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Ballroom Dancing

Judges and Officials

Our 2024 Judges List


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.

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.


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.

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.


Roxana Samoila

An accomplished dancer and a successful instructor with over 25 years of experience, Roxana is a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and Sports. She is also a CDF certified instructor and an adjudicator for both International & American Styles.

Roxana’s dancing expertise expands well over the limits of dancesport, into the area of rhythmic gymnastics, jazz & ballet. Together with her husband, Peter Samoila own Unique Dance, a dance school that has been awarded a diploma of excellence by Consulate General of Romania in recognition of an outstanding record of accomplishments beautifully demonstrated over the years.

Her professional career, past and present is a true reflection of her unwavering commitment to excellence.

Eric Caty

Eric is a former Open North American Ten-Dance Champion, and has traveled the world competing at some of the world’s most prestigious dance events including the Blackpool Dance Festival. Eric is a certified National Championship Adjudicator (NCA).

Eric has represented Canada at many World Salsa Championships and ranked as high as 4 th in the World. He was a featured choreographer on all the seasons of So You Think You Can Dance CANADA, and was a featured dancer on the DANCING WITH THE STARS tour stop in Calgary. Eric coaches many of Alberta's top professional and amateur couples including some national and World Champions. Eric is the co-director of Salsa Rica Dance Company, the co-producer of the Calgary International Salsa Congress, and the Edmonton Gala.

Michel Guimond

Michel Guimond

Michel started ballroom dancing in Laval, QC and competed as a junior amateur in 1969. He became a professional competitor in 1980. Now you can find Michel teaching at the Broadway Ballroom. He has been appointed Canadian Dancesport Federation’s National Scrutineer Examiner in the past year. He has conceived a Scrutineer Training Program. For the past 12 years, he’s been teaching Master Class in Partnering Skills at Capilano University for the Musical Theatre program and the Actors for Screen and Stage program. He has been quite often Chairman of Judges in Canadian Closed Amateur and Professional Championships in the past 25 years and a qualified International Adjudicator.