Matthew Payne

Position: Professional Dance Instructor

Place of Birth: Las Cruces NM

Favorite Food: Chicken Enchiladas and Pizza Favorite Music: Classic Rock and County Favorite Dance: West Coast Swing and Waltz

Competition Style: All Styles, Smooth, Rhythm, Cabaret,

What I Love Most About Teaching: When a student has been working on something and it finally clicks!

Who I Admire Most and Why: My father, the best man I ever knew.

One Thing Most People Do Not Know About Me: Born with an extra thumb.

Biography: I did not start in dance. I was in the military for 10 years. I was injured whiled deployed and used dance as my therapy. Dance became a passion of mine in college. Starting on a collegiate team, I Dance for 5 years till I got my bachelor’s degree. Then joined Fred Astaire Brookfield for 4 years. I Love dance and its testament to what dance can do for someone’s life.