Judges 2017

JUDGES 2017

Loree ResseauLoree Resseau (USA) - Director of Dance Theatre USA. She is a leading dance educator, choreographer, judge and dance industry entrepreneur. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she is the director and CEO of Dance Theatre USA /DTUSA International a New York based company. Loree started her successful dance academy and international performance company in the Detroit, Michigan area and over the years under Loree's direction have been awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to art schools and universities all over the world. She is working very strongly for cultural exchange programs between dancers and artists in the U.S. and Europe and presenting scholarships all over the world.

Some of these exchanges include La Luna Dance Center in Ancona, Italy and the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. Loree has also designed several dance camps for colleges and universities throughout USA.

Loree Resseau will be in Bulgaria for a first time at MAGIC WORLD International Dance Festival in Haskovo city, where she will be a part of the judge panel. She will award the most talented dancers at the event with few very valuable scholarships for free classes at Dance Theater USA.

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.
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.
Barbara GattoBarbara Gatto (Italy) - Founder and Director of professional Dance Centre “Arte Danza Novara” Teacher, Choreographer, Modern jazz freelance, and floor barre discipline. Barbara has graduated the International Dance Centre in Milan by Maria Teresa Del Medico and Renato Greco, studied Mattox with Annatina Hug in Genoa.

She attended Enzo Paolo Turchi School in Rome, and worked together with him and Marcello Stramacci. She improved in "Off Jazz" Nice with G.Loringett. She worked in Italian Television as dancer in TV shows. For three years she participated with “Renato Zero” as dancer and choreographer in the musical: "Provaci Ancora Italia". She produced and choreographed many shows - " Omaggio al Cinema”, “La Favola Mia “, “Viaggio nel Tempo”, "Suspiri", "MariNella Nebbia", "Alice in Waterland”, ”Jubox” “ and “In questo contesto”.

Due to the excellent preparation of her students and her choreographies, “Arte Danza” won numerous competitions of big value. Since 2010 she is a resident teacher of modern jazz and floor barre discipline in “Moncalvo SUMMER Camp”. In 2015 and 2016 she is artistic director of the “Moncalvo Festival Gala” (special guests: Carla Fracci, Roberto Fascilla, Beppe Menegatti). Since 2009 she is artistic director of the “Novara International Dance Competition”.
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.
Oana KovacsOana Kovacs (Romania) – International WADF judge, Vice-president or ROK ART Cultural Sportive Association, Choreographer or ROK DANCE. She graduated Choreography the National School of Arts in Romania.

Oana is a talented choreographer working also as 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.

She is an organizer of great events together with Roland Kovacs and with the coordination of WADF at International Open Dance events and European Dance Championship in Timisoara, Romania.
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.
Triina UttTriina Utt (Estonia) - WADF & IDO International Adjudicator

She started her dancing career as a ballroom dancer. She continued dancing as part of the Tartu University Folk Dance Group after which she soon founded her own folk dance group in 1987. She graduates in 1991 with a professional dance trainer diploma from Estonian Folk Culture Centre.

Since 1994, Triina has worked as a judge in various international dance competitions, festivals and championships and holds an International Dance Judge licence from both International Dance Organisation as well as World Artistic Dance Organisation. She has also served as the Baltic States coordinator for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in organizing dance events and competitions.

She is the main organizer of WADF North European Championship held annually in Tallinn - a competition known for its high level dancing, precise schedules and fun atmosphere.
Dejan NikolicDejan Nikolic (Montenegro) - Graduates the Faculty of Sport and Physical Culture Nis, Serbia as a dance teacher. Since 1994 he is teaching at Dance Club Jet-Set, Podgorica. In 1996 he is one of the founders of Montenegro Dance Sport Federation. In 2000 Dejan founded the Dance Club "Habanera" based in Bar (Montenegro).

Since 2000 he is a Licensed National Judge of JAPO (Yugoslav Association of Dance Organizations) and since 2011 is a Licensed International Judge of IDO (International Dance Organization). He has a long experience as an international professional judge at many World and European championships.

He was a president of the Union of Modern Dance Montenegro for the period 2008-2012. Today, Dejan is a Vice President of the Montengro Dance Sport Federation.
Teele UttTeele Utt (Estonia) - WADF and IDO International Adjudicator

Teele graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a degree in Music Education, having spent a year at the Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid. She has given masterclasses, workshops and trainings globally in more than 50 countries, including a six month tour in the United States of America with the Singers of United Lands, and a two month tour of South Africa where she introduced Estonian folk dance and music to audiences of all ages.
Teele has also worked as a music, creativity, and movement teacher in many Estonian schools and kindergartens. She is a co-founder and a member of a non-profit music group called Time Ensemble, whose vision is to unite the world through the universal language of music.

Teele has worked as a judge for various international dance competitions, festivals and championships, and holds an International Dance Judge license from both the International Dance Organization as well as the World Artistic Dance Organization. She has also served for many years as the Chairman of Judges at the North European Championships, held in Tallinn annually.
Dimitrios TsakirisDimitrios Tsakiris (Greece) - International Dance Judge of WDC & WADF. -General Secretary of WAPA (Greece Section). -President of Athletic & Social Dance Association of Thessaloniki "SENSO". -Creator/Organizer of CROWD International Dance Festival in Thessaloniki (Greece). -Creator of programs Fitness Dance Greek and Special Kids..Special Needs - Dance for All for the Persons with Disabilities.

His career as a dancer developed not only on stage but attending seminars and programs of the National Dance Council of Greece, the Hellenic Sport Dance Federation, the World Dance Council and World Dance Organization with more than 40 wins at National and International Dance Championships. Dimitrios Tsakiris is a Professional Dance Teacher in Traditional dances, Contemporary, Ballroom and Latin dances (American and International style), Argentine tango, Caribbean dances, Belly dance, Hip Hop, Bollywood dance and Fitness Dance.

He has also attended in classical ballet and has graduated the Sport Psychology Degree at the American College in Greece and has Specialized in Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs (PWD) of the University of Macedonia.
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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