Country, ballroom, swing, line & wedding dance instructors


Liza Marians, DJ & Lead Dance Instructor

Liza Marians was born into dance.  Her father was a passionate folk dancer who dragged his children to all of his dance classes from the time they were babies.  With a rich upbringing of music and dance, Liza's first job after college was a DJ with Black Tie DJ Service in San Diego.  Although she enjoyed it, something was missing.  She wanted to move!  So she became a Ballroom and wedding dance Instructor at Mac Vitties Dance Studio.  She learned how to be a patient and positive instructor.  She discovered her gift for teaching wedding dance lessons and choreographing as well as helping beginners learn to dance for fun.  Years later, Liza was asked to be a country DJ and lead line dancing at a country western hoedown.  This began the blend of providing DJ service with dancing.  Liza's favorite dances include Zydeco, Waltz, Swing, Country Two-Step, Nightclub Two-Step, Cha Cha, and freestyle hip hop.  She will always have a place in her heart for Israeli and Greek folk dancing, though.  Liza has been teaching dance for 19 years and has been a DJ for 6 years.  Liza teaches in North Park and Kearny Mesa.


Caree Smail, Wedding & Line Dance Instructor

Caree Smail was trained by Liza to be a wedding dance instructor at our Kearny Mesa dance studio.  She started teaching at Dance With Liza in 2016.  She has a rich background in ballet, jazz, modern, yoga, and hip hop, however she loves the elegance of ballroom dancing.  Caree loves helping wedding couples create the wedding dance of their dreams.  She also assists with line dancing at DJ gigs all over San Diego.