Officials



Dana Edward 

Dana is a retired American and Canadian/American professional American Smooth and Rhythm Champion. She’s been teaching for 23 years. She worked for Fred Astaire Dance studios for 9 years and has  owned her own dance studio called Invitation To Dance in Hilliard, Ohio since 2001.

She was the head coach for the Competitive and Formation teams for the DanceSport at OSU team from 2009 to 2012.   She currently Coaches Amateur couples to compete at NDCA and USA dance competitions

Licentiate American degrees in Ballroom, Rhythm and Theatre Arts with the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing  (USISTD)Licentiate degrees in International Ballroom and Latin with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.  (ISTD)Member of the 2016 USISTD's National Committee.




 Trevor Luff

Trevor Luff is an adjudicator for WDSF, USA Dancesport, and collegiate competitions 
Invigilator for USA Dancesport competitions, and chairman of judges for collegiate competitions, adjudicated/invigilated USA Dancesport Nationals 2015, 2016.   

He is WDSF Certified and Certified with Standard, Latin, Judging System 2.1.

He holds Triple Licentiate degree’s through the USISTD: American Smooth, rhythm, & Theatre arts.
Dual Fellowship degree’s I.S.T.D. International Standard & Latin.

Travelled throughout most of Asia teaching in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Taught for over 25 years; organizing Medal tests, local competitions.

Trevor has  administered the USISTD medal exams after recently moving to Atlanta.
 





Martin Smith 

Martin began his professional career in 1982 with Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durban, South Africa. He is qualified as a licentiate/member in all four major styles of Ballroom Dancing with certifications from the US and UK. 

He left South Africa for the US in 1999.   At that time he was the undefeated Kwazulu/Natal Provincial (state) Standard Champion and ranked 4th in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  While in South Africa contributed to the development underprivileged dancers.

He has trained a number of dancers from various countries around the world, many of whom have become top 
professionals.

He has judged at many top DanceSport competitions for both the NDCA and USA Dance: Nationals in Baltimore MD, California Open DanceSport Championships, Carolina Fall Classic among many others.

Currently Martin is the Dance Director for Dance Sport VA in Virginia Beach.  Martin thoroughly enjoys his vocation and believe that dance education is a life changing experience for both the teacher and the student.  In addition to being a top DanceSport judge, Martin is also a professional surfing judge.




                                                                 Karita Yli-Piipari  

Karita started to dance at the age of 10 in her native country Finland. During her career she won numerous international and national titles including 15 Finnish National Championships titles in ballroom, latin, and 10-dance in both amateur and professional categories.   She is a former World & European 10 Dance Finalist, International and United Kingdom Ballroom Rising Star Finalist, and Blackpool Ballroom Semi-Finalist. Karita is a WDSF judge, and she has judged numerous WDSF World, Continental, and Grand Slam Championships. Currently, she lives in Athens, GA.



DJ  Bryan Bishop
Bryan Bishop is a social ballroom dancer, amateur competitor and USA Dance board member and officer.  He served on USA Dance and USABDA local boards of directors in both the Greater Atlanta (#6005) and Green Mountain (#3033) chapters for a combined seventeen years.  He has competed as an amateur in Standard and Latin divisions in USA Dance Nationals in San Jose, Minneapolis and Baltimore.  Bryan started ballroom, swing and latin dancing in the mid-1990s and was a ballroom DJ for nine years in Vermont serving USABDA and USA Dance chapter dances, studio dances and the Green Mountain Classic competition in Burlington, Vermont. 


MC - Cindy Johnson 

Cindy Johnson began her training and teaching career with the Arthur Murray Studio in Fort Worth, Texas.  As a competitor she progressed to the level Professional Rising Star Champion. Cindy moved to Atlanta in 1984 and taught at Atlanta Ballroom Dance Centre owned by Jackie Walls.

Cindy is a frequent DJ and MC at many local ballroom dance parties, competitions and social events (ABDC, USA Dance, Atlanta Dance, Coolanta). She was deck captain for the Southeastern Regional Amateur Championship during its Atlanta years.  As "Deck Captain Extraordinaire" she kept dancers in line, on time and ready to dance.

Today Cindy coaches social, performance, competitive male and female dancers in all the following styles: Smooth, Standard, Rhythm Latin, Swing and Country. She keeps busy with a steady schedule of private lessons, group classes and workshops for beginning to advanced dancers.

Cindy believes that dancing is a most pleasurable and personal form of communication ...something everyone can use. 


Organizer/ Holly Iyer  

In her childhood, Holly Iyer was the tester of new steps with her mother, the ballroom dance teacher.  Mom’s classes were in the evening in her basement and Holly sat on the steps watching her mother and the dancers. In her adult life, Holly and her husband Hari took dance lessons 3 times spread over their 40+year marriage before it started to be serious. After their first competition, they were addicted! Dancing in the Southeast, Gumbo, North Carolina, and Louisville, she always wanted a major Amateur Dance competition in Atlanta. When she mentioned this to people they would all agree but only Mark Garber said let’s do it. And here we are on our way, thanks to a lot help from a lot of people.


 Registrar/Scrutineer-Mark Garber

Mark Garber is an amateur competitor and competes ProAm with instructor, Natalie Pruitt,  He has been a long time volunteer for USA Dance, both locally and nationally. especially in the area of IT support. Mark started taking social dance classes in his late 30's in order to meet some ladies and improve his social life.  Mark has passed DVIDA medal exams in Standard and is  working on passing more exams in both Standard and Latin.  He looks forward to the day when he can dance one long wall without any errors.  Mark finds benefit in taking dance lessons, one of which there is someone  to tell you stand straight when your mother is no longer around.


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