los Angeles, where she specialized in teaching beginners and choreographing wedding dances in Culver City.

She is excited to be back in Kentucky and to be a part of Dance Louisville where she can share her love for dance in her home state.

Awards and Recognition:
  • 2008 Music City Swing – 2nd Place Novice Hustle.
  • 2008 Music City Swing – 5th Place Pro-Am West Coast Swing

Emily Larsen

Emily Larsen (Instructor, Professional Competitor)


Emily Larsen was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She was introduced to Ballet at age three and continued adding on various dance genres over the years such as Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin.

She had always wanted to learn how to partner dance, and quickly caught the bug after joining a ballroom dance studio in Austin about 5 years ago. She had a competitive partner for 3 years in which they placed first in numerous local and national competitions and placed second at the UCWDC Worlds Competition in January of 2013.

In 2014, Emily joined the Dance Louisville staff and has quickly become a big part of the studio. Emily has a special gift, as she always makes students feel welcome; she is a big part of what makes this studio such a happy, warm environment. We’re lucky to have her!

Awards and Recognition:
  • 2016 UCWDC Adult Advanced Classic Line- 3rd place
  • 2015 UCWDC Adult Advanced Classic Line -3rd place
  • 2014 US Open Swing Team Division – 1st Place
  • 2013 UCWDC Worlds Division 1 – 2nd Place Overall
  • 2014 UCWDC Worlds Female Pro/Pro – 4th Place Overall
  • 2013 Show Me Showdown Advanced Jack & Jill – 1st Place

JoAnn Lewis

JoAnn Lewis (Studio Manager)


JoAnn is most famous in the studio for being Brian’s mom. She started working at Dance Louisville in 2012 and has continued to be a great asset to the studio. JoAnn is in charge student scheduling, studio rental and other important functions that allow the the dancers to dance and the studio to run smoothly!

There is a good chance that JoAnn is the first person you will talk to on the phone and the first smiling face you will see as you walk in for group class. She works hard at being very helpful in getting new students started. JoAnn is one our ‘secret weapons’ in making people feel comfortable when they first begin dancing!