Core Judges

Dora Yaneva is 5 times Canadian Showdance/Exhibition champion. Dora is a former world championship runner up and 4 times Blackpool Dance Festival finalist, the most prestigious dance competition in the world.

She began her dance career at the early age of 6 in her home country of Bulgaria. She moved to Canada where she continued her dancing career in Ballroom, Latin, Salsa as well as Cabaret/Exhibition. As a teacher, Dora trains dancers from absolute beginners to competitive-level male, female and couples. As one of the top Canadian female dancers and Cabaret/Exhibition specialists, Dora Yaneva works with determination and strict dance etiquette in order to ensure the highest teaching quality and understanding for her students. Whether they compete as Pro-Am, Pro or Am, or are preparing for dance shows or social dance, Dora's students achieve top results with her guidance, professionalism, and expertise as a dancer.

Carlos Zapata is the current Canadian Show Dance, Cabaret, Exhibition, 2 time dance World Champion and Theatre arts Dance champion. He is a world renowned dancer and co-owner of Love to Dance studio.

Together with is professional dance partner Sofia, has travelled the world, and has won over 50 international and national dance titles. He is the undefeated Canadian champions for the the last 6.

He is a six time Blackpool dance finalist- The most difficult and prestigious dance competition in the world. As one the top dancers in world, he and his partner continue to be hired to perform for special events and top competitions in North America.

Sofia Skvirsky is a professional dancer and instructor with over 17 years of dance training, performance and competition experience. She is known for her versatility in different styles of dance. Sofia is a professional Cabaret/Exhibition performer and competitor with 2X world champion, 7X Canadian Professional Champion, Carlos Zapata. Together they have traveled and competed world wide, winning competitions, and receiving awards for best performance in several events and competitions. Sofia is a 2X Blackpool finalist, representing Canada in the Professional Exhibition category at one of the most prestigious ballroom competitions in the world.

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Lindsay is a professional dancer, having completed a 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University/ Université Paris 8. She also holds a Bachelor of Education from York University with qualifications in teaching dance.

Lindsay has been actively studying African dance as well as Latin dance for the past 13 years. In 2012, while living in Paris to complete her dance degree, Lindsay took the opportunity to master kizomba. Upon her return to Canada, she began partnering and giving workshops with various Montreal instructors. In 2014 Lindsay competed and received 1st place in Canada's first edition of Africadancar. She also represented Canada at their international kizomba championships in Milan, Italy.

Lindsay now teaches and performs regularly at kizomba congresses, both nationally and internationally. Currently residing in Ottawa, she applies her 10 years of experience in teaching dance to operate her own classes, events, and performance troupes through her dance school Toca Kizomba.

Social Dance Movement Specialist Visionary and Founder of GOdanz Instructor / Choreographer / Performer / Event Planner

Stephanie is considered one of the most influential instructors promoting the hottest new social dance trends on the Toronto Salsa scene. For over 20 years, she has been on the cutting edge of the social dance scene. She’s studied salsa dance on a global scale, visiting several countries to perfect the moves and has been attending or teaching at world Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Zouk and Kizomba congresses since they were born.

Stephanie has competed and judged since 1989, and has been focused intensely on kizomba for the last 5 years, following the revolution of the Urban Kizomba in Europe very closely

Jason Ng started training in Ballroom and Latin dance at a very young age and he has won numerous competitions in junior categories. Being the dancing chameleon that he is, Jason has learned, performed and competed in many other partner dance such as Salsa, Bachata, West Coast Swing and Kizomba. He was introduced to Kizomba in 2013 and instantly fell in love. His determination to learn the dance motivated him to attend workshops and take private lessons resulting in quickly advancing his skill and level. With over 10 years of experience teaching various genres of dance, and glowing references from mentors in the local and International Kizomba scene, it came as no surprise when he was handpicked as Senior Kizomba Instructor at the largest salsa school in Canada, Toronto Dance Salsa. Along side his partner Regan UT Kizomba, he has decided to focus his efforts on perfecting his technique and increasing his knowledge about the culture and the dance, so he can share it with everyone.

Regan Baird, aka UT Kizomba, started dancing at the tender age of 8, studying jazz and ballet. Her love for dance continued throughout high school where she choreographed Hip Hop and jazz routines for various student functions. She became interested in social dancing in her early twenties and took Salsa lessons in both Toronto and the USA. Regan discovered her passion for Kizomba three years ago when she saw a video by Kizomba instructors Tony Pirata and Cherazad Benyoucef. Under the instruction of Java Panzo, Mr. Kizomba, she learned the basics and fell deeper in love with the exotic dance from Angola. Following a year of assisting Mr. Kizomba with regular level 1-4 classes, she decided to take her passion to another level and focus on refining her craft with now dance partner Jason Ng. When not dancing, Regan works actively in the Kizomba community promoting her Friday Kizomba Party, Flavour Fridays, hosting the annual Africadançar Kizomba International Championship Canadian Eliminators and educating dancers through workshops she hosts with International Instructors.