Daniel Gonzalez, Adjudicator, USA


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Mark Tabor, Scrutineer, USA


Introduced to ballroom dancing in 1993, Mark became involved in competition, and competed for over 15 years. Beginning in 2000, he organized 18 chapter competitions and Six USA Dance Regional Competitions. Throughout this experience, he developed the O2CM system for DanceSport competition management and began scrutineering. Mark moved to Oregon and began teaching at The Ballroom Dance Company in 2008. In 2013, Moved to Fort Worth Texas to better serve O2CM clients across the country at events nearly every other week. He works all levels of events as a scrutineer, including NDCA pro/am events, USA Dance National Championships and WDSF World Championship and World Cups. 

Anna Smodleva, Adjudicator, Canada


Anna Smodleva is a professional 10 dancer who has placed in many international semifinals and finals in both styles. She was a finalist in such prestigious competitions like: 
2009 15th Belgium Open -Professional Standard; 2010 Mayor of Moscow Cup-Professional Standard; 2009 Kedainiai, Lithuania-Professional Latin; 2009 Kedainiai , Lithuania-Professional Latin Show Dance; 2010 Grand Prix Merano, italy- Professional Latin; 2010 XII Spanish Open - Professional Latin. Anna is a proud co-owner of the Dance DNA Academy, one of the premiere dance studios in Canada and one of the top adjudicators in Canadian Dancesport (CDS). She is also certified dance teacher from Moscow Dance Sport Federation (MFTS) since 2008, also certified from Russian Dance Sport Federation “Professional” with level Associate in both Latin and Standard. Since 2011 she holds Adjudicator licenses in World Dance Council (WDC), Ukrainian Dance Sport Association (UDSA), World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF) in Standard, Latin, American Smooth, American Rhythm.

Oleg Kulyba, Adjudicator, USA


Oleg started dancing in Russia when he was four and continued dancing in Belarus at the age of seven when he moved there. He fell in love with dance and attended his first competitions at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. During his early years of training, he performed in all youth events in his country and became a champion at both divisions-standard and latin dancing and kept this title for two years. After moving to Minsk as a teen, he trained at Sigma dance club and got accepted to Belarussian State University with a concentration in dance teaching. At the same time he was representing his country in international level competitions. He changed his concentration from Ten Dance program to latin only and accepted an invite for a new partnership in the USA in 2010 where he continued to successfully compete and teach latin dances. Oleg strongly believes that dance is an art that can help people show their best colors and is always happy to help his students with it. He strongly agrees with Anges De Mille who said: “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful… This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. ”

Alina Spencer, Adjudicator, USA


Alina Spencer grew up dancing in her hometown of Liviv, Ukraine and fell in love with Ballroom and Latin dance at a young age. A true lover of music and movement, Alina brings a brilliant and graceful approach to dance, which has led her to great recognition with partner Alex Spencer. She thrives in the competitive yet artistic world of Ballroom and Latin dance and has become a popular dancer in the professional circuit. Over the course of her career, Alina has won various awards and has placed high in championships around the world, including the Ukrainian National under 21 Latin Champion, Cup of Europe Latin Champion, and 2012 World Championship. When she’s not competing, Alina teaches alongside partner Alex Spencer, where her warmth and humor have made her a popular dance instructor​​.

Natalya Peshkova, Adjudicator, Jamaica


Natalya Peshkova is a professional ballroom dance instructor, dancer and certified judge. She is a member of the World Dance Sport Federation and the International Dance Council. She graduated the Academy of Arts of Kazakhstan as choreographer and ballroom dance instructor. For that past 12 years, Natalya has been the organizer of the International Ballroom Dance Competition 'Miras Cup' along with Kazakhstan National Championships. Natalia is a finalist at the National Championship of Kazakhstan in European program, Adults category. She is also a winner of multiple International Championships in European and Latin-American programs among Adults. She is also coach of Champions of Kazakhstan in European, Latin and 10 Dance Category, Juniors 2; Coach of finalists and winners of Kazakhstan National Championships and Cups in Juvenile 1 and Juvenile 2 Categories; Coach of winners of International competitions in Russia, Kyrgyzstan , Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the Junior 1, Juvenile 1 and Juvenile 2 Categories.

Alex Spencer, Adjudicator, USA


Alex Spencer’s passion for dance began at the age of seven years old. Originally from Atlanta, Alex started his dance career at the Academy of Ballet Arts and danced at various, prestigious schools throughout his younger years. It wasn’t long before ballroom tugged at him, and he has never looked back. Alex officially began his teaching career at local studio after which he relocated to New York City to pursue greater dance opportunities within the Ballroom and Latin dance circuit. Alex’s accomplishments are remarkable, with many awards and recognitions over the years. He has competed nationally and internationally, placing top honors in many open amateur and professional events, including the National Amateur Final and numerous Professional Rising Star Championships. Most impressive is his approachable and exuberant nature that he brings to dance and his teaching. Equally concerned about technique as he is about the people he teaches and dances with, Alex is a respected competitor and a sought-after teacher, and pro-am competitor.


Katrina Volgina, Organizer
Katrina is a professional competitor, coach, choreographer and adjudicator. She is the Southern District Director for the Junior Athletes DanceSport Association (JADA). Katrina danced competitively in Russia for 20 years and represented Russia at international competitions including the 1998 Olympic Asian Games. In 2007 she came to United States and started dancing in the Professional Division with Rainer Ricks and as a Pro/Am within the NDCA. In 2014 she became the organizer for the amateur competition The Volga Cup, which is held each year to promote amateur DanceSport in the USA. As an instructor, Katrina has taught children and adults all over the world, including Korea, China, Macau, and Hong Kong. Once in the United States Katrina opened Volga Dance Academy, the most successful competitive dance program for children in the Southeast. With her focus on fitness, gymnastics, and dance Katrina has developed some of the area’s best junior, adult, and pro/am students. Katrina is a WDSF "B" Adjudicator, FNDL USA Representative, WDC International Adjudicator and USA Dance A+ B+ C+ D+ E+ National Adjudicator.

VOLGA CUP 

March 3, 2018

Sasha Nissengolts, Adjudicator, USA


Sasha is a highly accomplished and sought after dancer, choreographer, and coach based out of Dance Passion Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She began her dancing career at a young age and quickly became one of the top Latin dancers in the United States. As an amateur competitor she has trained with the world’s top teachers and has achieved great results nationally and internationally. She is NDCA Youth US National Latin Champion, USA Dance National Latin Finalist, London Ball Finalist, International Under 21 Latin Semi-finalist, Ohio Star Ball Under 21 Latin Champion, Ohio Star Ball Amateur Latin Finalist, New Jersey State Open Latin Champion, Holiday Classic Latin Champion, and many others. Her students became US National Champions and World Finalists.

Liene Reinbold, Adjudicator, USA


Liene was born in Riga, Latvia and started taking dance lessons at the age of 4. Ever since, she has competed in national and international ballroom dance competitions in many European countries. At the age of 18 she moved to Lithuania to study ballroom dancing in Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) in Kaunas. A year later she did meet her current dance partner Martin Reinbold and formed a long lasting partnership. In 2000, after graduating from LSU with Bachelor’s degree in Ballroom Dance, Liene continued her graduate studies in Riga, Latvia and in 2002 graduated with Master’s diploma in Small Business Management. Competing with Martin as an amateur until 2005, and then as professional, Liene had represented Latvia and Lithuania in many dance competitions, including World, European, and regional championships, UK Open, British Open, International Open, and German Open Dance Championships. In 2009 Liene and Martin started competing in the United States and their performance did not stay unnoticed – they were offered a top tier dance instructor positions in the leading dance studio in Atlanta, GA and since 2011 Liene and Martin call Atlanta home. Liene is highly demanded dance professional: coach, competitor, teacher, and choreographer. She works with students from Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, and New York. Liene was awarded a prestigious Top Teacher award at the United States Dance Championships in 2015 and 2016. Liene is an active member of National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and World Dance Council (WDC). She is Certified Dance Teacher, Certified Professional Competitor, and Certified Ballroom Dance Adjudicator.


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