Adjudicators and Officials

  
Dean Abraham Adjudicator - Bradenton, FL   
    USA Dance - A+ B+
Dean is originally from England.
Represented Denmark at all Major International Competitions Worldwide.
Founder, Former Director and Coach at Dance Options training center in London which is recognized as one of the World's leading competitive dance studios.
Competitors liaison officer at the Blackpool Dance Festival 2003-09.
Has been recognized by the American Guild of Musical Artists for his exceptional ability in the field of Ballroom Dance.
 

Inna Brayer Adjudicator - NY   
    NDCA+USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Inna Brayer, a native of Moscow Russia, is the 3 time United States National Ten Dance Champion and a National Certified Adjudicator holding fellowship level accreditation from the N.A.D.T.A. As an ambassador and World Team Member representing the United States she has been ranked as high as ninth in the world, competing in six World Championships. Inna participated as a dancer on Season 7 of ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and was partnered with actor Ted McGinley. In 2008 Inna represented USA Dance, Inc. when she was featured on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” discussing the upcoming National Championships and the benefits of ballroom dancing. She also served as the choreographer for the Rutgers University Ballroom Dance Team performance on Season 9 of “Dancing with the Stars.” As a coach her students have achieved high placements in many national and international competitions including winning Junior Latin National Championships. Off the dance floor she is actively involved with USA Dance as a DanceSport Delegate, member of the Governing Council, and DanceSport Council. Outside of dance she holds a B.A. in English and Education from the Hunter College Quest School of Education. 

Daniel Calloway Adjudicator - Bethesda, MD   
    NDCA+USA Dance+WDSF+WDC - Chair+ A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
* WDSF World Championship, Grand Slam and World Cup Adjudicator
* WDSF Chairman of Judges
* WDSF A Adjudicator
* WDSF PD (Professional Division) Adjudicator
* Chairman of Judges: North American and United States Championships
* Professional of the Year and Top Teacher

Dan has been competing professionally, coaching and judging for over 40 years. In 1985 Dan was the youngest dual fellow in the world with highly commended fellowships in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the London-based society, which embodies the worlds acknowledged leaders of the dance profession. Dan is also the DanceSport coach for the competitive DanceSport teams at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, as well as serving as guest coach at numerous other universities, congresses, and dance camps, including moderating the professional discussion panels at key events in the United States. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature.

 

Hannah Cole Adjudicator -
 

Wayne Crowder Adjudicator - Eden, NC   
    USA Dance+WDSF - Chair+ A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Wayne Crowder F.I.S.T.D Wayne is a five time USA Dance Amateur Champion in Latin and a 3-time USA representative to the WDSF World Latin Championships. Wayne has won numerous Regional Standard and Latin Championship titles and was a Standard finalist in the USA DanceSport National Championships.
Wayne is a WDSF Examiner, WDSF Adjudicator, WDSF Professional Division Adjudicator, USA Dance National Certified Adjudicator and a Fellow Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (the ISTD).
Wayne served two terms as the President of the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. He currently serves on the Dancesport Council of USA Dance as Chair of Certifications as well as the WDSF Adviser to the President of USA.
Wayne has judged WDSF Grand Slams, World Cups, World Championships, Continental Championships as well as Open events. To see a complete list, go to www.worlddancesport.org under the Officials tab.  

Melissa Dexter Adjudicator - Carlsbad, CA
World finalist

European Finalist

Blackpool Finalist

VIce World Latin American Showdance Champion

United States Latin American Champion

Italian Latin American Champion

Italian Latin American Showdance Champion

Choreographer for television, film and stage

International Finalist 

Dana Edwards Adjudicator - Hilliard, OH   
    USA Dance - Chair+ A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Dana A. Edwards

Dana is a Licentiate member and hold my American certifications in Ballroom, Rhythm and Theatre Arts with the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Licentiate degrees in International Ballroom and Latin with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She is a USA Dance adjudicator and collegiate chairman of the judges.
Dana is also the Director of Social media and will be serving on the USISTD National committee. She is retired as a American and Canadian American professional American Smooth and Rhythm Champion. She has 24 years of teaching experience. She worked for Fred Astaire Dance studios for 9 years have also owned her own dance studio called Invitation To Dance in Columbus, Ohio since 2001.
Dana was the head coach for the competitive and formation teams for the Ohio State University DanceSport team from 2009 to 2012.
 

Trevor Luff Adjudicator - Huntington Beach CA   
    USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Examiner USISTD Standard and Latin, Examiner WDSF Standard & Latin, Examiner USA Dancesport International & American Styles, Examiner NDCA Standard & Latin.

Adjudicator for USA Dancesport,NDCA,and collegiate competitions, Chairman of Invigilators for USA Dancesport competitions,and Chairman of judges for collegiate competitions.

WDSF A Certified and Certified with Standard, Latin, Judging System 2.1.

Triple Licentiate degrees through the USISTD: American Smooth, rhythm, & Theatre arts.
Dual Fellowship degrees I.S.T.D. International Standard & Latin.

Travelled throughout most of Asia teaching in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and just lately Vietnam.
Taught for over 25 years; organizing Medal tests, local Competitions and Dance parties. 

Patti Panebianco Adjudicator - New York   
    NDCA+USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Pattis dynamic energy & charisma has allowed her to become a sought after adjudicator & invigilator for numerous NDCA & USA Dance competitions as well as being the former treasurer & national committee member for the US Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She is the recipient of numerous championship titles in both Intl Latin & American Rhythm styles. She has choreographed & performed in various stage, TV & movie productions, throughout the world including A Tribute to Gershwin, Wallflowering, Marconi Brothers, All my Children & YoYo Mas Soul of the Tango.
Working with children brings joy to her soul; she is a former Teaching Artist & Educational Liason with Dancing Classrooms Long Island. And has recently volunteered her time judging The Colors of the Rainbow Team Match for DCLI.
She holds licentiate certifications in all styles of dance and is a popular trainer for professionals & amateurs for their national certifications with the U.S.I.S.T.D
For the Past 17 years she has been the founder & owner of NY Dancesport Centre on Long Island where she currently resides with her husband Anthony and her two rescue cats Dolly & Puca. She enjoys touring the country coaching, adjudicating & sharing her joy & knowledge of Ballroom dance.
Patti is a passionate fundraiser encompassing such causes as Ballroom Barks! & Roll Call Wheel Chair Dance
 

Ross Pearce Adjudicator - Arizona   
    NDCA+USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Ross learned to love music from a young age. Starting on the piano at the age of 5, singing and performing through jr. high and high school and finally leading the marching band his senior year while sitting first chair alto saxophone. In college he was finally able to take that love of music and start learning modern dance. Soon after, while taking many styles of dance, he fell in love with ballroom and took every class he could fit into his schedule.

Ross is a former 2001 USABDA Amateur American 9-Dance Finalist, 2008 NDCA Professional American 9-Dance Finalist and 2011 UCWDC Couples Open Showcase World Champion. Ross has trained students all over the United States in all 4 styles of Ballroom, Theater Arts and Country.

When not teaching dance, Ross is a Licensed Master Massage Practitioner, Certified Yoga Trainer, and a Reiki Master Teacher. 

Maja Serve Adjudicator - Oro Valley, AZ   
    USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Five times Danish Professional Standard Champion and Finalist in All Major Championships including World, European, International and UK Championships, British Open, German Open, US Open, Japan Open and Dutch Open.
High level coach to more than 10 US Champions, 4 World Youth Champions, Coach to the Current World Professional Champions and many other World Finalists. She is Certified Fellow in all styles of dance and has judged many championships throughout the world. IDTA Certified and WDDSC World Class Judge. She is the pioneer of `the Body School System` of dancing in the US. She has taught dancing (all styles), golf and tennis to world class athletes using the Body School System since 1988.
She got certified as a life coach with Bob Proctor in 1998. She is a Lifecoach, motivational speaker and mental coach to corporations, athletes and individuals.
She is the owner of Queen Of Organics which includes 100% toxic free and organic products. To back up her passions for green living she created Concept Village which displays samples building of green, natural and sustainable building methods. She started a contracting company this year to support Concept Village. 

Susan Silva Adjudicator - West Palm Beach, FL   
    NDCA+USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
*National Championship Certified Adjudicator in all styles of Ballroom Dance plus the Performing Arts
*Former Professional United States Theatrical, Exhibition/Cabaret, and American Style Champion
*Ohio Star Ball Exhibition Champion
*Blackpool Invitational Exhibition Bronze Medalist
*Adagio team of Hamilton & Silva toured USA in hotels/nightclubs
*Broadway, Television, and Film Performer
*Toured with the Beatles in the opening dance act in 1965
*Author of a Theatrical Ballroom Syllabus
*Coach, Choreographer, Dance Consultant, & Lecturer
*Vice President of NDTA
*Personal Life Coach, and Ordained Minister 

Giacomo Steccaglia Adjudicator - Rome, Italy
World finalist

European Finalist

Blackpool Finalist

VIce World Latin American Showdance Champion

United States Latin American Champion

Italian Latin American Champion

Italian Latin American Showdance Champion

Choreographer for television, film and stage

International Finalist 

Yuehwern Yih Chairman - Indiana   
    USA Dance+WDSF - Chair+ A+ B+ C+ D+
Chair of Judges - World Dancesport Federation (WDSF) and USA Dance.
Certified Adjudicator - World Dancesport Federation (WDSF)
Championship Certified Adjudicator by North American Dancesport Teachers Association (NADTA) and USA Dance
Certified Scrutineer by National Dance Council of America (NDCA), recognized by USA Dance

In addition to judging and chairing, Yuehwern and her partner, Daniel, spend most of their time being the head coaches of the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team. Yuehwern founded this college team in 1995 and it has been highly ranked in the USA Dance collegiate national events. In 2010, the Team was invited to compete on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars on Fox, and placed second in collegiate formation team competition at the finale.
Yuehwern was runners-up in USA Dance National Dancesport Championships and later finalists in professional events in a span of 15 years. Throughout her dancing career, she is passionate about learning; teaching, and helping students find their pathways to success on and off the dance floor. Over 20 years, the competition team she works with is an incubator of many Dancesport competitors, professionals, and lifelong dancers. Each year Yuehwern is also the key person to organize the Purdue Ballroom Classic, which attracts more than 400 collegiate competitors from 20+ universities in the Midwest area for the last two decades.
Yuehwern studied ballet and performed with the Lafayette Ballet Company before learning ballroom dance. Besides dancing, she completed her B.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, specializing in smart operations and system engineering. She is currently a Full Professor in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, the Academic Director of LASER PULSE (Long-term Assistance and Services for Research, Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine) Consortium, and the Associate Director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. 

Daniel Dilley Scrutineer - Indiana   
    USA Dance+WDSF - Scrutineer A+ B+ C+ D+
National Judge, USA Dance registered; Certified by the North American Dancesport Teachers Association (NADTA) and World Dancesport Federation (WDSF); Certified Scrutineer (by NDCA) with extensive experience, and enough equipment to run O2CM wireless judging for 30+ judges. Cincinnati Ballroom Classic Rising Star Champion; Volunteer State Rising Star Champion; Finalists in many US competitions; Daniel is the head coach of the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team, which has about 125 members each semester, requiring competitive coaching in all levels from Newcomer to Champ. Daniel also co-organizes the annual Purdue Ballroom Classic Competition, which attracts more than 400 collegiate ballroom dance competitors each year in the Midwest.