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CHAIRPERSON

Jackie Rogers
Florida

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EMCEE 

John DePalma
Florida

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Relief Emcee
Mark Brock
Ohio

JUDGE

Martin Cawston
Wisconsin

"I grew up in England. My mom and dad could not get a babysitter so they dragged me to their ballroom dance class. I was a horrible little 7 year old and wanted to do everything that my dad did. After two weeks the teacher told my parents to enroll me in a children’s class."

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JUDGE

Nathan Daniels
Minnesota

"I had just finished college and was getting ready to go to law school. I was at a club in New York dancing hustle when a guy came up to me and said, 'You’re a really good dancer. Have you ever thought about teaching?' I hadn’t, but he was convincing and he owned a studio. Six weeks later I was a dance teacher and I have been for 39 years, so it must have been the right thing."

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JUDGE

Maria Hansen
California

"I was going to nursing school in Dallas and needed a job to help me pay for college. I was looking for something in the evening and answered an ad for a Fred Astaire Dance Studio. They had a really great training class and I was hooked. After 3 years there I knew that I wanted to pursue a competitive career and in order to do that should move to either California or New York. I chose California and that was that. I was really lucky to have great teachers and mentors at Freds."

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JUDGE

Denise Jourdaine
California

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JUDGE

Stephan Kraul
California

"I grew up in Germany. My older sister was into competitive ballroom dancing and I would go with her to watch. She was terrible. When I was 8 years old she signed me up for lessons. I loved it right away. We did formation teams, medal programs and then advanced to competitions."

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JUDGE

Chantal LeClerc
Georgia

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JUDGE

Kimberly Mitchell
Ohio

"Both of my parents are British Champions and they own a dance studio in England. I didn’t have a choice about dancing. I grew up in a dance studio….literally!"

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JUDGE

Marianne Nicole
Florida

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JUDGE

Denis Rogers
Florida

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JUDGE

Cher Rutherford
Florida

"My interest in ballroom dancing started when I saw Bobby and Sissy dance on the Lawrence Welk show. When I was 17 years old I would just sit in my car and watch the people dancing at the Arthur Murray studio in Louisville Kentucky. Finally I got up the nerve to go in and ask about lessons and they told me I was too young. When I was 19 and in college I answered an ad to train as a teacher for Fred Astaire Dance Studios. The minute I started training class I loved it."

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JUDGE

Sam Sodano
Ohio

"When I was a teen I wanted to be a broadway dancer. I went to New York to take a jazz class and right away knew it wasn’t for me. Then I tried the Arthur Murray studio in my hometown. I was 17 years old and enrolled in the bronze program. While in high school I was voted “Best Dancer” and was also on TV, on the Clay Cole show, which was like American Bandstand. All of those things together helped me know that I wanted a career in ballroom dance.'"

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JUDGE

Bill Sparks
Ohio

"After a ballet injury I had moved back home with my mom. I was driving to my favorite restaurant and made a wrong turn. There was a sign that said, Arthur Murray - Dance. The word dance caught me and I stopped in to see what it was all about. They heard about my dance background and offered me an audition for teacher training the following day. 

Overnight we got about 14 inches of snow. I was getting ready for my audition and my mother said 'Where are you going in all this snow?' I said, 'Mom, I have a job interview and I just know that the woman that owns the studio will be there — even with the snow.' She was there, and I did my waltz audition with turned out feet and knees, but they hired me because I could learn quickly. My first week I was soaking up information and watching training videos. At the end of that week their advanced male teacher left, and they said to me, 'You’re a teacher now.'"

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JUDGE

Mark Weiss
California

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JUDGE

Viola Jordan Weiss
California

"When I was 17 years old I was burnt out on ballet. My parents were taking lessons at Wane Eng’s studio, and bought me lessons to try out ballroom dancing. At my first competition I really got hooked when I saw the pros compete. By age 19 I started training class to become a ballroom dance teacher."

CHAIRPERSON

Jackie Rogers
Florida

EMCEE 

John DePalma
Florida

SCRUITINEER

Ava Kaye
California

REGISTRAR

Amanda Ashcraft
New York

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Brent Mills
Arizona

DECK CAPTAIN

Justin Deehr
Wisconsin


JUDGES

Martin Cawston
Wisconsin

Nathan Daniels
Minnesota

Maria Hansen
California

Denise Jourdaine
California

Stephan Kraul
California

Chantal Leclerc
Georgia

Kimberly Mitchell
Ohio

Marianne Nicole
Florida

Denis Rogers
Florida

Cher Rutherford
Florida

Sam Sodano
Ohio

Bill Sparks
Ohio

Mark Weiss
California

Viola Jordan Weiss
California