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A good dance studio makes learning to dance simple and enjoyable. South Coast Dancesport, with nearly 100 years of experience among its instructors, is such a studio.

This exciting and cutting edge studio trains not only a wide variety of students interested in dance at any level, be it social or competitive, but boasts some of the top professionals in the country whose love for dance is matched only by their commitment to their students success. Both Matt Gregory (owner) and his team of teachers at South Coast Dancesport understand that their primary responsibility is to be the voice and the hands (and the feet!) necessary to guide their students to the happiness and fulfillment that dancing so remarkably provides.

Let us introduce you to our friendly and welcoming staff:

Owner / Instructor

Matt Gregory has been teaching social and competitive ballroom and Latin dance for nearly fifteen years. Matt began his teaching career at a Fred Astaire dance school in Colorado Springs, Colorado and quickly discovered his natural abilities as an instructor and motivator. In 2005, seeking the training of top coaches and the community of world class professionals, he moved to Southern California.

Matt Gregory


Ekaterina (Katya) Marshukova is a professional with nearly twenty years of experience in the dance industry. She currently competes worldwide in the International Standard dance division, yet teaches all of the different dance styles. At the age of 18, Katya left her native Russia to pursue a dance career in France. She competed in the Latin category until the age of 19,when she developed a passion for the Standard category and began competing. While in France, Katya attended Sorbonne University. From there, she began competing in the United States.

Katya Marshukova


Philip began his ballroom training and even started competing at twelve years old. By the age of 17, he had become the United States Pro/Am Junior Latin Champion. At 18, he became the United States Standard Pro/Am Adult Champion. In the Amateur ranks he was a finalist in all major national competitions. Later, as a professional, Philip was ranked in the top 24 in the United States. Most notable to Philip are the following competitions: the Holiday Dance Classic (he was the Professional Rising Star Latin champion) and the Ohio Star Ball (a Professional Rising Star Latin finalist). Also of note, as a Pro/Am teacher, Philip was ranked third in the United States as Top Teacher in 2007.

Philip Gott


Alex Matar began his dancing career in San Diego, California.  He has been trained by internationally recognized instructors for the past 15 years (Ray Rivers, Heather Smith, Ron Montez and Mary Murphy, to name a few). Throughout this time he has attended—and competed in--numerous professional competitions, including the United States Dacesport Championships, the Hawaii Star Ball, the Emerald Ball and the Millenium Dancesport Championships.

Alex Matar


Chris was born and raised in Fresno, California. His primary interests, as an adolescent, were sports. He trained (and excelled) in football, soccer, baseball and track. These activities provided Chris the athleticism and coordination necessary to continue into the artistic arena of dance. He captured the attention of a Fred Astaire representative during a school dance, who convinced him to audition for a teacher training program. Passing with flying colors, he continued on to teach and compete with his students in American Smooth and Rhythm. At the same time, he attended college and earned his degree in Psychology, making the decision to become a full-time independent Ballroom professional after graduation.


Office Manager

Nadine grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration. In 1976 she moved to Orange County. There she began working for Saddleback Hospital as a dietary buyer and worked at this position until her second son was born. At that point, Nadine chose to be home with her two boys and have the privilege of caring for her family full time. In the late 90�s, a part-time job was offered to her in a prominent urologist office where she worked for the next 14 years.


Executive Assistant

Sarah started her dancing with ballet when she was four years old. When she was fifteen, she joined her first Ballroom dance class, and quickly fell in love. From the makeup and costumes at competitions to the social dance floor, Sarah enjoys every aspect of dancing. She loves every type of ballroom dance: her favorites being Cha-Cha, Waltz, and Tango. Sarah looks forward to pursuing dance and is very excited to be learning about the dance world at South Coast Dancesport. She feels so blessed to be a part of this amazing studio and loves every minute.

Sarah Spellman

Daytime Receptionist

Heather Maddigan is the charming and cheerful voice that you hear when you call South Coast Dancesport in the mornings and early afternoons. As a stay-at-home mother of two, Heather is an active member of her community, serving as PTA president and a school volunteer for the last six years. Heather was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, but has lived in California for the last 9 years.

Heather Maddigan

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