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Head Judge

Kathy St. Jean

Kathy St. Jean is Co-Director of The Dancing Feeling in Warwick, RI. Kathy's professional qualifications include: Imperial Society Teachers of Dance, North American Dance Teachers Association, Dance Teachers' Club of Boston, and National Dance Council of America. She is certified through NDCA as Chairman of Judge, Adjudicator and Music Director.

Judges

Randy Deats

Randy Deats is Co-Director (with Kathy St Jean) of The Dancing Feeling in Warwick, RI. His Professional qualifications include: USISTD (Life Member), DTCB/AS (Life Member), and NADTA. He has competed Professionally in both the American and International Styles and is a former North American Latin Champion. He has served on the Boards of the USISTD and the NDCA. He is an NDCA registered Adjudicator, Emcee and Music Director. The Dancing Feeling coaches RIC, Brown, and RWU Ballroom Dance Clubs. Kathy and Randy run several dance events including their New Year's Eve Party (always sells out), The New England Dance Festival in August, and The Patriot Dance Festival in April. The Dancing Feeling hosted the USISTD Congress and Exam session in 2018. For more information, please visit www.dancingfeeling.com.

Wendi Davies

Wendi began dancing while at Princeton studying architecture. A competitive swimmer for many years, she was looking for a new competitive outlet. The daughter of dancing parents, she soon learned of the competitive and athletic nature of Ballroom Dancing. In her amateur career she was ranked third in the United States. She turned professional in 1991 and went on to be ranked second at the United States Championships, and was the winner of "Championship Ballroom Dancing" the popular show on PBS. She was the UK Rising Star Champion, Blackpool Rising Star Runner-up, US Representative to the World Championships and Blackpool Team Match, a finalist at the French Open and the US Open Championships and was ranked 13th in the world. She was co- owner and operator of Ballroom On Fifth in NYC for 12 years and is the co-organizer of the NJ DanceSport Classic competitions.

Karen Pfrommer

Karen Pfrommer began her teaching carreer in 1982 in Boston, MA. She opened her own dance studio in 1991, Dance in Rhythm, LLC, and continues to own it. She is certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). She is also an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University.

Karen has been teaching the Yale Club and Team for over 10 years, and has judged and continues to judge collegiate ballroom competitions.

Alex Scott

Alex began his professional ballroom dancing career at 18 in New York City. His training includes jazz, tap, ballet, theater and voice. After passing his teaching qualification exams, he worked and trained at Fred Astaire in Stamford, CT with owners Gary and Lori Pierce, co-founders of the American Ballroom Theater. In 1990, Alex co-founded and became a coach of the Yale University Ballroom Dance Team. In 1994, he was awarded a national honor for his work with the team. He later co-founded the Yale University Ballroom Theater, a special performance group where he has served as the Artistic Director. While a member of the Imperial Society Teachers of Dance, he earned degrees in: American Smooth and Rhythm, International Standard Associate, and Theater Arts and Performance Associate. Alex has choreographed for numerous venues including television, theater and film. Currently, Alex teaches at Let's Dance in Rhythm and is the co-founder, Artistic Director and choreographer of Connecticut Ballroom Theatre.

Michael Ulbrich

Michael Ulbrich was born, raised and started his dancing career in Germany up to 1990, after which he moved to the U.S. He is a two time United States Pro-AM 10 Dance Finalist, a six times United States Pro-Am Smooth/Latin/Rhythm Champion, an Open Individual Pro-Am Champion, a German Youth Latin Champion, and an A.M Rising Star Latin Champion.

He is now the co-owner of Krystal Ballroom Dance Studio where he teaches Standard, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm.

DJ

The Dancing' Feelin'

MC

Phil Iredale

Phil took his first ballroom dance class as an undergrad at the University of Nottingham back in 1985. It was a great way to meet people (he even met his future wife on the dance floor). He was quickly swept into the world of competing, representing his University team during both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Phil moved to the US in 1994 to attend Yale University as a post-doc. This began his long-standing relationship with the Yale team. He competed for a further 6 years (up to pre-championship level) and has been the MC for their annual competition for the last 18 years (give or take). Phil still performs in showcases with Kathy St Jean at the ‘The Dancing Feeling studio’ in Warwick RI.

Scrutineer

Chris Sayotovich

Christopher Sayotovich has been involved in ballroom as a social dancer, a competitor, and currently as a scrutineer. He has scrutineered for Collegiate, Amateur, NQE, and Studio competitions all around the East Coast and Midwest including the DC Dancesport Inferno, the Harvard Invitational, and the MIT Open.