COVID-19 Special Notice

To all our ballroom family, 2020 has been a very interesting year for us all. COVID-19 has affected all our lives in different and unexpected ways and has especially affected the ballroom dance community. With current government restrictions, as well as many dance studios still closed or operating at a limited capacity, we have made the tough decision to cancel Vancouver Challenge Cup 2021 for both safety and financial reasons. This is a decision we wanted to put off for as long as possible but with the current state of the pandemic, we do not feel that we will be able to provide the community with an event we would be proud to call VCC.

Please stay safe, stay active, and never stop dancing! Let's all continue to have fun and celebrate dance in our own way and we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2022!

Ballroom Dancing

Judges and Officials

Our 2020 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.


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.

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.

Aleksandra Antonova

Aleksandra Antonova

Aleksandra is originally from the Ukraine. She is a professional ballroom choreographer, dance teacher and licensed adjudicator with more than 12 years of teaching, coaching and judging experience. She has been dancing from six years old and has won and been a finalist in many Ukrainian and International competitions. Her students have become winners of Ukrainian and European dance competitions. In 2011 Aleksandra received the award "The best coach of the East Region of Ukraine", and moved to Canada were she continues to improve her knowledge and skills. She is the organizer of many worshops with top level teachers. Aleksandra is the owner of "Levita Dance" studio in Calgary.

Atanas Malamov

Originally from Bulgaria, Atanas started dancing at the age of nine. He quickly became very interested in this beautiful sport and decided that he wanted to become a professional dancer. After becoming the Bulgarian National 10 Dance Champion, he joined the Bulgarian National Dancesport Team and represented his country in many International Championships. He was also a professional dancer and choreographer on “Dancing with the Stars Vietnam” for three consecutive seasons, winner of the 3rd season of the show and runner up in the 5th.

Atanas has competed at the highest level and has received training in International Ballroom and Latin for many years, which helps him in coaching some of the brightest rising stars in US including multiple National Syllabus Champions, Youth and Adult Championships dancers and Senior and Pro/ Am National Champions.

He is a full member of the Bulgarian Professional Dance Association. Mr. Malamov is certified as a Professional Latin-American and Ballroom, American Smooth and Rhythm Dance Teacher and Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America.