Ballroom Dancing

Judges and Officials

Our 2017 Judges List

 

Barbara Child

Barbara Child, originally from London, England, first started dancing as a teen, becoming a member of one of the top UK Latin dance teams at that time. This highly successful team danced together for five years providing the opportunity to its members to travel extensively throughout the UK and Europe for competitions & shows. She became an avid competitor enjoying favourable results.

After moving to Canada she resumed competitive dancing as an amateur before turning Professional to teach and compete in both Standard and Latin. A Founding Member of Canadian Dancesport Federation. Currently teaching, training, and judging across Canada.

Kim Donaghy

Kimberly Donaghy

Kimberly has been a Professional Ballroom Dance Instructor since 1980. For 18 of those years she was the Professional Instructor for the University of Calgary Ballroom Dance Club. She also taught dance for the Phys Ed departments at many Senior and Junior High Schools in the City of Calgary. As a competitor she participated in both American and International Style. Her focus was International Latin where she was a Semi-Finalists at the Canadian Closed Championships. In 2005 she was the World Champion in the Diamond Showcase Division at the World Country and Western Dance Championships in Nashville. Kim is very involved with adjudicating dance competitions in Canada and the United States. She is a Certified A+B+C+D+ Adjudicator with the CDF. She is currently teaching BURLESQUERCISE and is also a certified Zumba instructor.

Katerina Michtchenko

Katerina Michtchenko

Ekaterina has more than twenty-five years of teaching and competing experience and is a Canadian Closed Champion in the Professional American Smooth Division. She is a 3-times Canadian Representative at the World Professional Latin and Showcase Championships and finalist of the World Professional Showcase Championship. Currently, she is the director and coach of youth DanceSport group “Fiesta Dancesport Club”, which has produced Canadian Junior Latin and Youth 10-dance Champions. Ekaterina also holds Canadian DanceSport Federation Adjudicators Licenses (A+,B+) with the experience of officiating DanceSport competitions in and out of Canada.

Diana Lefebvre

Diana Lefebvre

Diana, a native Albertan has invested 20 years in the development of dancesport in Alberta. Starting off in the Arthur Murray chain, Diana eventually became a Canadian 10 Dance Finalist and was the first Albertan to represent Canada at a World Professional Championship. She is the co-director of DancesportMD with her husband Martin Lefebvre and together they represented Canada for 6 years, including at the World Professional Latin Championships in Innsbruk, Austria. She is proud to have sent many dancers to finals week of So You Think You Can Dance CANADA, including 2 dancers who made the top 20. She has trained many Canadian finalists and has sent 4 couples to World Championship Dancesport events. Diana is also the creator and owner of Burlesquercise Canada, a rapidly growing fitness dance company with a burlesque twist.

Benoit

Benoit Drolet

Benoit started dancing at the age of 14 in his home town of Montreal. After an amateur career that culminated in winning two Canadian titles as well as three Quebec Championships, Benoit moved to England to pursue his professional career, and before long he was consistently placing in the top 12 in the world, making finals at the Japan Internationals, German Open, Dutch Open, as well as the semi-final of the Open British in Blackpool, UK and Internationals, to name a few. Upon retiring, he joined the critically acclaimed show "Burn The Floor" and toured Australia, Europe and the USA. His professional career took him to more than 30 countries for competing and demonstrating.

Benoit is now back living in Canada and resides in Edmonton, Alberta, where he is now busy developing young talents in that relatively new dance community. At the same time, he still travels extensively throughout Canada and the USA for teaching, lecturing and adjudicating.

Monique Hrouda

Monique Hrouda

Monique has been dancing all her life. She has 15 years of classical ballet at Seattleʼs Cornish school of allied arts and 10 years of musical theatre background with Moore Theatre Productions. After graduating from Western Washington University in speech communications and business, Monique found Ballroom dancing. She has won several competitions with her husband Robert in American Smooth, Rhythm and Show Dance. Monique retired form competition in 1999 after the birth of her daughter Nichole. Currently she is co-owner of seattleʼs premier dance studio DanceSport International, and co-owner of the Seattle Star Ball Competition. She continues to judge, coach and educate herself to improve the standard of dance in the Seattle area.

Bill Jacobsen

Bill Jacobsen

Bill is a dual fellow examiner in the Arthur Murray organization and a member of the international dance board for Arthur Murray International. He has sat as a chairman of judges at multiple competitions and is also a wold championship adjudicator.

For the past 21 years, Bill has been the owner and operator of the Edmonton Arthur Murray. He’s also very proud to have played a part in the careers of literally thousands of amateur and professional ballroom dancers from around the world for the past 34 years as a professional ballroom instructor.

Kyryl Dudchenko

Kyryl Dudchenko

Kyryl started ballroom dancing when he was 7 years old in Ukraine. He underwent extensive training with different distinguished teachers and coaches in both Latin American and Modern/ standard programs as well as supplementary basic training in ballet. He has competed in numerous competitions all over Eastern and Western Europe as well as in North America, at fi rst representing Ukraine and then British Columbia, on international and local DanceSport arena. Furthermore, Kyryl also participated in the Canada-wide aired TV show, Dancing at the Palais.

Since moving to Canada in 2000 and until turning professional Kyryl maintained highest amateur ranking position in British Columbia. In 2002 Kyryl became professional and since then teaching and coaching competitors (kids, teenagers and seniors) in both Latin and Standard divisions.

Garry Foster

Garry Foster

Garry started his passion of ballroom dancing at the tender age of seven in Birmingham United Kingdom. From beginner group classes, to private lessons, to partners, he passion to compete. Garry was very successful in winning several local and national titles throughout the UK in both the juvenile and junior categories. After joining the adult amateur ranks at sixteen, his career took off. Making the finals in all major events, being featured regularly on the popular television series Come Dancing, and representing his country in the European, World Standard and World Ten Dance Championships.

In 1997, Garry turned professional and currently holds licentiate/member in both Standard and Latin and also holds an international championship adjudicating licence. 1998 took Garry to Hong Kong, joining a very prolific dancing school (later to become a partner), and then to have his own dance school. He continues to coach from beginner to the highest level of amateur, pro-am and professional, many of whom have gone on to great success. Despite remaining a Hong Kong resident Garry continues to travel extensively within Asia, Europe and North America to pass on his knowledge and expertise.