Judges 2019

Judges 2019

Richard d'AltonRichard d'Alton (Ireland) – Richard d'Alton (Ireland) – Dance Judge, graduated Dancer and Teacher of the National Ballet School of Cuba. He has joined the National Ballet of Cuba, later on joined the Orlando Ballet as a Principal Artist. In his career he has danced the greatest ballet roles. He has also danced contemporary with best choreographers and as a 'Dancer Representative' for Orlando Ballet. He has a big success as an internationally recognized teacher teaching in many companies around the world at the best ballet and dance academies and schools – USA, Romania, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Norway, England, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Check Republic, Lithuania and Portugal. Richard d’Alton is choreographing at world famous operas.

Mr. d'Alton's dancers have been accepted to prestigious schools as the Royal Ballet School (Covent Garden), the John Cranko Schule (Stuttgart, Germany), the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Académie Princess Grace – Monte Carlo, The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, among many others, and they have received scholarships to schools such as the The Ailey School, Kirov Academy, and Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Artistic Director of International Ballet of Houston from 2006 to 2015. Currently Mr. d'Alton is the Senior Classical Teacher at Conservatório de Dança do Vale do Sousa in Portugal.

Gordana OrescaninGordana Orescanin (Serbia) - Gordana Orescanin is a Master Professor of Dance and a founder of the “Viva Dance University Club” since 1993 that became the famous “Viva Dance Academy” since 2012 specializing in Theatre Jazz Dance where she still works as a choreographer. Mrs. Orescanin also founded the Yugoslavian Association of Dance Organizations since 1996 with her colleagues in Belgrade. Since then, she is preparing and organizing the National Dance Team for different international competitions as the Sport Director of National Federation.

Since 2012 she is a General Secretary of the National Dance Federation and the Vice President of World Artistic Dance Federation which is responsible for education and development of Stage Dance department of WADF. Since 2015 she is nominated for WADF Academy as the lecturer for young Choreographers and Judges. Gordana loves her job!

Marco BattiMarco Batti (Italy) - Founder and Director of Baleto di Siena, Founder and Artistic Director of the Professional Education course in a.s.d Ateneo della Danza where he teaches Ballet, Contemporary, Contact, Duos, Pointe Technique, ABT Affiliate Teacher. Marco Batti has studied dance methodology at The Royal Ballet School in London, studied and certified by Vaganova Academy of S. Petersburg, certified teacher in Gyrotonic Expansion System, also graduated the University of Florence- Medicine and Surgery, Sports and Physical Sciences department.

Marco has also studied in the following schools - The Ailey School (Horton method), The Martha Graham School, Limon Institute, The Merce Cunningam Studio, Paul Taylor School, Isadora Duncan Foundation, Studio Maestro, and Suzanna Marek. Marco is a guest teacher in USA, Cuba, Spain, England, Bosnia, France, and Italy and for first time in Bulgaria at MAGIC WORLD International Dance Festival.

Marco has a numerous awards as a Best Choreographer at different competitions, also in University Association UNIXTUTTI of Siena, First Italian Teacher to graduate from the American Ballet Theater ® National Training Curriculum, member of CID-UNESCO. He registers his own methods – 1) Biomechanics of Dance in Water Method, 2) The CAVALCARDANZANDO Method: a playing – educative path between horse riding and dance; 3) C.J.M.B. Method (Contemporary Jazz Marco Batti).

Naike NegrettiNaike Negretti (Italy/ USA) - choreographer and dance judge.She teaches contemporary jazz dance, hip hop, street jazz, music video dance, Active Isolated Flexibility. She began to train in its various forms in Italy and her career started at only 7 years old with the appearance in theatres and television programs, and then continue in the following years up to choreograph and dance around the United States and Europe (Scotland , Great Britain, Czech Republic , Italy). She danced in New York City for " DANCE 2XS " and as a soloist for "DECADANCETHEATRE”, MTV and BET.

She held closed classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and classes open to Active Isolated Flexibility at the same institute. She was a faculty at Arias Dance NYC, "World Dance Movement" directed by Michele Assaf, "Dance Without Limits" in Prague, "Sud&Broadway" in Italy sponsored by the Broadway Dance Center of New York City, "Choreographic Showcase" Olbia, "Dance Master Class" in Italy and Spain and La Luna Dance Center in Ancona,Firenze & Danza,Concorso Maria Toth and the Bucharest Dance Festival.

Naike works in the U.S. and Europe, choreographer for several studies around the world and works for Broadway Dance Center of New York City, inside of the Education Department for foreign students, which deals with students who want to start to professionalism in the prestigious American school.She also teaches and works for Dance Theatre USA ,an American event organization directed by Loree Russeau.
Emmanouela TsistrakiEmmanouela Tsistraki (Greece) - Dancer,choreographer, dance teacher, WADF adjudicator and owner of a dance studio in Athens, member of the Dance Clubs- the biggest chain of dance studios in Greece. She is teaching ballroom and Latin (AMERICAN &INTERNATIONAL style) Caribbean dances, oriental and hip hop specializing in the Argentine Tango.

She is an initiator in her country creating for first time in 2014 a team of men dancing belly dance. They gained distinctions not only abroad in competitions but by participating as well in a famous talent show of the Greek Television.

She has graduated from the New York College in Athens with studies in Public Relations and has been awarded by it with the degrees of Bachelor and Master.
Milan FulopMilan Fulop (Hungary) - WADF International adjudicator.

Milan is a coach of the C&M Dance Studio and dancer.

His dance life started when he was 8 years old, competiting in ballroom and latin dances for 19 years.

Milan graduated as a dancesport instructor in ballroom and latin dances, also specialized in Stage Artistic disciplines.

Milan is organizer of the WADF INTERNATIONAL BEACH DANCE CUP in Siófok, Hungary at the Balaton lake.
Brindusa VitanVitan Brindusa (Romania) - Teacher of Ballet History and Classical Dance at the National College of Arts “Ion Vidu”, Timisoara. Ballet teacher at “Incubatorul de Arte” dance, music and theatre private school, Timisoara Brindusa has graduated the Choregraphy Highschool “Octavian Stroie”, Cluj Napoca, National College of Arts “Ion Vidu”, Timisoara and the Arts Academy “Gheorghe Dima”, Cluj Napoca – graduated choreography pedagogy profile. She has participated at a training course in contemporary dance called Energy and Space in Jose Limon Technique with Massimo Gerardi. In 2014 also trained a Vaganova technique held by famous teachers of this school. Since 9 years she has participated at the National Choreography Olympics where obtained many prizes. She has also achieved many prizes in ballet and contemporary with her own choreographies.

Since 2016 Vitan Brindusa has opened her private dance, music and theatre school, achieving several national and international prizes: - Daor Grand Prix Romania - grand prize and qualification for the international contest Vaib 2019 (Vienna International Experience), also with special awards for classical and character dance. - Qualification for the Dance World Cup 2019, which will take place this year in Portugal, sections classical dance and contemporary dance. Participation at Dance Star Romania Qualifier, Cluj Napoca, and qualification for the League A at the international dance contest in Croatia.
Francois BernardFrancois Bernard (Switzerland) - Francois is an Ambassador for the World Artistic Dance Federation (WADF) and official judge, he is a member of the World dance Council and President of the WAPA (World Association of Performing Arts), chapter Switzerland. More than 30 years he is working with dancing. As a successful professional dancer, competitor and now trainer, coach and international judge he dedicates his life to the art of dance.

Francois organized two World championships and many national competitions in couple dances. But his career as a dancer brought him mainly around the world in many theatre, dance companies and cruise lines.

As a multilingual professional he is involved in several dance studios in Asia and Europe and gives workshops around the world in couple and stage dance, he is a partner of “The Robert Fashion Dance – Italy”. He brought more than 40 couples and individual dancers to World, European and National titles.
Maria MeoniMaria Meoni (Italy) - The main aim of Maria Meoni is to promote the Art of Dance and to work for its education, training, performance.

She is organizing a very important event called “Jesolo Dance Festival” in Italy.

НHer agency MM organizes many events, which are promoting dance and dance activities with very talented dancers and choreographers and through their performances to attract audience attention to the beauty of Modern/ Contemporary dance performances.

Maria Meoni is highly experienced with dance events such as Danzando per la Mamma (Jesoro), W La Danza (Roma), Talenti alla Ribalta ( Argenta), Festival Salento in Danza (Salento), Festival Pinzolo in Danza (Trento), Festival Promesse della Danza (Potenza).
Michal MilewskiMichal MIlewski (Poland)– Professional dancer, Member of PTT, WDC and WADF.



Mihal is holder of the highest dance class in the world "S", certified choreographer, international referee of the PZST Federation (ballroom dancing), IDSA (social dance), WDC (ballroom dancing), WADF (street dance, hip hop, jazz, modern, contemporary, latino, salsa, caribbean, tango, folk).

ПDancers' consultant in Poland, Georgia and Ukraine, Organizer of the WADF European Championship in Poland in 2015, 2016 and World Championship WADF 2019.

Main judge at the WADF World Championships in Liberec and the WDF European Championships in Moscow.
Marina AleshinaMarina Aleshina (Russia)- Former professional ballroom dancer, now ballroom coach with 17 years of experience.

WDC AL European champion, World Vice-Champion, Russian Dance Union champion. WDC and WADF international adjudicator.

Now Flamenco dancer, regularly performing and participating in master-classes in Spain with the leading Flamenco teachers.
Roland KovacsRoland Kovacs (Romania) - International WADF judge, WADF Ambassador for Romania, President of ROK ART Cultural Sportive Association in Romania, Choreographer at ROK DANCE. Roland has graduated the National College of Art ION VIDU Timisoara and also worked in collaboration with the National Opera in Timisoara. With his great experience he studied also psychology and personal development, which helps him with the politics in the dance world.

Roland is also a choreographer and a teacher at ROK Dance, whose achievements are leading to the winners’ positions at championships like World Championships in WADF, IFMD championships, winning awards at dance tournaments and festivals in Austria, Serbia, Check Republic, Greece, Poland, and Hungary.

He is an organizer of great events together with Oana Kovacs and with the coordination of WADF at International Open Dance events and European Dance Championship in Timisoara, Romania.
Little PhilLittle Phil (Belgium) Teacher and choreographer at Academy Talent Show. He works with Academy RAI 1 and Academy RAI 2. He is famous with participating in Dance n Hold Jim TV, Ti Lascio una canzonne RAI 1.

Phil has done the trailer’s choreography for Fame movie. He also participates in many videos of world famous singers such like Justin Timberlake (Summer Love), Craig David (Hot Stuff, Whats yr Flava), Mariah Carey (It’s like that, Shake it off, We belong), Se7en (Crazy), Britney Spears, Back Street Boys, Jeanette Biederman, Brandy, Outcast, Wu Tang Clan and many others. He works with them in their tours and concerts as a choreographer, dancer and supporting actor.

Phil is working with Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Freddy, BMW, Opel, Rifle jeans, Oneil, Interjeans, Fibbo, etc. He works in Italy very often. This year he will be again a part of the judge team at MAGIC WORLD Festival.
Maria RetsaМария Реца (Гърция) - Judge with international championship adjudicator WADF& WDC license qualified in Ballroom (Standard) &Latin. Maria Retsa lives in Athens and works as a teacher, choreographer and coach in Standard and Latin dances.

While working as a dancer she took up acting lessons and performed in several plays.

She gained her knowledge with renowned trainers and choreographers at home country and abroad. She has participated in international competitions in Standard dances.

For over 15 years she owned and ran dance studios. Currently she is the headquarters delegate of the dance club The Mall of Dance.

Dimitris KraniasDimitris Kranias (Greece) - WADF and WDC international judge, certified dance instructor. In 2002 owner of Gene Kelly Melissia Athens and since 2006 owner of other 6 Gene Kelly dance studios and in In 2007 main shareholder of 40% Gene Kelly mark and owner in 2009 of the biggest dance Club. In 2012 opens the first dance studio of “The Dance Club – The Mall of Dance” franchising and hence on the chain counts present time 30 dance studios all over the Greece and in Cyprus.

Mr. Kranias nowadays holds the 3rd biggest dance studio chain all over the world and unique in Greece, which achieves to develop and teach dances such as Arg. Tango, Salsa, Hip-Hop, and Oriental with a unique officially recorded method.

Dimitris Kranias is a Coordinator of the largest dance competition in Greece – The Mall of Dance Competition. He is a Representative of Greece in European festival of folk dances in Majorca, also corporates as dance instructor and choreographer with local famous theater artists and singers, choreographs for with famous fashion designers in Greece in various fashion shows. Participates in the most well known tv dance show, “Dancing with the Stars 1 & 2” of Greece as a choreographer and partner of the most standout personality the councilor of the Greek parliament Mrs. Fotini Pipili.

Dusan VodlanDusan Vodlan (Slovenia) - WADF judge and official judge of the Slovenian Association of Dance Associations Saltare. Dušan Vodlan is a sport director of the Dance club Lukec, founded in 1990. For over 25 years he has been an active dancer in ST and LA dances, tap dancer, jazz dance, disco, show dances, hip hop, folklore dances throughout the former Yugoslavia. As a coach and choreographer, he worked in the domestic club for over 35 years as well as in other clubs in Slovenia.

In 2004 he received a golden plaque for his 30 year performance and successful development of dance in Krško, a plaque for the story which began in 1974. For his 40 years of work in the field of dance, he received a very rare award in 2014, named the Golden Medal for "Living with Dance" by the Association of Cultural Associations of Slovenia. In his successful career, he had won a huge number of medals at national, European and World championships with his dancers. He is most proud of the fact that his sons Sebastian and Luka fell in love with dancing as well and are more than successfully continuing his work in the dance field.
Petya MilushevaPetya Milusheva (Bulgaria)– Coach of the Sport dance club "Haskovo" in "Zarya-1858" Community Centre and a member of the Bulgarian Federation of Sport Dances. She is a licensed “AN” category judge, which is the highest level in the judging system of the Federation. She takes part in state and international events and competitions. Mrs. Petya Milusheva graduates the Choreographer Institute in Plovdiv city and later on she specializes in the National Sport Academy with sport dances speciality. She teaches classical ballet as well. Already for 30 years she is working with couples, who win the prizes of the sport dance tournaments in Bulgaria and abroad. The 13 dance couples from the highest rang “International” are the reason for the club and the city of Haskovo to be proud with. Mrs. Milusheva works with a professional pedagogical style, patience and with love for the dance itself.

Since 2004 she works with Formation programs from Latin and Standard couple dances. The youth formations of club "Haskovo" are champions of Bulgaria for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 and semi finalists from the European Championships for Formation programs. The Child Formation "Haskovo" represents the Federation at big sport forums and is a champion for 2012.

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