Our staff members are not only incredible dancers, knowledgeable instructors, certified judges and skilled contest staff…they are enthusiastic professionals who will do their part to make your experience at the Chicagoland Dance Festival one you will not forget!  Many of our competitive couples also teach workshops, judge and are available for private instruction.  Take advantage of this abundance of talent!

Instructors & Judges

Mario Robau, Jr.
Albert Tailleur
Gary McIntyre

Richard McMurrich & Suzanne Mosley
Keith Armbruster & Emily Drinkall Bouchonville
Bob Bahrs & Paula Jane Graves
Brian Barakauskas & Megan Anderson
Chad Guidry & Shelley James
Jonathan Baumeister & Tiffany Jones
Jason & Annmarie Marker
Colleen & Arthur Uspensky
Jason Miklic & Sophy Kdep
Nino DiGiulio & Dawn Lara
Jeff Mumford
Lori Rousar & Ryan Dobbins
Mike Konkel & Shelli Schroeder
Shawn Swaithes
Donna Bonham-Steinfeld
Sam & Christine Wetzel
Rachel Mercedes & Newell Defreest
Brittney Valdez & Eric Nava
Eric & Jenica Zimmer
Amanda Clark & Christopher Muise
Ronnie & Cindy Mullins
Bobby Pritchard & Carla Romine
Greg & Laura Thrash
Mike & Kim Adler
Kristin & Monty Ham
Kathi Bittner
Bill Robinson
Beth Emerson
Penny Lalonde
Earl Strom


Mona Broussard
Tim Johnson
April Prince
Ken Dillard

Country Contest Coordinator

Dave Getty

Swing Chief Judge

Mike Topel

Registration and Scoring

Country Dance Director:  Kelly Strouse and Ed von Adelung

Event Videographer:  YOU!

We will not have a professional videographer this year.  You are welcome to use your own camera to record competitions and workshops – at no charge. There will be a riser at the back of the ballroom designated for video recording. Please, be courteous of other spectators and don’t interfere with their view of the dance floor.

Event Photographer

Nicole Wardell:

We Couldn’t Do it Without…

Swing 'n' CountryWe couldn’t do it without our friends at Swing ‘n’ Country who host the Friday night pizza party and donate cash prizes in addition to providing moral support and lots of help!

Website Design

  • Sam Smith – who generously and patiently guides his crazy Aunt Jen through the process of updating pages.  Be a dear and get Auntie another cocktail!