Alex Spencer, MC
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. In addition he is a USA Dance Certified Adjudicator (A+C+D+).
Alina Spencer, Adjudicator
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. Alina is an USA Dance C++D++ adjudicator.
Katusha Wilder, Adjudicator
Katusha Wilder is a Professional Dancer and Professional teacher with over 30 years’ experience within the DanceSport industry. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg Russia. She began her dance career at the age of 5. She continued dancing in Russia until the age of 18 earning various Junior, Youth and Amateur Titles in Standard, Latin and Ten Dance Categories in Russia. In 2002 after getting married to her husband Ruslan she moved to US where she continued her dance career with him. In addition to being a Professional Ballroom/Latin dancer and being First and Multiple-time United States Professional Representative to the WDSF PD World Championships, Katusha holds a degree in Physical education/ Therapy and Fitness, Masters in Kinesiology and she is also a certified Professional Make-Up artist. Katusha is a current USADance National Championship Adjudicator, co-owner of Imperial Ballroom Dance Center in NY & NJ and an organizer of the Largest Independent DanceSport camp in USA called Independence Day Ball DanceSport Camp. Today, Katusha continues with their passion and love not only of introducing people to dance, but also coaching, teaching and producing National Finalists. She has produced National Champions in various age, disciplines and level categories, teaching them to use the art of dance not only to express but to better themselves in order for them to achieve their dance goals.
Liene Reinbold, Adjudicator
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 the Owner of Dance Harmony, an independent Ballroom Dance Studio located in Alpharetta, GA.
Martin Reinbold, Adjudicator
Martin was born in Lithuania and started taking dance lessons at the age of 5. At the age of 18, he was granted a scholarship and was accepted to study ballroom dance in Lithuanian Sports University (LSU). During his time at LSU, he met his current dance partner Liene. They formed a long lasting dance team and began competing together in 1998. In 2001, after graduating from LSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Ballroom Dance, Martin continued his graduate studies and in 2003 graduated with a Master’s diploma and major in Sports Psychology. Martin had the privilege to represent Lithuania and Latvia in many Professional ballroom dance competitions – World and European championships, UK Open, International Open, British Open, and German Open Dance Championships. Martin is a highly demanded dance professional: competitor, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator, and coach. He shares his knowledge and insight with students from Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, California, and New York. Five years in a row he was awarded a Top Teacher Award at the United States Dance Championships. Martin is an active member of National Dance Council of America (NDCA), World Dance Council (WDC), American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), Professional Dance Vision International Dancers Association (ProDVIDA). He is Certified Dance Teacher, Certified Professional Competitor, and WDC and NDCA certified Ballroom Dance Judge.
Vladimir Karpov, Adjudicator
Yelena Vesnovskaya, Adjudicator
Yelena has been teaching and training champions for the past 30 years. From a very young age of seven, she studied Ballet, Character, Modern, and Contemporary dance in Russia. At age twelve she discovered Ballroom Dancing, which quickly became her primary style of dance. Her teaching journey began at age of 14 in her home town of Nakhodka, Russia. Yelena attended the Culture and Performing Arts University (NOKK) in Novosibirsk Russia, where she graduated with degrees in Choreography and Ballet Mastery. During her studies at the University Yelena met her final partner in dance and in life, Lev Vesnovskiy. Together they developed the curriculum for the first fully Ballroom Dance Department at the University of NOKK, where they were both head administrators. In December of 2001 Yelena opened Atlantic Ballroom Dance Studio. Here her primary focus has been to raise children to be determined and passionate competitors.
Katrina Volgina, Organizer
Katrina is a professional competitor, coach, choreographer and adjudicator and current VP of DanceSport for USA Dance. She danced competitively in Russia for 20 years and represented Russia at international competitions including the 1998 Olympic Asian Games. As an instructor, Katrina has taught children and adults all over the world, including Korea, China, Macau, and Hong Kong. In 2007 she came to United States and 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. 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. Katrina is a WDSF International Adjudicator and USA Dance A+ B+ C+ D+ National Adjudicator.