Meet the Pros
Crystal Chang started dancing at age 5. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Crystal was classically trained in ballet, but her love of dance eventually led her to expand her knowledge, learn new styles and ultimately pursue dance as a career. Crystal launched her instructing career with a worldwide franchise in the D.C. area. Within her first year, Crystal made her company’s list of “Top 20 Teachers,” and by her second year, she was promoted to supervisor. After that, Crystal took the opportunity to move to Greenville and continue teaching with her company. In December 2012, Crystal opened Studio C. A couple years later, Crystal added 4-Time NDCA Rising Star Professional American Rhythm Finalist to her list of accomplishments. Currently, Crystal continues sharing her passion for dance with novice and advanced dancers through private sessions and group classes in the Upstate.
Asangwua Ikein is a DVIDA certified instructor and owner of Ballroom Alchemy. He has trained social and competitive dancers since 2010. His specialty is developing impeccable technique, graceful movements, and presence. Students enjoy lessons with Asangwua because he is consistent and patient. He meets students where they are and challenges them to build upon a strong foundation. In 2013, Asangwua and his partner won first runner-up at the Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars event. In 2015, he and his partner won 1st place at the Oxygen Ball.
Ciara Ikein is an instructor and owner of Ballroom Alchemy. She began partnership dancing in 2011, then began teaching in 2012. Her specialty is music and choreographing fun routines to match. She enjoys introducing students to partnership dance and helping them learn to connect with another person. Ciara and her husband, Asangwua, showcase and compete throughout the Upstate and surrounding areas.
Lindley Mayer has danced for 23 years and more than anything her passion is to entertain and perform. She moved to Los Angeles, CA after high school where she resided for six years. She can be seen on projects such as; GLEE, The Oscars with Host Seth MacFarlane, Bunheads on ABC Family, Americas Got Talent, Victorious and performing for Lady Antebellum for the American Country Music Awards and more. She most recently worked on a campaign with Kay Jewelers to represent Jane Seymour’s Open Heart Collection. She can also be seen on Hunger Games in the role of Kaysa Minox, as well as The Walking Dead, short film entitled “Sangria Lift” and a pilot television series that was filmed in the Upstate as well as in California entitled “Morningside”. She is experienced in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. She has appeared in commercials for NASCAR, Wii (Just Dance), Camp Rock Promo and The Big Help with iCarly. One of her favorite experiences was performing at Christina Aguilera’s home for her son’s 2nd birthday.
Lindley has trained professionally and worked for choreographers such as: Brian Friedman, Zach Woodlee, Mia Michaels, Marguerite Derricks and more. She has done choreography for many National Champion competition teams, college teams, studio teams as well as pageant soloists. She is the choreographer and lead dancer for a KCET Television show called “Shushybye”. She also performs the role of Magic Carpet in Disneyland’s “Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular.” She is currently the spokesperson for Benson Nissan and lead model for clothing company, Marley Lilly.
She was Miss South Carolina Teen 2005 and along with finishing 1st runner up to Miss South Carolina in 2013 she won overall talent for 2 consecutive years and now works on staff as the Prince/Princess Director and the Children’s Miracle Network Assistant! You can read and see more about Lindley’s professional career as well as her non-profit organization at www.LindleyMayer.com!
This will be Lindley’s 5th year as a part of our pro team. She and her partners have taken home the Dance Champion trophy two times in 2014 and in 2017. She and her partner placed 2nd in 2016.