Our Vision


Kim Smith - A+, B+, C+, D+ WDSF


Kimberly Smith has been teaching dancing for 37 years and has owned and operated                                                                                           Dr. Dance Studio, Inc. in Birmingham for 31 years.  Kim has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a professional competitor, pro/am competitor, teacher and currently coaches amateur and professional couples.   She holds both Memberships and Fellowships with the North American Dance Teachers Association and 

Licentiates with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, which embodies the world’s acknowledged leaders in the dance profession.  She continues to proudly serve the society on the National Committee as Treasurer of the USISTD. As an adjudicator, Kim is a WDSF  A 3.0 adjudicator and has had the honor of judging the WDSF World Sr. I Latin Championships as well as many Open WDSF Championship events.  Kim leads the newly formed Exam Department of USA Dance and serves on the Professional Council.

Stephen Hadley - A+, B+, C+, D+  WDSF

Stephen Hadley began his professional dance career with the Arthur Murray organization. As a professional competitor,  he is a former  Championship finalist in both Standard and Latin and represented the United States at the European Cup.  He served as Chairman of the Southeastern Regional Dance Board and was a member of the International Dance Board for Arthur Murray, Inc.  Steve holds Fellowships with the North American Dance Teachers Association in Standard,Latin, American Smooth, Rhythm and Theater Arts.  He has been a proud member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for 47 years and currently serves on the National Committee.  Steve is a WDSF A 3.0 adjudicator and has had the honor to judge the World Youth Latin Championships in addition to many OpenChampionship events.  . 

Dana Edwards - A+, B+, C+, D+, WDSF

Dana is a World DanceSport Federation and USA Dance Adjudicating Official, International Adjudicator in Canada as well as, a Head Adjudicator for Collegiate competitions. She holds her Licentiate American degrees in Ballroom, Rhythm and Theatre Arts with the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and her International Latin and Ballroom license with WDSF, and Licentiate 
degrees in International Ballroom and Latin with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She has recently passed her conversion exams in Latin and Standard with the WDSF. She also holds her Smooth and Rhythm degrees through FADS. 
She is a retired NDCA Open Professional competitor. She has competed in International Latin and Standard however, she found her main success as a NDCA Professional American Smooth and Rising Star American Rhythm Champion and a Fred Astaire Professional American and Canadian /American Smooth Champion. 

Flo & Burt Jackson

Volunteer Coordinator & Deck Captain

Martin Smith - A+, B+, C+, D+ WDSF


Education:        Quadruple licentiate/Membership degree USTA American Smooth, American Rhythm,
International Standard, International Latin
Dual licentiate/Membership degree ISTD (UK) & USISTD  International Standard & Latin
Dual licentiate/Membership degree NATD (UK) International Standard & Latin
Ballroom & Latin training from top coaches in South Africa, England, Italy & USA

Judging Experience:      South Africa– judged  for approximately 10 years including National Championships, Gold Cup, Prix D ‘Elegance, all Provincial Championships 
(Judged almost every 2ndweek for about 10 years)
Zimbabwe– judged National Championships & other Championship  Comps
USA– USA Dance- Nationals in Baltimore MD , Mid Atlantic Championships MD, Californian Open Dancesport Championships CA
Carolina Fall Classic NC, Georgia Dancesport Competition GA, Triangle Open Dancesport Championships NC, Various Competitions in Hackensack NJ
Various other minor USA Dance Competitions
NDCA  - American Star Ball, Fantasy Ball, Eastern Championships, NJ State Championships
Various other Championships & smaller Competitions

Qualified & Highly Experienced Championship Adjudicator /Judge [ B ] for WDSF [ License # 10097224 ], USA Dance and NDCA [ currently not registered with NDCA as a judge due to their 2016 ruling ].                                  

Also a Professional Surfing Judge

Michelle Crowder & Lee Fulk

Registration Desk - Registrar

Maria St. John

Music Director

Inez Sahlin - A+, B+, C+, D+ WDSF

Inez Sahlin is a Licenciate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and a member of USA Dance, World DanceSport Federation, NDCA, World Dance Council, Dance Teacher's Club of Boston and CID (International Dance Council).

As an acclaimed World Championship and National adjudicator she represents the United States judging World and Continental Championships, Cups and many other International, Open and National Championships and competitions.

Her dance achievements include World Championship Finals, European Cup Semifinals, US Open Semifinals and numerous Championship titles.

To further expand our outreach, we have established the Crowder DanceSport Foundation.  This foundation is a 501C educational organization.  Contributions will be tax deductible, donations will be used for educational scholarships and the expansion of dance as a sport.  We are excited to be part of growing a positive and healthy sport in North Carolina, our nation and internationally. 

Join us and make your donation to dance today.


Karita Ylipiipari- A+, B+, WDSF


Karita started to dance at the age of 10 in her native country Finland. During her career she achieved numerous international and national titles including 15 Finnish National Championships titles. She was World & European 10 Dance Finalists. Karita is a teacher with busy schedule and has taught world best couples in more than 10countries around the World.  She is a qualified WDSF and WDC adjudicator and has adjudicated several World and Continental Championships.

Yang Chen


Inna Brayer - A+, B+, C+, D+ 


Inna has participated in competitive ballroom dancing since the age of eight and has held the title of U.S.National Ten Dance Champion multiple times.  She has also been ranked as high as ninth in the world. She has represented the US in six World Championships. Inna participated as a  professional dancer on Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars and was   partnered with Ted McGinley.  She also served as  the choreographerfor the Rutgers   ballroom team performance on Season 9 of DWTS. She is presently the coach of the current U.S.Junior and Pre-teen National Champions and serves on the governing council of USA Dance.


Wayne & Marie Crowder

Organizers - Registrar

Joe Huesmann


Susie Buck - A+, B+, C+, D+ 

Susie has achieved on the dance floor as a professional competitor by placing in the Rising Star Finals at the United States Championships, 10 dance finalist at the 2001 Star Challenge in Canada, and a 10 dance finalist at the Heritage Classic Dancesport Championships in 2005.  

I.S.T.D. Fellow in Ballroom & Licentiate in Latin, Smooth, Rhythm (A++B+C+D+) 
DVIDALicentiate in Standard & Latin, (A+B+)
C.D.T.A. Licentiate degree in Ballroom, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm (A+B+C+D+) 
USTALicentiate Standard & Latin(A+B+)
DVIDARegional Examiner
NDCAMember, and DEA  Member 

Sami Ylipiipari

Chair of Judges

Carolina Fall Classic DanceSport Championships 

October 2-4, 2020

Maja Serve - A+, B+, C+,D+

Maja Servé was with her partner Glenn Weiss, 5 times Danish Professional Standard Champion and a finalist in all major championships including; World Championship, European Championship, British Open, German Open, US Open, Japan Open, Dutch Open, The International Championship and United Kingdom Championship. 
 Maja is examined to the level of Fellowship in all styles.

Not only was Maja a successful competitor, she has also proven herself to be a great teacher. She created a system around the principles and rules she was taught by her “dance father” (Benny Tolmeyer) and her “dance mother” (Janet Gleave). Since 1988 the system has helped many couple reach their goals while learning how the sciences, philosophy, anatomy and walking can create great dancing all in a lighthearted, logic and informative manner. 

Jack & Suzanne Jaubert

Deck Captains

Ara Mkhoyan - A+, B+, C+, D+ 

WDSF - A+ B+ C+ D+ E+

Ara Mkhoyan has been teaching and training dancers for the past 40 years. In 1972, he became one of the founders of ballroom dancing styles in Armenia and has won the championship of Armenia twice. In 1987, he founded the first specialized studio of sport dance in Yerevan, Armenia. He is a lecturer, associate professor, and author on the subject Pedagogy of Dance. For many years he was the chairman of the Judges Council of the Dance Sport Federation of Armenia, Vice President of the Armenian Dance Sport Federation, and Member of the Board of the National Dance Union of Armenia (NDU). He is licensed WDSF Adjudicator  "A" and Professional Division (PD).