Chicago Dance Factory

Staff & Instructors

Dance Director
Brian Wong

Kat Warner

Devyn Leigh Manschot

Rachel Bonarek




“It has always been about community and bringing dancers together.”


Brian Wong’s own dance background is diverse with training in Jazz, Theater, Country, Ballroom, and Swing.  Originally, he came to love performance in doing 27 amateur and semi-pro musicals and plays. 


In 1997, Universal Studios selected him as a dancer for the 10th anniversary celebration of Dirty Dancing where he hung out Patrick Swayze and the rest of the dirty dancing crew.  In 1998, Paramount Pictures used him as a dancer in a VH1 special for the 20th anniversary of Grease which was filmed at the Mann’s Chinese Theater and then at the Palladium in Hollywood.  


As an instructor, Brian has coached dancers around the country, along with judging and teaching workshops and dance competitions and events.  He is a popular and well know teacher from Birmingham to Chicago and travels regularly to teach dance seminars and workshops.  Brian has also taught American style Ballroom at Fred Astaire Dance Studios which is an experience that he treasures deeply. 


Brian has developed a very effective teaching method called, "Dance Rhythms" in which students learn the heart beat of a dance before applying it to any basic patterns.  Using this methodology, someone who has never danced before can learn to do any dance within 60 seconds.


Competitively, Brian Wong holds several titles including 2001 Mid US Advanced Swing Champion, a 2004 UCWDC Pro-Am World’s Championship, and is a 3 time winner of the UCWDC World Championship's Professional Two Step Jack and Jill. Brian currently competes with his PRO-AM students and his professional partner, Melissa Culbertson in UCWDC, Swing and Ballroom events around the country.


Most  recently, Brian has been called upon as a Master of Ceremonies at different dance events such as Melody Salsa & Swing in Huntsville, Christmas in Dixie in Birmingham, Alabama and the Sunshine State Dance Festival, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. and Indy Dance Xplosion.


In 2010,  Brian Wong was commissioned to be the lead choreographer the hit Nintendo WII game, "Country Dance!" 

To book a lesson with Brian Wong, email: or call 630-410-1010.