Chairman of Judges

Cathi Nyemchek
Cathi Nyemchek, NY
Chairman of Judges, World Class Adjudicator and Scrutineer with the National Dance Council of America, USA Dance & the World Dance Council . Former United States Junior and Amateur, American & International Style Champion. Former
United States Professional International 10-Dance Champion. Represented the United States in many World Championships. Founding Member & Performer of the American Ballroom Company which performed world wide. Owner of Nyemchek's Ballroom and Performing Arts Centre, Pearl River, N.Y. Co-Organizer of The Yankee Classic & New England & World Masters DanceSport Championships which are held every June in Boston.


Adjudicators

Ron Bennett
Ron Bennett, MD
Blackpool semi-finalist, Rising Star Professional Latin
US Professional Latin Vice Champion
US Representative to Two World Professional Latin Championships
Eastern US Professional Latin Champion
Member of the US Olympic Ice Dance coaching staff
Appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show
Performed for the Vice-President of the US, Fritz Mondale
ISTD Licentiate in Latin and Standard, Highly Commended
Coach and Adjudicator in both Latin and Standard


Sandra Fortuna
Sandra Fortuna, NJ
Sandra Fortuna is a former professional ballet dancer, a certified fitness instructor, and holds a BA in Dance from Butler University, Jordan College of Music, and many top teacher awards and pro-am championship titles, including 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place Top Teacher in US Top Teacher Championship, 1st place Top Female Teacher in NADOA Challenge of Champions. She's former Vice-President of USADance Chapter 3012, past Secretary of the USISTD.
Source: universalballroomcenter.com


Rita Gekhman Algarra
Rita Gekhman-Algarra, NJ

"Back in the US, we continued practicing and studying with Katusha Deminova and Jonathon Wilkins. Hard work started to pay off in 2002 when we became first couple to win US national open and close rising star Championships the same year. We started making rising star finals in England shortly after that..."

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Bruce Hasson
Bruce Hasson, NC
Former Open smooth and Rhythm Finalist
Certified Adjudicator Certified Scrutineer
Competition Organizer
Coaching of all levels of students and staff
Choreographer, showcases, exhibitions, etc.
Organizational skills for teachers, competitions, showcases, presentations training for staff certifications and professional exams.

Judi Hatton
Judi Hatton, FL
Honors Fellow - Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing
First Vice President National Dance Council of America
Former President United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
Championship certified Chairman of Judges and adjudicator Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm, Theatre Arts
World Dance Council ‘World Class’ Judge'
World Championship Judge
International Dance Sport Federation - Certified Judge
US Representative to World Professional Championships
Former undefeated North American Professional Standard Champion,
Former Eastern United States and Imperial Professional Latin Champion
Source: ndca.org


Colin Hilary
Colin Hillary, FL
Over the past 50 years, Colin’s accomplishments with his wife and partner, Joy, have included:
- Former Australasian and South Pacific Amateur Latin Champions
- Australian Imperial Professional Latin Champions
- Australia’s Representatives to the World’s Professional Latin Championship, 1970
- Cruise Director and Dance Team for ten years on some of the world’s leading cruise lines including Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

For the past 27 years, he has co-organized the Heritage Classic DanceSport Championships, one of the premier championships in the United States. Additionally, Colin is President of the American Dancesport Organization, which, for the past 17 years, has organized the “Blackpool Project” President of the Pan American Dance Teachers Association Member and Delegate of the National Dance Council of America Licentiate of the Imperial Society, England and World Class Adjudicator Executive Producer of the DanceSport Challenge Television series Publisher of DanceSport Magazine.

Paul Huston
Paul Huston, MD

Kristiina Ilo
Kristina Ilo, IN
NDCA + ISTD - A++ B++ C++ D++ E++

Former 2 times undefeated all Soviet Union Ten- Dance Champion
World 10-Dance Finalist
United States International Standard Finalist.
Imperial and North American Standard and Latin Finalist.
3-times United States Top Couple of the Year
World Class Adjudicator, Championship certified in all styles
Represented U.S. as a judge on World Professional Latin ShowDance Championships in Italy.
Trainer and coach of World and United States Champions
Owner of Starlite Ballroom and DanceSchool, Indianapolis
Owner and Organizer of the Indianapolis Open DanceSport
Competition in April 2015, Westin Hotel, Downtown Indianapolis

John Nyemchek
John Nyemchek, NY
World Class Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America , USA Dance & the World Dance Council. Fellow & Examiner of the N.A.D.T.A. Co-author of the Hustle Technique Book and Bronze Hustle Video Tape. Certified Wheel Chair Instructor. Dance Director for Roll Call Wheel Chair Dance. Former United States Junior and Amateur, American & International Style Champion. Former United States International 10-Dance Champion. Represented the United States at many World Championships. Founding member & Performer of the American Ballroom Company which performed world wide. Owner of Nyemchek's Ballroom and Performing Arts Centre, Pearl River, N.Y. Co-Organizer of The Yankee Classic & New England & World Masters DanceSport Championships which are held every June in Boston.

Lydia Petrigova
Lydia Petrigova, VA
Lydia is a top professional ballroom dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer in Ballroom, Latin, Ballet Character, and Jazz styles, from St. Petersburg, Russia. Her extraordinary rise in ballroom dance in Russia, extensive dance experience, and exceptional talent as a coach has brought her recognition not only in Russia, but also in the United States.
In Russia and later in the U.S., Lydia worked with companies to develop a new and exciting ballroom training and instruction program especially for youth and children. Lydia established the very first children's program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has enjoyed enormous success. This was followed by the launch of a new program here in the Washington, DC area in June of 2003.
Lydia was trained by and has worked with a variety of world famous coaches and choreographers. Her competitive dance record and expertise as the Artistic Director for the children's dance schools Altair (St. Petersburg, Russia ) and InterDance (the United States ), place her in the top echelons of ballroom dance.
Source: dcdancesportacademy.com


Tatyana Rubin
Tatyana Rubin, MD
Tatyana is a professional ballroom dancer who started her dance career in 1970 and competed in many international competitions in her home country, Russia, and also in Europe and the United States. She has been teaching dancing since 1976.
In 1979 Tatyana turned professional after reaching the top amateur position in her home country. During her professional career she represented Russia in various international competitions held all over the world with very successful results. In 1983, she opened her own dance studio and worked with a large number of social and competitive dancers.
Source: ballroomdancemd.com


Nick Short
Nick Short, MD
Nick Short is a prominent American-Style coach, much in demand for his creative choreography and excellent teaching methods.  He is co-owner of Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center and co-organizer of the Black and White Ball.  His professional qualifications include: member of the NDCA, NDATA, USA Dance, and a US National Adjudicator.  His dancing career is marked by winning both the American-Style Smooth and Rhythm Professional Championships, US Pro-Am Championship titles in American Smooth, Rhythm, and Theatrical, a Command Performance at the palace for the King and Queen in Thailand, and awarded the prestigious Feather Award for outstanding achievement.  Nick remains deeply committed to American-Style dancing through his passion for the art of dance.

Rozana Sweeney
Rozana Sweeney, PA
Director/Owner of Art & Style Dance Studio – Pittsburgh, PA
Former German National Ballroom Champion
Former US Latin Rising Stars and Open Championship finalist
National Judge for the USA
Championship certified NADTA Judges
WDC recognized judge
Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists for Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University Ballroom Dance Club Coach
Organizers for the THREEDIAMONDDANCESPORT and co-organizers for the STEEL CITY CLASSIC DANCESPORT Amateur/College competition

Rozana Sweeney
Terry Sweeney, PA
Director/Owner of Art & Style Dance Studio – Pittsburgh, PA
Former US Rising Stars Rhythm Champion
Former US Latin Rising Stars and Open Championship finalist
National Judges for the USA
Championship certified NADTA Judge
WDC recognized judge
Nationally recognized Dancing Classrooms Senior Teaching Artist
Master of Ceremonies for DanceSport competitions
Organizers for the THREEDIAMONDDANCESPORT and co-organizers for the STEEL CITY CLASSIC DANCESPORT Amateur/College competition


Master Of Ceremonies

Timothy Mason
Timothy Mason, FL
Originally from England, Timothy represented the USA in major World competitions for 9 years with his wife, Michele and won the prestigious PBS Championship Ballroom Dancing (Ohio Star Ball) in 1997 in the Standard/Ballroom. Winners of most US titles and US Team Match representatives at Blackpool. Owner of Easidance Ballroom in Tampa and Fellow of DVIDA. World Class Adjudicator and Examiner of DVIDA.


Scrutineer

Mark Tabor, TX


Music Director

Peter Collins
Dr. Peter Collins, NY
Peter Collins is an accomplished Music Director working at events throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas since 1982. He and his partner, Amy Cousins, are former undefeated US National Amateur Champions and US representatives to the World Amateur Championships. Since 1999, he has taught ballroom dancing and competed professionally with his partner and with Pro-Am students. He coached the University of Virginia Ballroom Dance Club which he organized in 2001, and founded and operated the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Englewood, NJ from 1999 to 2003.


Registrar

Amanda Ashcraft, NY


Deck Captain

Myra Coffield, MD


Ballroom Coordinator and Awards

Marianne Hallahan, VA


Graphic Design

Laura Alina Alexandru, VA


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