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Didio BarreraFeatured Editor DanceBeat Magazine
Featured Editor DanceBeat Magazine.
Keith ToddFeatured Editor DanceBeat Magazine.
Featured Editor DanceBeat Magazine.
Mayo AlanenProfessional Ballroom Dancer, Instructor & Choreographer
World and U.S. Professional Smooth Vice Champion.
Rita AlgarraOwner of Champions Dancesport Center, judge and coach
With Garry Gekhman she had a successful competitove career in Professional Ballroom and Classic Showdance.
Pierre Allaire12 Times Undefeated Canadian Professional
Canadian and North American Professional Modern and Latin Champions Open British Professional «Rising Star» Latin Champions.
Barbara AmbrozeOrganizer of Cuban Experience Education Program
Teaches the principles of dance technique, dance education, holistic dance training, characterization, music-movement relationships and partnering.
Amy AndersonProfessional dancer and teacher
Amy & Scott ran a successful Fred Astaire franchise for several years & now teach independently all over the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Scott AndersonProfessional dancer and teacher
Amy & Scott ran a successful Fred Astaire franchise for several years & now teach independently all over the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Tomas AtkoceviciousUS National Professional Standard Finalist
US National Professional Standard Finalist, Lithuanian Professional ST Champion, Co-owner of Dance Vita Ballroom , Organizer of Pacific Grand Ball.
Corky Ballas10 Times US Champion
10 Times US Champion; 3 Times World Champion; 2 Times Open British Blackpool Champion (most prestigious title in the World); 2 Times International Star and UK Champion
Loraine BarryWorld Professional Ballroom Champion
British Professional Ballroom Champion. European Professional Ballroom Champion.
Inna BrayerCoach of the current U.S. Preteen
Inna has participated in competitive ballroom dancing since the age of eight and has held the title of U.S. National Ten Dance Champion multiple times.
Bonita BrockertFormer of United States Vice Champion in American Smooth
United States Bronze Medalist in American Rhythm.
Joshua BrownlieDual International Style Licentiate
Coach and co-director of Philadelphia/South Jerseys largest Junior DanceSport program at Universal Ballroom Dance Center, Inc. in Collingswood, NJ.
Margaret BurnsFormer World and British Exhibition Champion
Former British Rising Star Latin Champion, United States Ten-Dance Champion, World Class Adjudicator and Coach.
Dan CallowayCoaching and judging for almost 40 years.
DanceSport coach for the competitive DanceSport teams at Georgetown University.
Jason & Sveta DalyWorld and European representatives in Int Latin and 10 Dance Championships
Jason & Sveta have been US National Finalists, World Finalists at the Ohio Star ball, California Open Champs, San Francisco Open Champs and more...
Nathan DanielsNathan Daniels is the Dance Director for Liscio Dance LLC
Board member of Beyond Ballroom Dance Company. Nathan holds a B.A. In Sociology and Economics from Duke University.
Melissa DexterFormer US Professional Latin Champion and World finalist
With her husband Giocomo Steccaglia she was many times the Italian Professional Latin Champion.
Alan DixonOwner and director of Vivo Dancesport Center
Sucessful amateur competitor. Upon moving to the USA he turned professional and danced with Debbie Avalos.
Viktoriya DrubetskayaTwo-time World Mambo Champion and U.S. National Professional Rhythm Finalist
US Rising Star Latin Champion and UK Rising Star Latin Finalist.
Donna EdelsteinFormer champion in the professional smooth and ballroom divisions
Donna has performed with the Beyond Ballroom Dance Company, the Strauss Symphony of America.
Nadia EftedalFormer Open British (Blackpool) Professional Latin Champion
Former Open US Professional Latin Champion.
Olga ForoponovaThree times undefeated US National Professional Smooth Champion.
Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Jennifer FosterrNational Judge, 3-Time US Professional Theatre Arts Champion
World, British, and US Cabaret Finalist; US Professional Rhythm finalist; and the organizer of the Carolina Ballroom Challenge.
Keith GardenhireDanceBeat writer
Keith Gardenhire official DanceBeat writer.
Urs GeisenhainerEuropean and World Amateur 10 dance finalist
British Open (Blackpool) Professional Standard Semifinalist Appearances on DWTS National & World Class Judge
Tina GerovaFour times Bulgarian National Latin CHampions.
Tina Gerova, with her partner Plamien Danailov, live and work in Manhattan, New York.
Tommye GiacchinoFormer World and British Open Exhibition Champion
Tommye is a Certified Championship Adjudicator currently coaching and judging and consulting in studios across the U.S.
Giampiero GiannicoFormer US Professional Ballroom Finalist and representative to the World Championships
Co-organizer of the Empire Dancesport Championships in New York City and an owner of the Starlight Dance Center in New Jersey.
Cecilia Giovacchini US Professional Latin finalist.
Originally from Florence, Italy and with her husband, Daniele Gozzi.
Daniele GozziUS National Professional Latin finalist.
Daniele is originally from Udine, Italy.
Elena GrinenkoWorld Champion American Rhythm
Member of Nomination Committee for The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame.
Jukka HaapaleinenWon most of the world's professional Latin titles including the Open British (Blackpool).
Jukka began dancing at age 5 in his native Finland. He teamed up with Sirpa Suutari with 1989
Albina A HabrleFormer US National Professional Rhythm Finalist and Fred Astaire National Champion
Owner of the Fred Astaire Studio in Brookfield, WI
David HamiltonNashville Starz Ballroom Dance Championships owner
3 times US Champion.
Stephen HannahProfessional Career Finalist British Professional Ballroom
Amateur Career British National (Closed) Amateur Ballroom winner.
Maria HansenMany times a US National Professional Ballroom finalist
Co-organizer of the Vegas Open, held in Las Vegas each February. www.vegasopendance.com
Ann Harding TraffordRespected Coach and Adjudicator
Former Australian Champion and Blackpool Finalist.
Anna HarwoodWorld Rhythm Finalist and World Rhythm Showdance Champion
30 years of dance experience in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, and ballroom.
Paul HolmesFormer Amateur British National and World Cup Champion
Works extensively as a coach and adjudicator around the USA and is a co-organizer of the Vegas Open and City competitions.
Monique HrouderExaminer for Tersichorean,Divda ISTDA.
Monique is a co-organizer of the SEATTLE STAR BALL for the last 14 years.
Ilya IfraimovUS Professional Latin Finalist
North American Professional Latin Champion, Blackpool, United Kingdom, and International Rising Star Finalist.
Rauno IloFormer 2-time undefeated Soviet Union 10-dance Champion
World 10-dance Finalist from Indianapolis.
Kristiina IloFormer All Soviet Union 10-Dance Champion
World 10-Dance Finalist, US Standard Finalist. Dual Fellow ISTD.
Inna IvanenkoOwner of Siti Dance Studio in Philadelphia
Former US Professional Rhythm Champion partnered by Tony Dovolani and a US Finalist with husband, Evgeniy Dyachenko.
Wendy JohnsonFormer New Zealand national champion
She is now based in New York and is much in demand as a choreographer and coach.
Shirely JohnsonFormer US National Professional Latin Champion.
She is originally from Canada.
Anik JolicoeurFormer Professional World 10-Dance Champion.
Many times Canadian National Professional Champion in Ballroom, Latin and 10-Dance.
Charlotte JorgensenWorld Amateur Ballroom Champion representing her home country
One of the highest ranked professional ballroom dancers in the World and a Blackpool finalist.
Victor KanevskyNorth American Amateur Latin Champion with Diana Rogers (McDonald)
Founder of the very sucessful Kaiser Academy in Brooklyn responsible for training so many sucessful dancers
Stephen HannahProfessional Career Finalist British Professional Ballroom
Amateur Career British National (Closed) Amateur Ballroom winner.
Maria HansenMany times a US National Professional Ballroom finalist
Co-organizer of the Vegas Open, held in Las Vegas each February. www.vegasopendance.com
Kasia KozakDancer, Choreographer and Coache
Katarzyna Kozak, known as Kasia, is one of the most respected dancers, choreographers and coaches in America.
Stephen HannahProfessional Career Finalist British Professional Ballroom
Amateur Career British National (Closed) Amateur Ballroom winner.
Maria HansenMany times a US National Professional Ballroom finalist
Co-organizer of the Vegas Open, held in Las Vegas each February. www.vegasopendance.com
Kasia KozakDancer, Choreographer and Coache
Katarzyna Kozak, known as Kasia, is one of the most respected dancers, choreographers and coaches in America.

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