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Ballroom Dancing

Judges and Officials

Our 2023 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.


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.

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.

Martin Lefebvre

Martin Lefebvre

A Montreal native, Martin Lefebvre has been dancing since the age of nine with a successful and colorful career. He has represented Canada many times at various Wold Championships both as an amateur and professional.

Martin not only runs his own kids program in Calgary schools and ballroom studios, he also travels to train champions in Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Country, Swim, Ice Dancing, and members from Cirque du Soleil.

Angel Chu

Angel Chu grew up here in Vancouver, Canada and was part of the UBC Dance Club. After graduating from UBC, her love for dance continued. She became the National 10 Dance Champions of Taiwan and were named as the representative to the World Championship.

Angel is certified as a qualified Professional Latin-American and Ballroom Dance Teacher as well as International Adjudicator.

Jane Edgett

Fortunate to have grown up with her Mother’s dance school in New Brunswick as an after school activity (started 1960), Jane moved to Nova Scotia to spend 10 yrs with the Buchta dance troop of CBC National Television program “ Don Messer’s Jubilee”. Following this, she moved on to training and taking Fellowship examinations with ISTD in London England, owning her own studio from 1983 to 2019. Still teaching, coaching and training professionals for examinations, Jane also is Executive Secretary to Canada’s National Professional Association, Canadian Dancesport Federation.


Delphine Romaire

Delphine is is CDF Certified A+B+C+D+ adjudicator as well as a National adjudicator. She has won many titles through a long competitive career
  • 8-time Canadian Champion
  • 16-time Quebec Champion
  • North American Champion
  • 19-time Canadian representative at World Championships

She also took part in the movie "Shall we Dance" with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. She now owns Foot Notes Kids Club in Edmonton where her dancers have had much success and won many competitions as well as being the dance director at the University of Alberta dance club since 2002.



Roland Michtchenko

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