Murisa Harba

received her BFA in                                  Theatre Studies from

Boston University's                                  College of Fine Arts                                  with a minor in

ballroom dance and                                  has performed and

As a dancer, Amy Lawrence has captivated audiences with her sophistication and class on the dance floor.

As a teacher, Amy has 

helped countless students with their dancing goals

including wedding dance

Murisa Harba



toured in shows such as Sweet Charity, Amadeus, The Rivals and ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' Roadtrip.  Murisa studied with Tony Meredith and Melanie LePatin at Dance Times Square NYC and went on to compete in International Latin and American Smooth Ballroom around the U.S. and Europe for five years snagging amateur champion titles along the way until landing in Los Angeles in 2008, where she currently teaches. She had the opportunity to help with the opening of Balliamos, the first same sex ballroom dance studio, located in the heart of West Hollywood, where she taught privates, classes, choreographed wedding couples and brought students to competitions. Murisa also choreographed music videos for artists such as Derek James, Billy Bob Earl and most recently, Grammy nominated artist, globally acclaimed DJ Paul van Dyk. She starred opposite So You Think You Can Dance season 5 winner Jeanine Mason in Understudy, while also choreographing and performing on Disney's I'm in the Band, Korda's Beautifully Esther, and the Kroll Show on Comedy Central.  Later this year, Murisa will collaborate with Then What Films Productions starring in new feature Upstairs, written and directed by Alison Mason. Murisa performs regularly in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs with E-plus Productions, The Vintage Belles, The Diamond Bettys and other private event companies. Murisa just launched her own acting studio called ABOUT THE WORK, a safe place for actors to hone their craft and continues to teach at the SAG Conservatory.

Brian lee


and is now a national and international swing dance champion.  He has performed with The Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, choreographed the musical Zoot Suit Riot at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts and was a featured dancer in the film "Chef" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Sofia Vergara, among many other great professional achievements. Brian loves sharing his passion for dance. With over 15 years of teaching experience he makes learning fun, easy and exciting! Brian teaches all styles including the latin dances such as salsa, cha cha and merengue as well as the ballroom dances waltz, tango and foxtrot. He especially enjoys choreographing wedding dances. Whether it's social dancing, competition, performance, or learning your first dance, Brian will make you look great on the dance floor!

Amy Lawrence



​instruction, social dancing skills, and 
competitive ballroom training. She holds teaching qualifications in all American styles of ballroom dance and has competed professionally in American and International styles. Amy trained in ballroom dance at the famous Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boston. Amy was also a member of the prestigious MIT Ballroom Dance Team from 2004-2006 where she competed extensively in the collegiate ballroom circuit. With the team, she had the opportunity to study with top professionals such as Armin Kappacher, Larinda McRaven, Russell Monk, Istvan Cserven, and Mark Sheldon. With her dance partner, Amy quickly climbed the ladder of the collegiate ballroom circuit placing in the finals in all categories of International Ballroom and Latin styles. Amy was a featured dancer in the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade featuring dancers from Dancing with the Stars! It wasn't long before Amy caught the eye of instructors from the Fred Astaire Studio, first in Boston and then New York, where she taught for several years. She now teaches exclusively in her hometown of Los Angeles. Amy has been involved as a dancer in a number of films, including the short film "Understudy" starring Jeannine Mason, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance! Amy's most recent appearances have been in the musical Zoot Suit Riot at the California Theater of the Performing Arts and at the Aspen Music Festival. Amy continues to share her love of ballroom dance to dancers of all ages through her teaching in the heart of Los Angeles.

Our Teachers

With more than 20 years of experience in ballroom dance, Amy Lawrence Ballroom Dance provides professional instruction to our students. Our team of instructors are motivated by their love of dance and the passion to transfer their knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.

Brian Lee has 
competed and
performed all
over the world
as a professional
dancer. He 
started out 
dancing swing
Amy Lawrence Ballroom Dance
Social . Wedding . Competition