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.
Clive Stevens & Christy Kam
Richard McMurrich & Suzanne Mosley
Keith Armbruster & Emily Drinkall Bouchonville
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
Jim and Kelli Rainey
Lori Rousar & Ryan Dobbins
Mike Konkel & Shelli Schroeder
Sam & Christine Wetzel
Rachel Mercedes & Newell Defreest
Brittney Valdez & Eric Nava
Eric & Jenica Zimmer
Amanda Clark & Christopher Muise
Bobby Pritchard & Carla Romine
Greg & Laura Thrash
Kristin & Monty Ham
Country Contest Coordinator
Swing Chief Judge
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.
Nicole Wardell: www.icaughtyoudancing.com
We Couldn’t Do it Without…
- 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!