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.
Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova, Adjudicator, USA
Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova graduated from the Moscow University of Culture in promotion and production of cultural public programs. Ekaterina herself is a three-time World Champion ballroom dancer, WDC European champion, multiple champion of Russia, Italy, Ukraine and Spain. She won her first World Cup at the Under 21 age category in Los Angeles, USA in 2006. She was the winner of the prestigious Festival of Dance in Cervia, Italy; the Imperial Dance Championship; and Universal Dance Competition in London, England. She has been a pro teacher on Dancing With The Stars in Italy for five seasons and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance in Russia.
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.
Alisa Suceveanu, Adjudicator, USA
Alisa Suceveanu is a professional dancer, coach, choreographer and FNDL Adjudicator. She was born and raised in Moldova. During her time as an amateur and later professional ballroom dancer she won and was a finalist in multiple International Championships. As a coach she has trained and continues to train kids and adults, many of which have become USA National Champions.
Natalia 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.
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 FNDL USA Representative, WDC International Adjudicator and USA Dance A+ B+ C+ D+ E+ National Adjudicator.
Igor Golovach, Adjudicator, USA
Igor Golovach is a currently active DanceSport athlete specializing in the Amateur Latin division, representing the United States of America. Aside from competing, he is also an NADTA Certified DanceSport Instructor and entrepreneur. A co-founder of WikiDanceSport, Igor has also been involved with the start-up of such upcoming entities as DanceSport Studio (DSS) and DanceSport Rankings (DSR). In 2018, he became the United States Vice-Champion in the Amateur Latin Showdance division.
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.
Salvatore Todaro, Adjudicator, Bulgaria
Michelle Angela Blank, Adjudicator, USA
Michelle Angela Blank is a currently active DanceSport athlete specializing in the Amateur Latin division, representing the United States of America. Aside from competing, she is also an NADTA Certified DanceSport Instructor as well as an entrepreneur. Michelle is the founder of WikiDanceSport as well as entities including DanceSport Studio (DSS), DanceSport Rankings (DSR), and her own DanceSport fashion brand, Michellino. In 2018, she became the United States Vice-Champion in the Amateur Latin Showdance division.
Vladimir Karpov, Adjudicator, USA
Olga Jacobs, Adjudicator, USA
Olga Jacobs is an international performer and competitor. Ever since she graduated from St. Petersburg University Russia with B.A in Dance in 2000, she has performed with Philharmonic Society Dance Company around the world. She has performed featured roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Esmeralda, Blue Bird, Swan Lake and many more. She has also studied Ballroom with some of the world’s most experienced professionals including Bill Davis, Kasia Kozak, Eulia Baranovsky, Steven Dougherty, Olga Kormanovskaya, Linda Jackson, Charles Jones and David Medeiros. She specializes in International Latin, International Standard, and American Smooth.