Royal Palm Chapter, USA DanceUSA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE)

2020 Judges & Officials

We are proud to announce that the following
Distinguished Panel of World-Class Adjudicators & Officials
will preside at the

Royal Palm DanceSport Championships
USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE)
And WDSF Open
World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)

February 28-29, 2020

Adjudicators

Additional Adjudicators may be added at a later date.

(Adjudicators are listed below in alphabetical order, after Chairman of Adjudicators & Adjudicator/ Invigilator)

Key to Adjudicator Certifications: A=Standard; B=Latin; C=Smooth; D=Rhythm; E=Theater Arts.  
+ means Championship Level Certification; – means Associate Level Certification

Sami Yli-Piipari                   Chairman of Adjudicators – From USA (Georgia) & Finland
Sami Yli-Piipari

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   Chair + A+ B+ C+ D+

Sami Yli-Piipari is a USA Dance and WDSF Certified Chairman of Adjudicators and USA Dance and WDSF Certified Adjudicator at Championship Level in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm.

Sami serves as Chairman of Adjudicators and Adjudicator for numerous USA Dance National Qualifying Event Competitions throughout the United States, and for the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships. In addition, representing the U.S., he serves as a WDSF Chairman and Adjudicator. He has judged several World and Continental Championships.

Sami started ballroom dancing at the age of 10 in his native country, Finland. During his career with his wife Karita Yli-Piipari, he achieved numerous international and national titles including 15 total Finnish National Championship Titles, in both Amateur and Professional Standard, Latin, and 10-Dance.

He is also a former World & European Professional 10-Dance Grand Finalist, United Kingdom & International Professional Rising Star Finalist, and Blackpool Professional Rising Star Semi-Finalist.

His Competitive Accomplishments, with his partner and wife, Karita Yli-Piipari, include, among many others:

  • 15-Times Finland National Champion, in Standard, Latin, and 10-Dance
  • World Professional 10 Dance Grand Finalist
  • European Professional 10 Dance Grand Finalist
  • UK Open Professional Rising Star Finalist
  • International Professional Rising Star Finalist
  • Blackpool Professional Rising Star Semi-Finalist
  • Slovenian Open Professional Standard Champion

He is located in Athens, Georgia.

Lee Fox                              Adjudicator & Invigilator – From Florida and Georgia
Lee Fox

Certified: USA Dance:   Invigilator + A+ B+ C+ D+ E+

Lee Fox is a USA Dance Championship Level Certified Adjudicator in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm, and also holds Licentiate Certification in Theater Arts from the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance. He is also a USA Dance Certified Invigilator.

Lee has acted as an Adjudicator and Chairman of Judges at many regional competitions and showcases for many years, as well as having adjudicating at the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.

Lee serves as President and Examiner of the National Dance Teachers Association of America (NDTA). In that position, he trains dance teachers for examinations, and administers examinations, for professional certifications. He is Certified as a Fellow (the highest level) in International Standard, International Latin, American Smooth, and American Rhythm by NDTA, and Certified in the licentiate level of International Standard, International Latin, American Rhythm and Theater Arts with the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance.

A Certified USA Dance Invigilator, he is known for his vast and exacting knowledge of all official syllabi of both USA Dance, ISTD, and NDCA in all styles of dance.

Lee has competed professionally in various events nationally and internationally over several years. He is now a frequent guest instructor at national and regional dance events, conventions and cruises. He has been invited to instruct and judge in San Francisco, Montreal, Atlanta, Copenhagen, New York, and Los Angeles, among many other cities.

A true Southern gentleman, Lee hails originally from Macon, Georgia. He started his dance career in Atlanta, training at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. After furthering his training in New York he opted for the vibrant dance scene of South Florida.

Lee has had over 40 years of teaching experience, teaching and coaching individual students, as well as formation teams, at all levels from beginners to intermediate to advanced level choreography and competition coaching. He is actively involved in teaching group classes to the communities of South Florida reaching from Miami through Fort Lauderdale and into Boca Raton. His popular classes and lessons take place at several different studios and venues.

Melissa Dexter                     Adjudicator – From California and Italy
Melissa Dexter

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   A+ B+ C+ D+ E+

Melissa Dexter is a USA Dance and WDSF Championship Level Certified Adjudicator in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm, and Theater Arts.

She is a former three-time United States Latin American Champion, four time Italian Professional Latin Champion, Italian Showdance Latin Champion, British Open Finalist, “World Professional Masters” Vice Champion, World Professional Latin Finalist, Grand Slam Champion, three-time European and World Finalist, and British Open Professional Latin Finalist, and she received the Distinguished Feather Award, the dancing world’s Oscar, two times.

With her partner and husband Giacomo Steccaglia, Melissa won many top titles in Italy, Europe, England, the United States, and World Championships. Among Melissa’s many Accomplishments:

  • World finalist
  • European Finalist
  • Blackpool Finalist
  • World Latin American Showdance Vice Champion
  • “World Professional Masters Championship” Vice Champion
  • 3-Time United States Latin American Champion
  • 4-Time Italian Latin American Champion
  • Italian Latin American Showdance Champion
  • 2-time South American Showdance Vice Champion
  • British Open Professional Latin Finalist
  • European Professional Latin American Finalist
  • Imperial Professional Latin Champion
  • International Finalist
  • Ohio Star Ball Championships Professional Latin Champion
  • All England, and Universal Professional Latin Champion

Today, her extensive resume includes choreographer for film, television, and stage, as well as world-class adjudicator, coach, and lecturer.

Melissa Dexter together with her partner and husband Giacomo Steccaglia are the founders of Dancessense Studios in Carlsbad, CA

Melissa is Vice President, Professional Dance of USA Dance, Inc.

Patricia Goh                          Adjudicator – From Ontario, Canada
Patricia Goh

Certified:
WDSF & CDS Chair + A+ B+ C+ D+, WDSF Formation, WDSF Showdance, NCA, Scrutineer

WDSF Chairperson, WDSF PD Adjudicator, WDSF Adjudicator

Patricia Goh is the President of Canada DanceSport Professional Division. She also serves on the WDSF Equality Commission, Technical Systems Committee and Sports Policies Development Committee.

Patricia is a Chairperson of Adjudicators at major competitions that include national and provincial championships and has chaired the WDSF World Championships. Patricia, a WDSF World Championship Adjudicator, regularly represents Canada judging various World championships and national championships globally and most recently, the Grand Slam Finals in Shanghai.

Amongst her competitive laurels are Canadian Ontario Adult Standard and Adult 10-Dance Champion, North American Professional Rising Star Standard Vice Champion, Adult Latin Bronze Medalist, Canadian and North American Professional, Adult Standard and Ten Dance Grand Finalist.

Patricia coaches and shares her passion of dancing with dance enthusiasts and athletes of different ages and levels. She is a competition organizer, a World Championship event coordinator and a recipient of the Canadian Ontario DanceSport Award of Distinction. Patricia has been featured in magazines, newspapers, radio talk shows and television shows. She is also a strong supporter of charitable and community events and participates actively in these events.

In addition to holding advanced certifications in International and American dance disciplines, Patricia also holds advanced certification in music and ballet.

Furthermore, Patricia holds a business school master’s degree, a professional designation in IT Audit and the CPA professional accounting designation.

Phil Lee                               Adjudicator – From Ontario, Canada
Phil Lee

Certified:
WDSF & CDS Chair + A+ B+ C+ D+, WDSF Formation, WDSF Showdance, NCA, Scrutineer

WDSF Chairperson, WDSF PD Adjudicator, WDSF Adjudicator

Phil Lee is a WDSF Chairperson, WDSF Formation and Showdance Adjudicator, WDSF Adjudicator, WDSF PD Adjudicator, National Championship Chair of Adjudicators and National Championship Adjudicator in International and American styles, and a Certified Scrutineer.

He frequently represents Canada judging WDSF competitions and has recently judged WDSF’s first American Smooth Championships. Phil is also a Chairperson of Adjudicators at major Canadian competitions.

Amongst Phil’s many competitive laurels are Canadian Ontario Adult Standard and Adult 10-Dance Champion, North American Professional Rising Star Standard Vice Champion, Canadian Ontario Adult Latin Bronze Medallist, Canadian and North American Professional, Adult Standard and Ten Dance Grand Finalist.

Phil enjoys coaching competitive dancers from novice to championship levels and teaching new talents. Phil is a competition organizer, has served on the Executive Council of Ontario’s dance teachers association, and is a CDS examiner. He was also awarded the Ontario DanceSport Award of Distinction for his significant contribution to dancesport.

Phil is a business school graduate with a master’s degree and holds a professional CPA accounting designation.

Inez Sahlin                        Adjudicator – From Florida and Czech Republic
Inez Sahlin

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   A+ B+ C+ D+ E+

Inez Sahlin is a USA Dance and WDSF Championship Level Certified Adjudicator in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm, and Theater Arts.

She is a Championship Judge and International coach, teaching and coaching independently in United States and Europe. She is trained and licensed in both the International and American Styles.

After achieving many top Titles in her native Czech Republic, Inez moved to the United States in 1992 and continued her competitive career as a Professional here. She now resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Among her many credits and accomplishments, she is a:

  • Member and accredited member of WDSF, ISTD, USISTD DTCB and USA Dance.
  • World Championships Finalist. US Open Professional Semifinalist.
  • Former Amateur Champion and Runner-Up in Standard, 10 Dance, Team and Formation Dance World Champion Finalist, in her native country of the Czech Republic, and
  • Champion, Winner or Finalist of over 300 competitions all over Europe.
  • Professional Champion or Finalist in many Championships and competitions in the USA, including Ohio Star Ball, Constitution State Challenge, New England Imperial Championships, New England Championships, and American Star Ball, among others, and achieved the semifinals at the U.S. Open.

Currently Inez is teaching independently in the United States and travels regularly to coach in Europe.

Her coaching successes include World and Blackpool Champions in Senior Latin, several National Champions of the countries where she teaches, World Standard and 10 dance Junior II and Youth Finalists and recent World Cup adult Finalists.

Inez is qualified and licensed as an international Adjudicator by the WDSF, in both Latin and Standard Disciplines and in both Professional and Amateur Divisions. In addition, she is qualified as an Adjudicator under the new, rigorous WDSF Olympics-style Judging System 2.0.

She keeps a busy schedule as an adjudicator, judging numerous WDSF and USA Dance Championships and competitions, including World Championships, World Cups, Grand Slams and Continental Championships and competitions all over the World, in addition to USA Dance National Championships and NQE’s, University competitions, and other Championships and competitions in the U.S.A.

Susan Silva                        Adjudicator – From Florida, New York and Connecticut
Susan Silva

Certified: USA Dance + former NDCA:   A+ B+ C+ D+ E+

Susan Silva is a USA Dance Championship Level Certified Adjudicator in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm, and Theater Arts (Theatrical, Exhibition and Performing Arts).

She has served as an Adjudicator at the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships, among many other competitions.

Susan is a Professional Adjudicator, Dance Coach, Lecturer, and former United States National Professional Champion in American Style, Theatrical and Exhibition.

A native of New York, Susan started dancing at the age of three. She trained in all styles of Ballroom Dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm, and Theatrical.

As Professional Competitors, Susan and her partner David Van Hamilton, were United States National Professional Champions in American Style, Theatrical and Exhibition, as well as Blackpool Invitational Exhibition Bronze Medalists. They were renowned and top ranked Professional Ballroom Dance Champions and Performers in the United States for over 10 years. They competed in all styles of Ballroom Dance and were National Professional Champions and finalists, and achieved many top Titles, including Ohio Star Ball Exhibition Champions, and many others in the United States and Canada.

In addition, Susan Silva and David Van Hamilton appeared on several television shows, including “A Night of Championship Dancing” with Juliet Prowse and others, lectured and held master classes in many major dance conventions & studios, and appeared as the very popular Adagio Team of Hamilton & Silva at venues throughout the United States and Mexico, performing extended shows in New York City and Las Vegas.

Susan also performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway, and at the age of eighteen, as part of the Discotheque Dancers, she performed at Shea Stadium, NYC, in the opening act at the Beatles Concert, and then toured with the Beatles throughout the United States.

Susan developed and wrote a Theatrical Ballroom Syllabus in written manual and video form, which can be used to enhance every style of ballroom dance today.

Susan serves as Chairman of the USA Dance Theatrical Dancesport Division, which has within its purview Theatrical Ballroom, Cabaret, and Show Dance. She has been actively involved in writing and developing USA Dance’s official Syllabus for Theatrical Ballroom, and she is also currently working on rules and an adjudicator’s exam in Theatrical, Cabaret Style, and Show Dance for USA Dance.

During her career Susan had a life-changing experience. She was ill and in a wheel chair in 2003, and was told she may never dance again. But, her passion to dance has never left her. She believed to dance again, and she did in 2007. She became a Personal Life Coach and Ordained Minister.

Today, Susan is a Ballroom Dance Consultant for many Independent Ballroom Dance Schools, and a coach and teacher for professional, amateur, and pro/am students throughout the U.S.A. She has supervised and trained teachers in Ballroom Dance Technique, and holds Master Classes, Seminars, and Workshops in all styles of dance.

Susan is the former Vice President of the National Dance Teachers Association of America, and she writes a regular column for DanceBeat.

Kimberly Smith                 Adjudicator – From Alabama
Kimberly Smith

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   A+ B+ C+ D+ E+

Kimberly Smith has been teaching dancing for 38 years and has owned and operated Dr. Dance Studio, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama for 32 years.

Kim has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a professional competitor, pro/am competitor, teacher and currently coaches amateur and professional couples.

She holds both Memberships and Fellowships with the North American Dance Teachers Association and Licentiates with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, which embodies the world’s acknowledged leaders in the dance profession.

She continues proudly to serve the society on the National Committee as Treasurer of the USISTD.

As an adjudicator, Kim is a WDSF A level 3.0 adjudicator and has had the honor of judging the WDSF World Sr. I Latin Championships as well as many Open WDSF Championship events.

Kim leads the newly formed Exam Department of USA Dance and serves on the Professional Council.

Lev Vesnovskiy               Adjudicator – From New York and Russia
Lev Vesnovskiy

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   A+ B+ C+ D+

Lev Vesnovskiy is a Licensed WDSF `A` and USA Dance Adjudicator who has been teaching and training dancers for the past 30 years. His students became Russian Youth Latin National Champions and USA Youth and Under 21 Standard National Champions.

Lev became one of the first certified professionals and the first invigilator in the Asia region of Russia. As an adjudicator, Lev has judged many esteemed National and International competitions.

He started his dancing career in 1978 in Russia and competed in all major European and North American championships as amateur in Standard, Latin and 10-dance and professional in Standard.

Parallel to his dance career he graduated the Novosibirsk State University with Bachelor in Physics and Master in Computer Science.

With his wife and dance partner Lev has founded and led the first in Russia ballroom choreography faculty in Novosibirsk University of Performing Arts and became the first lector and examiner in the region. He has published few books about ballroom dancing including the Russian version of Technique of Latin Dancing approved by Mr. Walter Laird himself.

Since 2001, Lev has been the owner and instructor of Atlantic Ballroom Dance Studio in Brooklyn New York.

He is Organizer of the Metropolitan DanceSport Championship in Brooklyn, NY

Yelena Vesnovskaya         Adjudicator – From New York and Russia
Yelena  Vesnovskaya

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   A+ B+ C+ D+

Yelena Vesnovskaya has been teaching and training dancers for the past 30 years. From the age of seven she studied ballet, folk, modern, and contemporary styles of dance in Russia. At age twelve she discovered ballroom dancing, which quickly became her primary style of dance.

Yelena graduated the Performing Arts University in Novosibirsk Russia, with degrees in Choreography and Ballet Mastery. After graduating, Yelena became the founder and administrator of the Ballroom Dance Department at the Novosibirsk University of Performing Arts.

Yelena has published books, teaching materials, and has been cited in numerous technique and development publications.

As an adjudicator, Yelena has judged many esteemed national and international competition. Her students became Russian Youth Latin National Champions.

As a professional dancer Yelena has competed in all major European and North American championships and has trained with the top coaches and trainers in the world.

Since 2001, Yelena has been the owner and primary instructor of Atlantic Ballroom Dance Studio in Brooklyn New York. In Atlantic Ballroom, Her main focus has been to raise dancers to be determined and passionate competitors. Her education and experience from Russia and the United States create a strict and diverse curriculum, which imbeds into dancers the fundamentals that are necessary for success.

Her student couples in the USA have reached many heights, such as Youth and Under 21 Standard National Champions.

Yuehwern Yih                  Adjudicator – From Indiana and Taiwan
Dr. Yuehwern Yih

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   Chair + A+ B+ C+ D+ + Scrutineer

Dr. Yuehwern Yih is a USA Dance and WDSF Certified Chairman and Adjusicator, with Championship Level Certification in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm, as well as a USA Dance Certified Chairman of Adjudicators and NDCA Certified Scrutineer.

She is a Certified Adjudicator by World Dancesport Federation (WDSF) in International Latin and Standard. She is a Championship Certified Adjudicator with North American Dancesport Teachers Association (NADTA) and USA Dance in both International Styles and American Styles.

Dr. Yih is a professional ballroom dancer, coach, choreographer, Chairman and Adjudicator.

In addition to judging and choreographing, Yuehwern and her partner, Daniel, spend most of their time being the head coaches of the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team. In 2010, when the Team was invited to compete on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars on Fox, they coached the dancers to a 1st round victory, and placed second in collegiate formation team competition at the finale.

Yuehwern was a finalist in many professional events and runner-up in USA Dancesport Championships in a span of 15 years. Throughout her dancing career, she is always fascinated by the dynamics, intricate synergy and kinetics between partners in competitive ballroom dancing. She is passionate about learning, teaching, and helping students find their pathways to success on and off the dance floor.

She founded a college competition team at Purdue over 20 years ago and this team is not only ranked highly nationally, but also the incubator of many Dancesport competitors, professionals, and lifelong dancers. Each year Yuehwern is also the key person to organize the Purdue Ballroom Classic, which attracts more than 400 collegiate competitors each year from 20+ universities in the Midwest area over the last two decades.

Yuehwern studied ballet and performed with the Lafayette Ballet Company before learning ballroom dance.

In addition, she completed her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering, specializing in operation management and system engineering. She is currently a Full Professor in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and the Associate Director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

Karita Yli-Piipari               Adjudicator – From USA (Georgia) and Finland
Karita Yli-Piipari

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   A+ B+ C+ D+   + Invigilator

Karita Yli-Piipari is a WDSF Licensed and Certified Adjudicator at Championship Level in all styles of dance (A+ B+ C+ D+), as well as being a USA Dance National Certified Adjudicator at Championship Level in all Styles of Dance (A+ B+ C+ D+ under USA Dance Rule 2.2.13.3.3).

Karita started ballroom dancing at the age of 10 in her native country Finland.

During her career, she has achieved numerous international and national titles including 15 Finnish National Championship Titles in International Style Standard (Ballroom), International Latin, and 10-Dance in both Amateur and Professional categories.

She is a former World & European Championships 10 Dance Finalist, International Championships and United Kingdom Ballroom Rising Star Finalist, and Blackpool Dance Festival Semi-Finalist in the International Style Standard (Ballroom) Category.

Among her accomplishments:

  • 15 times Finland National Champion in Ballroom, International Latin, and 10-Dance
  • World Championships 10 Dance Finalist
  • European Championships 10 Dance Finalist
  • International Championships Ballroom Rising Star Finalist
  • United Kingdom Ballroom Rising Star Finalist
  • Semi-finalist in Blackpool Dance Festival category Standard

Karita is teaching and coaching dancers around the United States, as well as being a choreographer.

As a USA Dance and WDSF Certified Adjudicator, she has judged numerous WDSF World, Continental, and Grand Slam Championships.

She is located in Athens, Georgia.

Andrea Zaramella             Adjudicator – From USA (North Carolina) and Italy
Andrea Zaramella

Certified: USA Dance:   A+ B+ C+ D+

Andrea Zaramella started dancing at the age of 9 in a small city on the
Southeast coast of Italy called Brindisi. He started traveling and competing all over the world from the age of 14. In his 27 year career in ballroom dance, several of his accomplishments include being the

  • 2-Time World Under 21 Ballroom Champion,
  • 5-Time undefeated Italian Ballroom Champion,
  • Standard Blackpool Rising Star Vice-Champion,
  • Blackpool Open Semi-Finalist,
  • He also performed in several TV shows, and was a part of
    Dancing with the Stars in Italy.
  • WDC international adjudicator for Italy as well as an ISTD and USA Dance certified Championship Level National Adjudicator in the US.

Now based out of Charlotte, NC he currently teaches, coaches and choreographs for top performing competitive students, amateur and professional couples, and produces and manages shows and dance competitions in the US and Europe.

Some of these include The Excellence Charlotte Dance Festival, The Italian Pearl, and Dance Legends Charlotte, as well as currently, the USA Dance Charlotte Star Ball NQE.

Andrea is also the founder of Tomorrow’s Champions Foundation, which is a charitable project that provides ballroom dance education and lessons for children and youth with disabilities with the goal of improving their future and creating an impact in their lives.

Officials

Sami Yli-Piipari                    Chairman of Adjudicators – From USA (Georgia) and Finland
Sami Yli-Piipari

Certified: USA Dance + WDSF:   Chair + A+ B+ C+ D+

Sami Yli-Piipari is a USA Dance and WDSF Certified Chairman of Adjudicators and USA Dance and WDSF Certified Adjudicator at Championship Level in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm.

See his biography in the first listing at the top of this page above.
 

 

 

To be Announced             Chairman Assistant
 

Yang Chen                             Emcee – From New York
Young Chen (Facebook)

Yang Chen has been dancing for more than twenty years and is currently the President of the Greater New York USA Dance Chapter. He has previously served as National President of USA Dance.

Yang has extensive experience as a Master of Ceremonies of many ballroom competitions including the Manhattan Amateur Classic, NJ DanceSport Classic, National Qualifying Events in Bethesda, Maryland, Knoxville, Tennessee and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the USA Dance National Championships and numerous collegiate events, including the DC DanceSport Inferno.

Yang is currently serving as Organizer of the January, 2019 Manhattan Amateur Classic (MAC) competition.

Yang Chen is an attorney and graduate of New York University School of Law and Binghamton University. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Having practiced law with large law firms in New York City for a number of years, Yang now serves as the Executive Director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), a position he has held since August 2009. He served as that Association’s President in 2008.

Yang lives in New York City, and yes, his first name is pronounced “young.”

Karen Pritchard                Emcee – From Florida and England
Karen Pritchard

Born in England, Karen Pritchard competed in Ballroom & Latin Championships, competing through the ranks of British Amateur Ballroom and Latin to British Professional Ballroom and Cabaret Champion status. After winning The British Royal 10 Dance Championship, International 10 Dance Championship in Europe, and reaching the finals at the prestigious Blackpool Championships, she travelled and performed in Cabaret and Coached on Holland America Line Cruises for 13 years, including 7 World Cruises. Returning to land, Karen became the Choreographer, Producer/Director of KP Productions, a Musical Theatre Company.

Karen now Emcee’s for several of the Competitions here in South Florida, and is known for her delightful spontaneous humor, and her superb timing and knowledge of dancing and competing, which are so instrumental in making the Competitions run smoothly and be so enjoyable to the competitors and audience alike. Her philosophy is, “Dancing should be fun for the performers and also for the audience, making the day memorable for all”.

Her Credits Include: • Former British 10 Dance Champion. • 5 Times Blackpool Ballroom & Cabaret Finalist. • Qualified Member of I.S.T.D. and British Dance Federation. • Director, Producer & Choreographer of Musical Theatre Company. • Teacher of the Arts, Theatre Acting, Singing and Dance for Musical Productions.

Daniel Dilley                    Scrutineer – From Indiana
Daniel Dilley - Scrutineer

Daniel Dilley is Certified by USA Dance and WDSF as a Scrutineer A+ B+ C+ D+, and also Certified by USA Dance and WDSF as a Chairman of Adjudicators and as a Championship Level Adjudicator in all styles of dance, Standard, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm. He is also Certified as an Adjudicator by the North American Dancesport Teachers Association (NADTA) and Certified as a Scrutineer by NDCA.

He has extensive experience as a Scrutineer and Adjudicator, and enough equipment to run O2CM wireless judging for 30+ judges.

As a competitor, Daniel was Cincinnati Ballroom Classic Rising Star Champion, Volunteer State Rising Star Champion, and a Finalist in many U.S. competitions.

Daniel is head coach of the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team, which has about 125 members each semester, requiring competitive coaching in all levels from Newcomer to Championship.

Daniel also co-organizes the annual Purdue Ballroom Classic Competition, which attracts more than 400 collegiate ballroom dance competitors each year in the Midwest.

Vinny Munno                      Music Director & DJ – From Florida and New Jersey
Vinny Munno

Vincent (Vinny) Munno is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Goldcoast Ballroom, along with Jeff Sandler. Vinny is known not only throughout Florida but nationally and around the world for his electrifying music as a DJ. It has been said that he sets the standard for disk jockeys not only in South Florida but world wide.

Vinny has served as Director of Music for the annual Royal Palm DanceSport Competition for all of its prior 15 years of existence. He has a vast knowledge and repertoire of music, meeting the regulation tempos and length for each style of dance and competition heat.

As an example of the international recognition and acclaim that Vinny Munno and Co-Founder Jeff Sandler have received, they were invited to preside over the first ever Annual Euro Salsa Congress in Munich, Germany. Vinny acted as DJ and Jeff acted as Host and Master of Ceremonies at that spectacular international event. Vinny is pictured above in his role as DJ at the First Annual Euro Salsa Congress in Munich, Germany.

As the man behind the music both at Goldcoast Ballroom and the Music Director and DJ for our Annual Royal Palm DanceSport Competition, he is a most important and integral member of the team.

Vinny also is a very accomplished dancer. At the age of eight, he began his dancing career by training in ballet, jazz, and tap. During his school years, he also was exceptionally skilled in gymnastics. He continued to study ballet for eight years at the New Jersey Dance Theater Guild. He graduated from the Dance Educators of America Teacher’s Training School in New York City. For six years he appeared in the New Jersey Dance Theater Guild’s production of “The Nutcracker”.

Vinny later studied Ballroom dance seriously, and became an accomplished Ballroom dancer and competitor. Dancing with US Champion Professional Susie Thompson, he won titles including US American Rhythm Pro-Am Gentleman Champion in 1999 and 2000, and US American Smooth Pro-Am Gentleman Champion and Ohio Star American Rhythm Finalist in 2001.

Recently he has danced with Pro Olga Bogdanov, and they have given some amazing, extraordinary performances in American Smooth and Standard dances at Goldcoast Ballroom Showcases.

Vinny is originally from New Jersey. Before moving to Florida and dedicating himself full time to dance, he had a career in banking, which included starting as a loan processor and serving eight years as bank branch manager.

         Jeff Sandler                       Vinny Munno               Co-Founders & Co-Owners of Goldcoast Ballroom,

Jeff SandlerVinny Munno
Our Competition Venue

Our grateful recognition and special appreciation go to Jeff Sandler and Vinny Munno, Co-Founders and Co-Owners of Goldcoast Ballroom, for hosting and generously co-sponsoring the Annual Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE & WDSF Open at the Beautiful and Nationally Renowned Goldcoast Ballroom, as they have done for our Competition each year for the past 16 years!

Read more about Jeff and Vinny on the Goldcoast Ballroom website ».

 

Competition Organizers:

Connie Barnhart Koontz

Connie Barnhart Koontz
Competition Organizer
and
President, USA Dance Royal Palm
Chapter # 6016
Lee Fox

Lee Fox
Co-Chair Competition Organizing Committee
and
Vice President, USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter # 6016
Dave Koontz

Dave Koontz
Co-Chair Competition Organizing Committee
and
Board Member, USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter # 6016

With the Entire Royal Palm Chapter Board of Directors, and a Great Team of Volunteers!

 

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USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE)

World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)

The Royal Palm DanceSport Championships NQE
February 28-29, 2020 in Sunny South Florida!!
USA Dance National Qualifying Event (NQE) & WDSF Open
Open to the World!   WDSF Open Events Included!

The Annual USA Dance Royal Palm DanceSport Competition,
sponsored & organized by USA Dance, Royal Palm Chapter # 6016, and now in it's 17th year,
is one of the most highly regarded
dancesport competitions in Florida and in the United States.
We welcome Amateur, Pro/Am, and Professional competitor couples
from around the United States, Canada, and the World!

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for Appointment (at our Host Hotel)
Moondance Studios - Photography
View & purchase your Photos
at the Competition
The Ballroom Shop 2 - Shoes, Costumes, Dancewear, Jewelry
       
Shoes, Costumes,
Dancewear, Jewelry