Judges & Officials
2019

/Judges & Officials
Judges & Officials2019-04-08T08:38:00-07:00

The Emerald Ball strives for excellence when it comes to dancing, so look no further than our superb judges & officials for the competitions. As a reminder:

  • NO SPLIT FLOORS for all Pro/Am Ballroom & Smooth!
  • A minimum of 11 judges for all Pro/Am Scholarship events!
    • (…and the same panel throughout each round!)

Organizers

Wayne & Donna Eng
Wayne & Donna Eng

Co-Chairmen of the Judges & NDCA Observers

Richard Booth
Richard BoothLecanto, FL
Jackie Rogers
Jackie RogersLake Ariel, PA

Master of Ceremonies

John DePalma
John DePalma
Gary McDonald
Gary McDonaldFairfield, NJ

Judges

To view our elite panel of judges for kids day, please visit our kids day competition page.

Emerald Ball Kids Day
Corky Ballas
Corky BallasHollywood, CA
(Special Guest Judge: Saturday Night)
Arunas Bizokas
Arunas BizokasFairfield, NJ
(judging Pro/Am only)
Babette Brown
Babette BrownLos Angeles, CA
Nigel Clarke
Nigel ClarkeSanta Barbara, CA
Sveta Daly
Sveta DalyLadera Ranch, CA
Katusha Demidova
Katusha DemidovaNew York, NY
(judging Pro/Am only)
Tommy DiTommaso
Tommy DiTommasoSt. Petersberg, FL
Alan Dixon
Alan DixonChino Hills, CA
Rufus Dustin
Rufus DustinMiami Beach, FL
Donna Edelstein
Donna EdelsteinMinneapolis, MN
Nadia Eftedal
Nadia EftedalSherman Oaks, CA
David Elkin
David ElkinNashville, TN
John Elsbury
John ElsburyWebster, TX
Giampiero Giannico
Giampiero GiannicoNew York, NY
David Hamilton
David HamiltonNashville, TN
Donald Johnson
Donald JohnsonLibertyville, IL
Patrick Johnson
Patrick JohnsonSarasota, FL
Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson
Clement Joly
Clement JolyCharlotte, NC
Eugene Katsevman
Eugene KatsevmanBrooklyn, NY
Yulia Kharlova
Yulia KharlovaPretoria, South Africa
David Kloss
David KlossAustin, TX
Kasia Kozak
Kasia KozakSan Diego, CA
Elena Kryuchkova
Elena KryuchkovaNew Jersey
Katia Kuznetsova
Katia KuznetsovaHouston, TX
Tomasz Lewandowski
Tomasz LewandowskiRedondo Beach, CA
Hunter Lisle
Hunter LisleLexington, KY
Armando Martin
Armando MartinFlorida
Diana McDonald
Diana McDonaldNew Jersey
Michael Mead
Michael MeadSan Diego, CA
Anna Mikhed
Anna MikhedAlexandria, VA
Marianne Nicole
Marianne NicoleFlorida
Carolina Orlovsky
Carolina OrlovskyCalifornia
Lilia Padriezas
Lilia PadriezasCalifornia
Richard Porter
Richard PorterCalifornia
Luann Pulliam
Luann PulliamFt. Walton Beach, FL
Toni Redpath
Toni RedpathSan Diego, CA
(Sunday Only)
Amanda Reyzin
Amanda ReyzinWarminster, PA
Jonathan Roberts
Jonathan RobertsSan Diego, CA
(Sunday Only)
Irina Sarukhanyan
Irina SarukhanyanWashington D.C.
Teresa Shiry
Teresa ShiryCalifornia
Eddie Simon
Eddie SimonNew York, NY
Ken Sloan
Ken SloanCalifornia
Karina Smirnoff
Karina SmirnoffLos Angeles, CA
Heather Smith
Heather SmithLos Angeles, CA
Sam Sodano
Sam SodanoPowell, OH
Bill Sparks
Bill SparksPowell, OH
Marzena Stachura
Marzena StachuraLaguna Hills, CA
Inessa Strelnikova
Inessa StrelnikovaToronto, ON
Irina Suvorov
Irina SuvorovHuntington Beach, CA
Rozana Sweeney
Rozana SweeneyPittsburgh, PA
Marina Tarsinov
Marina TarsinovNew York
Polina Teplenko
Polina TeplenkoMoscow, Russia
Mireille Veilleux
Mireille VeilleuxMontreal, Quebec
Pat West
Pat WestAliso Viejo, CA
(Sunday Only)
Jonathan Wilkins
Jonathan WilkinsNew York, NY

Registrar

Joy Hillary
Joy HillaryParkland, FL
Cassandra Valeria Schneider
Cassandra Valeria SchneiderCoral Springs, FL

Scrutineer

Ava Kaye Brennen
Ava Kaye BrennenSan Francisco, CA
Amanda Ashcraft
Amanda AshcraftNew York, NY
Kenneth Kuo
Kenneth KuoLos Angeles, CA
Sally Lee
Sally LeeApple Valley, MN

Front Desk

Brandy Bangs
Brandy BangsLowell, AR
JT Thomas
JT ThomasNashville, TN
Lisa Brown
Lisa BrownLaguna Niguel, CA
Leslie Whitesell
Leslie WhitesellCarmel, IN

Deck Captains

Yolanda Vargas
Yolanda VargasSan Diego, CA
Rosendo Fumero
Rosendo FumeroHouston, TX
Melissa Cyr
Melissa CyrChino Hills, CA
Gigi La Valle
Gigi La Valle Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Dance Vision Circuit Pro/Am Concierge

Esther Ching
Esther ChingSan Diego, CA

For more information and to sign up for concierge services, click below.

Dance Vision Circuit Concierge

Assistant to the Organizer

Rosie Ortiz
Rosie OrtizLas Vegas, NV
Event Coordinator
Sean Arghami
Sean ArghamiLas Vegas, NV
Ballroom Liason
Janel Green
Janel GreenLas Vegas, NV
Dance Camp Liason
Tiffany Cray
Tiffany CrayLas Vegas, NV
Assistant to the Organizer
Martha Pohl
Martha PohlBoise, ID
Assistant to the Organizer

Graphics & Social Media

Ashley Witter
Ashley WitterLas Vegas, NV
Graphics Director
Morgan Wissel
Morgan WisselPortland, OR
Social Media Director
Jason Eng
Jason EngLas Vegas, NV
Social Media Team
Nicole Yniguez
Nicole YniguezLas Vegas, NV
Social Media Team
Dmitriy Nikolaev
Dmitriy NikolaevLos Angeles, CA
Ballroom Backstage Red Carpet / Interviews

Lead Runner

Ani Mkrtchyan
Ani MkrtchyanGranada Hills, CA

Awards Center

Chandra Johnson
Chandra JohnsonNaples, FL
Awards Coordinator

Music Director

Didio Barrera
Didio BarreraMiami Beach, FL
Keith Todd
Keith ToddMiami Beach, FL
Anjel Ortega
Anjel OrtegaChicago, IL