Adjudicators and Officials

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. 

Christine Zona Adjudicator - New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA   
     - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
National Adjudicator USADance and NADTA A+B+C+D+E+

-Competed professionally in the International Standard and Latin and the American Ballroom divisions
-North American Rising Star American Ballroom Champion
-Chicago Harvest Moon Ball American Ballroom Champion
-Published, through Human Kinetics, a how to dance book, Gotta Ballroom, which includes the American style ballroom dances.
-Editor of Dance Notes, a magazine dedicated to interviews of World and United States Champions.
-International Standard and American Smooth Coach for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Bill Davies Adjudicator - New York, NY   
    NDCA+USA Dance+WDSF+WDC - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Bill Davies Is currently celebrating more than fifty years as a dance teacher, competitor, DanceSport Coach and World Class Adjudicator. He is one of the founding US professionals of the Teacher Student competitions known as “Pro/Am” which have become the main stay of U.S. competitions in today’s world.

Bill was a member of the first, as well as several other United States teams which represented the United States at the British Ballroom Championships. In 1978 he placed eighth in the World Championships held in Tyoko Japan. He has won and been a finalist in numerous overseas championships. He is a nine time "North American Champion", a three times "United States Champion, runner up in the 1973 "United States American Style Championships," and has been a finalist in many Latin Championships.

He is currently teaching and coaching around the world and loves to social dance.

Patricia Goh Adjudicator - Ont, Canada   
    WDSF - Chair+ A+ B+ C+ D+
CDS & WDSF Chair A+B+C+D+, Formation, Showdance, NCA, Scrutineer
WDSF Chairperson, WDSF PD Adjudicator, WDSF Adjudicator

* President, Canada DanceSport Professional Division
* Serves on WDSF Equality Commission
* WDSF Chairperson and recently chaired the WDSF World U21 Standard Championship and World Cup Ten Dance Championships
* WDSF World Championships Adjudicator regularly represent Canada judging various World championships, Grand Slams and Countries' national championships
* WDSF Showdance and Formation Adjudicator
* National Championship Adjudicator
* National Championship Chairperson regularly chair championships
* Certified to judge International & American styles
* Certified Scrutineer
* Canadian Ontario Adult Standard Champion * Canadian Ontario Adult 10-Dance Champion * North America Professional Rising Star Standard Vice Champion * Canadian and North American Grand Finalist
* Coaches competitive championship dancers and enjoy teaching new talents
* Blue Silver DanceSport Competition Organizer
* Ontario DanceSport Award of Distinction Recipient
* Holds a Masters degree from a business school, a professional accounting designation CPA and advanced certifications in music and ballet

Martin Smith Adjudicator - Virginia Beach. VA   
    USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+
Born in South Africa and moved to USA in 1999
Started teaching in 1982 in South Africa
USA Dance Member since June 12, 2008
Quadruple licentiate/Membership degree USTA American Smooth, American Rhythm,
International Standard, International Latin
Dual licentiate/Membership degree ISTD (UK) & USISTD International Standard & Latin
Dual licentiate/Membership degree NATD (UK) International Standard & Latin
Qualified & Highly Experienced Championship Adjudicator /Judge [ B ] for WDSF [ License # 10097224 ]- 3.0 system, USA Dance and NDCA
[ currently not registered with NDCA as a judge due to their 2016 ruling ].
Also a Professional Surfing Judge
Was USISTD National Committee Officer for 10 years
was USISTD Examinations Director for 3 years
Dance politician in South Africa for RDTA, SADTA, USTA, SANCBD, Joint Council
Dance Director & C.O.O. [ one of 4 partners ] for DancesportVA in Virginia Beach, VA
Prior to that Studio Owner for approx. 30 years. Trained & Experienced in FADS, Arthur Murray & TC Club Methods but spent most of my career as an independent in the International style
Involved in the development of the underprivileged Dancers in South Africa
Undefeated KZN Provincial Pro Standard Champion and 4th in South Africa Pro Standard
Have trained over 20 Amateurs to obtain their professional degrees and most are now top Pros in their respective Countries 

Patricia M Panebianco Adjudicator - So. Farmingdale, NY   
    NDCA+USA Dance+WDC - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
Patti’s 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 Int’l 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 & Yo’Yo Ma’s 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. To contact Patti for further information visit her website:

Amy Block_Hamilton Adjudicator - West Orange, NJ
Amy has enjoyed a successful career as a top competitor and performer in the United States and internationally. Among her achievements are Grand Finalist in all major National Standard Championships and Champion in numerous regional competitions. Amy is a National and World Class Adjudicator, a Member of the ISTD, and holds a Masters Degree in Dance from New York University. Many top professional, amateur, and pro-am dancers credit their training to her. Currently, Amy lives in New Jersey and coaches mainly in the tri-state area. 

Katusha Wilder Adjudicator - New York   
    USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+
Russ (Ruslan) and Katusha Wilder started dancing at the age of 6 & 7 in St. Petersburg, Russia. After their marriage in 2002 they continued their dance career together. Since than they have acquired many various top titles in US and around the world in Dancesport Industry today. Some of the titles include:

2012 US Representatives to the World Professional Standard (Ballroom) Championships

US Representatives to the World Professional 10-Dance Championships

World Professional 10-Dance Championship Finalists

US Professional Rising Star Standard Finalists

Together they have performed shows for such stars as Steve Wynn, Aprille Millo, Nigel Lythgoe and have been features performers for TV networks such as ABC, NBC, FOX, TNT, CNN. 

Yuehwern Yih Adjudicator - 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 vice-champion 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. 

Lev Vesnovskiy Adjudicator - Brooklyn, NY   
    USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+
Lev Vesnovskiy is a Licensed WDSF `A` and USA Dance Adjudicator who has been teaching and training dancers for the past 30 years. His students became Russian Youth Latin National Champions and USA Youth and Under 21 Standard National Champions.
Lev became one of the first certified professionals and the first invigilator in the Asia region of Russia. As an adjudicator, Lev has judged many esteemed National and International competitions.
He started his dancing career in 1978 in Russia and competed in all major European and North American championships as amateur in Standard, Latin and 10-dance and professional in Standard.
Parallel to his dance career he graduated the Novosibirsk State University with Bachelor in Physics and Master in Computer Science.
With his wife and dance partner Lev has founded and led the first in Russia ballroom choreography faculty in Novosibirsk University of Performing Arts and became the first lector and examiner in the region. He has published few books about ballroom dancing including the Russian version of Technique of Latin Dancing approved by Mr. Walter Laird himself.
Since 2001, Lev has been the owner and instructor of Atlantic Ballroom Dance Studio in Brooklyn New York.
Organizer of Metropolitan DanceSport Championship in Brooklyn, NY 

Andrea Zaramella Adjudicator - North Carolina   
    USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+
Andrea is the 2012 United States National Amateur Vice-Champion of International Standard Dancing with his partner Kristie Simmonds. He began dancing in the youth division at the age of nine and became the World Youth Champion. Formerly from Brindisi, Italy, he has made Charlotte, NC his home. He is ranked among the top ten Standard Dancers worldwide. Andrea is fluent in English and Spanish as well as his native Italian. 

Igor Nikon Adjudicator - Ont, Canada   
    WDSF - A+ B+
Igor Nikon is a former Ballroom and Latin American Amateur and Professional dancer. Participant of European and World Championships. He is a Coach and Owner of multiple Dance Studios since 1982. He is currently coach, manager and owner of Dance Mania Studio in Toronto,CANADA in which there are many Canadian Champions that represent Canada in the World Championships.
Igor and Yelena Nikon are the organizers of the Toronto Grand Cup competition.
Igor Nikon is clasified as a National, WDSF and WDSF PD Adjudicator.
WDSF MIN 10083719


Sami Yli-Piipari Chairman - US   
    USA Dance+WDSF - Chair+ A+ B+ C- D-
Sami started ballroom dancing at the age of 10 in his native country, Finland. During his career with his wife Karita, he achieved numerous international and national titles including total 15 Finnish National Championships titles amateur and professional standard, latin, & 10-dance. He is also a former Professional World & European Professional 10-Dance Grand Finalist, United Kingdom & International Professional Rising Star Finalist, and Blackpool Professional Rising Star Semi-Finalist. Representing the US, Sami serves as a WDSF chairman and adjudicator.  

Yang Chen Emcee - New York
Yang Chen has been dancing for more than twenty years and is currently the President of the Greater New York USA Dance Chapter. Yang has extensive experience as a Master of Ceremonies of many ballroom competitions including the Manhattan Amateur Classic, NJ DanceSport Classic, National Qualifying Events in Bethesda, Maryland, Knoxville, Tennessee and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the USA Dance National Championships and numerous collegiate events, including the DC DanceSport Inferno. He lives in New York City, and yes, his first name is pronounced “young.” 

Todd Wakefield Music Director -    
    USA Dance - Scrutineer
Todd Wakefield discovered his love for dance as a freshman at BYU.He met his wife Alison when they were set up as partners. They competed in 10-dance but mostly focused on the Ballroom style, where they were Amateur Championship finalists. They were members of the BYU Ballroom Touring Team for 4 years. Todd graduated from BYU with a degree in Statistics and is a Consumer Insights consultant. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Utah Valley University
Ballroom Dance department. He is also a board member of the non-profit ballroom dance organization Danzinskule, a certified scrutineer for USA Dance, a music director, and co-organizer of a few
competitions.In his 25+ years of dance experience, he has competed at the amateur championship level, directed college and high school teams, coached a US National Champion couple and choreographed routines for all levels of dancers. In the rare event that he has some free time, Todd enjoys just about anything that gets him outside, especially biking, skiing, golf or climbing...and even better if he can get his kids to do it with him. He and Alison have4 children and currently reside in Pleasant Grove, UT. 

Barbara Baran Registrar - Connecticut
Barbara is currently the President of the Greater Hartford, Connecticut USA Dance Chapter, wherein she initiated a college scholarship program focused upon the personal and academic impact of ballroom dancing upon high school students. The program is currently in its eighth year with over $17,000 awarded in college scholarships. She has also developed and helped to pilot a successful school program which integrates the fundamentals of project management within a structured ballroom program using the WDSF syllabus. The program's goal is to prepare the future leaders of USA Dance.

Barbara enjoys studying the International Standard and American Smooth styles. She holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering together with an MBA. She is currently an IT Program Management Consultant for major pharmaceutical and financial services companies. 

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. Professional Rhythm Competitor. 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. 

Sami Yli-Piipari WDSF Chair - US   
    USA Dance+WDSF - Chair+ A+ B+ C- D-
Sami started ballroom dancing at the age of 10 in his native country, Finland. During his career with his wife Karita, he achieved numerous international and national titles including total 15 Finnish National Championships titles amateur and professional standard, latin, & 10-dance. He is also a former Professional World & European Professional 10-Dance Grand Finalist, United Kingdom & International Professional Rising Star Finalist, and Blackpool Professional Rising Star Semi-Finalist. Representing the US, Sami serves as a WDSF chairman and adjudicator.