Judges Bios

2016 Confirmed Adjudicators

Pierre Allaire — Chairman of Judges (Montreal)

Pierre Allaire - Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix

  • Canadian Amateur Latin and Standard champion
  • 12 times undefeated Canadian professional Ten-Dance champion
  • Canadian and North American Professional Standard and Latin champion
  • Open British Professional Rising Star Latin champion
  • World Professional Ten-Dance grand finalist
  • Recipient of the Feather Award for “Most Outstanding Couple outside USA.”
  • Recipient of “Legends of Dance” award
  • Recipient of Can-Am Dancesport “Special Achievement” award
  • Choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Canada
  • World Amateur and Professional Championship adjudicator
  • Co-organizer of Danse Sport Montréal

Mireille Veilleux (Montreal)

Mireille Veilleux - Rocky Mountain Dancesort Grand Prix

  • Canadian Amateur Latin and Standard Champion
  • 12 times undefeated Canadian Professional Ten-Dance Champion
  • Canadian and North American Professional Standard and Latin Champion
  • Open British Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
  • World Professional Ten-Dance grand finalist
  • Recipient of the Feather Award for “Most Outstanding Couple Outside USA.”
  • Recipient of “Legends Of Dance Award.”
  • Recipient of Can-Am Dancesport “Special Achievement” Award.
  • World Amateur and Professional championship adjudicator.
  • Choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
  • Co-organizer of Danse Sport Montréal.

Benoit Drolet (Edmonton)

Benoit Drolet Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand PrixOriginally from Montreal, Canada, Benoit has traveled to over 30 countries competing, demonstrating, lecturing and adjudicating. The competitive side of his career brought some amazing moments, notably making final in Blackpool, and making the final at the European Championship in 1993 representing England, something he is extremely proud of. In 1999, Benoit joined the acclaimed show Burn The Floor and went on touring for over a year throughout Australia, Europe and America. Benoit ran most of the Ballroom rehearsals as well as tweaking choreographies and coaching couples for the show. Accomplishments

  •  BRITISH, UK & INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPION
  • CANADIAN & NORTH AMERICAN AMATEUR CHAMPION

Benoit has represented Great Britain and has earned many prestigious titles, such as:

  • UNITED KINGDOM CLOSED PROFESSIONAL CHAMPION
  • CANADIAN MASTERS PROFESSIONAL CHAMPION
  • EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM & CLOSED BRITISH GRAND FINALIST
  • GERMAN OPEN, DUTCH OPEN, JAPAN INTERNATIONAL FINALIST

Beth Knoll (Portland)

Beth KnollBeth started dancing on the formation team at the University of Southern California and within six years went on to become US National Professional Ballroom Champion. After retiring from International Ballroom, she went on to become a respected professional finalist in American Style Smooth. Throughout her career, she has been a studio owner, competition organizer, dance director, US Challenge of Champions Pro/Am Top Teacher Vice-Champion, examiner for two US teaching organizations (DVIDA and Terpsichore), is the current Secretary for the Professional Dancers’ Federation and a featured expert on DanceSportExperts.com, and is on the NDCA’s Invigilation Committee, which establishes standards for competitions within the US. Beth also holds a degree in Gerontology and volunteers at retirement communities. This fascinating field has given her the opportunity to teach seated ballroom dancing to non-ambulatory memory care residents.


France Mousseau (Montreal)

France Mousseau - Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix CalgaryFrance Mousseau is among the most respected dancesport professional in the World. She has been finalist at all of the major dancesport competitions, including Blackpool, the World Ten-Dance Championships and is ten-time Canadian Professional Latin Champion. France judges and trains many of the World’s top dancers today.

 

 

 


Diana Lefebvre (Calgary)

Diana Lefebvre

Diana, a native Albertan has invested 20 years in the development of dancesport in Alberta. Starting off in the Arthur Murray chain, Diana eventually became a Canadian 10 Dance Finalist and was the first Albertan to represent Canada at a World Professional Championship. She is the co-director of Dancesport MD with her husband Martin Lefebvre and together they represented Canada for 6 years, including at the World Professional Latin Championships in Innsbruk, Austria. She is proud to have sent many dancers to finals week of So You Think You Can Dance CANADA, including 2 dancers who made the top 20. She has trained many Canadian finalists and has sent 4 couples to World Championship Dancesport events. Diana is also the creator and owner of Burlesquercise, an award winning fitness company in Calgary.

 

 


Anya Katsevman (New York)

anya_smlAnya Katsevman has starred in the touring shows of Dancing with the Stars and Burn the Floor, she has performed for U.S. President Barack Obama and performed with El Gran Combo at Madison Square Gardens. Anya is an undefeated 2 time World Salsa Champion On2, and has won Salsa Championships and performed all over the world. She is a trained dancer and coach on the International Latin dance circuit and is currently a judge of the World Salsa Summit.

 


Danny Quilliam (Montreal)

danny quilliam

  • World Professional Showdance Ballroom Finalist
  • Canadian Amateur & Professional Ballroom Champion
  • North American Amateur & Professional Ballroom Champion
  • Ohio Star Ball Amateur Ballroom Champion
  • So You Think You Can Dance Canada Choreographer
  • New York Dance Force Choreographer
  • Organizer of Canadance Championships in Ottawa .

 

 

 

 


Michel Guimond (Vancouver)

michel guimond

  • National and International CDF/WDC Adjudicator (Ballroom, Latin-American, Smooth and Rhythm)
  • NDCC newly appointed Director
  • Vancouver Challenge Cup Co-organizer
  • Capilano University Theatre Department Ballroom consultant and Master Class teacher since 2008
  • Vancouver’s Theatre Under The Stars Ballroom consultant and 2005 ‘Aida Broadbent Award’ recipient for Professional Performance and Conduct
  • Creator of the Guimond Scrutineer Training Course which has been used to bring 17 new Canadian CDF certified scrutineers over many years
  • Former CDTA Alberta branch President
  • Former CDTA BC branch Ballroom division Chairman


Delphine Romaire (Edmonton)

delphine romaire– 8 times Amateur Canadian Champion
-16 times Amateur Quebec Champion
– North American Standard Champion
– 19 times Canadian representative at the World Championships
– Runner up at the Asian Latin Open in 2000
– Co found and co-owner of Elite Dance Studio in Edmonton, Alberta
– A+ and NCA CDF adjudicator

 

 


Michelle Officer (New York)

Michelle Officer


Louis van Amstel — Los Angeles

Louis van Amstel pictureLouis Van Amstel is known around the world as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars. He is an Emmy nominated choreographer, creator of La Blast fitness, and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. Louis is a 3 time world dance champion, a world renowned judge, and is a true celebrity in our industry.

Louis has an extensive background as a professional choreographer, coach and trainer.

He has also choreographed for Fox’s “Lie to Me” and he trained the contestants on ABC’s reality show, “The Bachelor Pad.”

Louis served as choreographer, creative director, and performer for the immensely popular “Dancing with the Stars” live stage show in 2006 and 2007, bringing his unique teachings and edgy style to millions of dancing fans around the U.S. Louis’ artistic and inspired choreography brought ballroom to the people and his creative vision helped to make the “Dancing with the Stars” tour one of the most successful live shows.