|Adjudicators and Officials|
|Giacomo Agrello||Adjudicator - Las Vegas, NV|
|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.
|Shawn Fisher||Adjudicator - Idaho|
|Shawn Fisher has coached several collegiate ballroom teams and instructed thousands of college dancers. His teams and dancers have won many competitions including several national titles. He is a lifetime member of and certified with DVIDA. He has served as the USA Dance Vice President of the Youth College Network and as a member of the Governing Council. He is the founder of the U.S. Ballroom Foundation and the editor of the American Dancer magazine. Currently he serves as a national dance director for the National League of Junior Cotillions, and is the director of the ballroom dance program at Brigham Young University-Idaho.|
|Sandra Fortuna||Adjudicator - Haddon Heights, NJ
NDCA+USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
|Sandra Fortuna is a former professional ballet dancer, a certified fitness instructor, holds a BA in Dance from Butler University, Jordan College of Music, many top teacher awards and pro/am tiles, including 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place Top Teacher in US Top Teacher Championship, 1st place Top Female Teacher in NADOA Challenge of Champions. Sandra was former Vice-President of USA Dance Chapter 3012, past Secretary of the USISTD. Sandra was awarded the prestigious NDCA Community Service Award in 2008 for her work in developing, supporting and promoting, Wheelchair DanceSport. She is author of the copyrighted technique manual WheelEaze, written to describe in full the feet, wheel work, and leads for wheelchair dancing. She is an original founding member and Artistic Director of American Dance Wheels Foundation. Her dance students include national 10 dance finalists, national amateur Latin runners-up, winner of Pro-Am A Latin and Pro-Am A Rhythm Championships at USBC, several successful dance school owners, successful professional candidates for USISTD certification, professional dancer on DWTS hit TV show, popular UK dancer and choreographer, and star of West Ends 2009 production of Burn the Floor, Brian Fortuna. Sandra has appeared on TLC production, Dancer with the Tiny Legs, and on Dancing On Wheels.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Quintuple Fellow National Association of Dance Teachers of America
Quintuple Fellow United States Terpsichore Assoc.
Examiner Dance Visions Professional Assoc.
Successful trainer for professional certifications, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
WDSF licensed judge
United States Dance Sport Championships
Ohio Star Ball, America Ballroom Challenge
Canadian Amateur Championships
North American Championships
WDC World Pro-Am Championships
North East Championships
Eastern United States Championships
USA Dance Championships
La Classique Championships
|Lee Fox||Adjudicator - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
|Lee Fox is originally from Georgia but now calls Fort Lauderdale, Florida his home. He is currently the president and examinations chairman of the National Dance Teachers Association of America (NDTA) and serves on the Invigilations Committee and the Championship Criteria Committee of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). He has been teaching Ballroom, Latin, and Disco since 1978, and Country/Western since 1991. A former professional and pro-am ballroom competitor, he has judged many competitions in the United States and abroad including the United States Dance Sport Championships (US|
|Anatoli Gorolevici||Adjudicator - MA
NDCA+USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+
|Originally from Moldova, Anatoli started dancing at the age of 7. He competed in International Latin, International Standard and 10 Dance Championships.
At the age of sixteen, Anatoli moved to Italy where he continued to improve his dancing in
Naples, Milano, and Rimini. In 2002 and 2003, Anatoli won the Italian National Championships in Formation Standard. In 2006, Anatoli moved to Boston, MA where he is currently teaching and competing in Professional International Standard division with his partner Irina
Representatives at World and European Professional Standard Championships.
During their dance career together they won and became finalists at many major competitions.
Anatoli continues to work with some of the greatest coaches in the world to constantly improve his dance knowledge.
|Vladimir Karpov||Adjudicator - Brooklyn NY
USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+
|* WDSF World Latin American Freestyle Champion
* Two times WDSF World Cup Amateur Latin Champion
* European Cup Amateur Latin Champion
* World Dance Sport Games (Latin American Freestyle) Champion
* European Championship Amateur Latin Finalist
* Russian National Champion in the Latin American Freestyle
* Multiple times Winner of the Russian National Championship
* Russian National Champion in the Professional Division Latin
* Runner Up at the World Championship Professional Division Latin
|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.
|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 National Finalist
2008 NDCA Professional American 9-Dance National Finalist
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.
|Inez Sahlin||Adjudicator - Naples FL
USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
|Ms. Sahlin is a Championship Judge and International coach, teaching and coaching independently in United States and Europe.
She is a member and accredited member of WDSF, ISTD, USISTD DTCB and USA Dance.
She is trained and licensed in both the International and American Styles.
Former Amateur Champion and Runner-Up in Standard, 10-Dance, Team and Formation Dance -World Champion Finalist-, in her native country of Czech Republic.
Ms. Sahlin moved to the United States in 1992 and continued her competitive career as a professional there.
She was a Professional Champion or Finalist in many Championships and competitions in the USA and achieved the semifinals at the US Open.
Ms. Sahlin keeps a busy schedule as an adjudicator, judging WDSF and USA Dance Championships and competitions, including World Championships, World Cups, Grand Slams and Continental Championships
|Martin Smith||Adjudicator - Virginia Beach. VA
NDCA+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
|Giacomo Steccaglia||Adjudicator - Rome, Italy|
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
|Phillip Stephens||Adjudicator - Houston, TX
USA Dance+WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
|Phillip is a licensed Adjudicator for USA Dance (A+B+C+D+E+) and holds a B license with WDSF. He has been an Adjudicator for many USA Dance events, including NQEs such as Gumbo of Ballroom, their National Championships and several Collegiate events. He has also adjudicated NDCA events such as United States DanceSport Championships, Ohio Star Ball, Heart of America, Texas Challenge and others.
He has been Invigilator at USA Dance Nationals, Ohio Star Ball and United States Dancesport Championships.
As an examiner for Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and USA Dance, Phillip Stephens provides professionals with academic teaching degrees in dance as well as adjudication certifications for judges.
He holds ISTD Fellowship Degrees for International Ballroom and Latin and USISTD Fellowship Degrees for American Smooth and Rhythm. In addition, he holds Licentiate degrees in USISTD Theatre Arts and ISTD Viennese Waltz.
During his involvement with ISTD / USISTD, Phillip played an active role as a Former Treasurer and Past President of the USISTD. He was also a Member of and Secretary for the USISTD Board of Trustees. In July 2007, Phillip presented a lecture on American Style Dancing at the ISTD Congress in Worthing, England.
Phillip has been dedicated to the advancement of and education in ballroom dance since beginning to teach in 1972. During that time he has owned an independent studio in Houston, TX, for 29 years. He has coached amateur and professional couples and has also organized showcases and competitions. He was organizer of the Ballroom Dance Competition for the 2014 Transplant Games of America. Phillip was the 1989 Eastern United States Rising Star American Smooth Champion and has won or placed in the finals of several competitions, including being Vice Champion in the Open Rhythm division of the Heritage Classic and Heart of America Championships, American Smooth and American Rhythm Finalist at the Ohio Star Ball and American Smooth Champion of the Minnesota Open Championships.
|Irina Trebunskaya||Adjudicator - California
USA Dance - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
|Irina is the co-owner of You Can Dance Studio with her daughter, pro DWTS dancer Anna Trebunskaya and was also her childhood dance instructor. Irina has a rich dance background as a competitor, instructor and manager of dance institutions. She was a Russian professional champion finalist and a U.S. Pro/Am champion.
After a successful tenure as head instructor in Chelyabinsk (a well-known Russian home for world champions), Irina opened and ran a dance studio in New York City. Her heart and passion is reflected in her teaching, instructor selection and teacher/student mentoring. She has gone on to become a certified master of dance in all four styles: International Standard & Latin, American Rhythm & Smooth.
|Yelena Vesnovskiy||Adjudicator -|
|Katrina Volgina||Adjudicator - Georgia
NDCA+USA Dance -
|Katrina Volgina is a professional competitor, coach, and choreographer based out of Georgia and serves as the Southern District Director for the Junior Athletes DanceSport Association (JADA). She was born in 1979 in Vladivostok, Russia and began her dancing at the age of 5 with her coach, Alexandr Volgin. She danced competitively in Russia for 20 years and represented Russia at international competitions including the 1998 Olympic Asian Games. In 2007 she came to United States and started dancing in the Professional Division with Rainer Ricks and as a Pro/Am within the NDCA.
Once her competitive career was completed Katrina decided to share her love of dance and became a dance instructor. As an instructor, Katrina has taught children and adults all over the world, including Korea, China, Macau, and Hong Kong. Once in the United States Katrina opened Volga Dance, one of the most successful competitive dance programs in the Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia area. With her focus on fitness, gymnastics, and dance Katrina has developed some of the area’s best junior, adult, and pro/am students. She is also a regular pro dancer as part of Columbus, Georgia’s Dancing with the Local Stars charitable events. In 2014 she became the organizer for a local amateur comp The Volga Cup, which will be held each year in April to promote amateur DanceSport in Georgia. Outside of ballroom Katrina is a certified Zumba instructor and former competitor on the rxMuscle fitness contest circuit.
|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.
|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.|
|Christine Zona||Adjudicator - New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA
NDCA - 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.
|Mark Barth||Chairman - Rockville Centre, NY
NDCA+USA Dance+WDSF - Chair+ A+ B+ C+ D+ E+
|Marks professional records include: City of Bradford UK Finalist, Eastern U.S. Rising Star Modern Champions, Southeastern States Ballroom Champions, Rising Star United States Championships finalist, Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Modern Championship finalist, etc.
He has performed and given shows at various dance competitions, stage productions and special events throughout the U.S. He has been on national T.V. Channels 7 & 12 in the New York area and also taught for the Cable network on the Latin Channel. He has taught at many venues in the U.S. and England, and have taught and assisted in numerous Professional Congresses for Professionals in the U.S.
Mark holds a Membership N.A.D.T.A in Standard & Latin - Smooth, Rhythm and Theatre Arts, Licenciate I.S.T.D. Standard & Latin, USA Certified Adjudicator International & American Style, Scrutineer, & Chairman, Certified Adjudicator W.D.S.F - JS 3.0 & Chairman
Mark is currently giving lectures, organizing shows, judging throughout the U.S. Mark operates the Silva Dance Studio and is teaching and coaching the Amateurs and Professional Dancers.
|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.”|
|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.|
|Todd Wakefield||Scrutineer -|