Competition Guidelines

Click on a name or scroll down to read about our different judges.
Yvonne Antoacci ~ Andy Bouman ~ Carlito Rofoli ~ Dawn GarrishDeborah Szekely ~ John Lindo ~ Kelly Casanova ~ Laureen Baldovi-Mason ~ Mario Robau, Jr. ~ Mark ScheufelleMichael Kielbasa ~ Michelle KinkaidNicole Clonch ~ Sharlot Bott ~ Debbie Carpenter ~ Kelly Lynn Ford ~ Sharole Lashe



Yvonne Antonacci, Chief Judge
Yvonne When not involved with dance – she works full time as a realtor in Chicago. With over 20 years of experience as a judge, dance instructor, and event director — she brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the position of Chief Judge.
Andy Bouman
Andy Andy is from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a founder and past president of The Next Generation Swing Dance Club and has been the event co-director of Boogie by the Bay since 1999.
Carlito Rofoli
Carlito He’s spent more hours in a judges chair than many have spent dancing. With so many years of dancing as a beginner, he brings a unique and untainted perspective to our elite panel of judges because he’s seen it all – over and over again. You’ll find him social dancing in the ballroom late at night and all day too. Most recently inducted into the WSDC Hall of Fame.
Dawn Garrish
Dawn Garrish hails from Damascus, MD. She holds 7 US Open Titles that include 4 different divisions: Showcase, Cabaret, Champions J&J and Teams. She also holds 2 World Titles in Country Dance and was recently inducted into the Country Dance Hall of Fame. Most of you all NOW only know her as Alexis’s mom.
Deborah Szekely
Deborah was introduced to West Coast Swing in 1994 and was hooked immediately. She has 5 US Open titles, 8 Grand National, 4 NASDE, is a Dallas Dance Hall of Famer, and a California Swing Dance Hall of Famer. She was White Hatted in June of 2014 and in November 2015 was inducted into National Living Legends of Dance.
John Lindo
Event Director for Liberty Swing. Point Registrar for the WSDC. Travels around the US and Internationally  teaching, judging and deejaying the dance that he loves.
Kelly Casanova
Kelly Kelly Casanova is a 2-time US Open Champion, an inductee into both the California and National Swing Dance Hall of Fames, and has been actively judging/Chief Judging in the national swing scene for over 30 years.  She currently teaches in the SF Bay Area.
Laureen Baldovi-Mason

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Photo by Bradford Whelan Photography
Laureen Baldovi-Mason is a 4-time Country Dance World Champion and an 8 time US Open Champion in the Classic, Showcase, Superstar, Showtime Invitational, & Teams Divisions. She was inducted into the Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2014 at the US Open. Then in Jan 2016 she was inducted into the Country Dance Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.
Mario Robau, Jr
Mario For the last twenty years, WCS champion Mario has traveled at least 40 weekends per year judging, teaching, DJ’ing and MC’ing at various dance workshops and conventions throughout the United States, Europe and Canada in the swing, country western and shag dance circuits.
Mark Scheuffele
MarkSharlot Mark Scheuffele began dancing West Coast Swing in the mid 1980s. He became a constant social dancer and consistent competitor in Jack ‘n Jill’s, Strictly Swings, as well as the Classic and Showcase divisions at many events including the U.S. Open. Mark has twice been presented the prestigious U.S. Open Dancers Choice Award. In 2010 he was inducted in to the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
Michael Kielbasa

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Photo by Bradford Whelan Photography
Michael has been training and dancing for the past 20 years, in most styles of Partner Dancing, over the past 10 years he has been traveling to countries all over the world teaching judging and competing. Michael is dedicated to the growth of Dance and its’ recognition as a sport and exciting activity for everyone to enjoy.

Contact him for private lessons at or (619) 922-2183

Michelle Kinkaid
Michelle Michelle is a 3-time U.S. Open Classic Division Champion & U.S. Open Jack & Jill, 2-time winner of the Phoenix Champion of Champions. She is a Feather Award recipient for Best Classic Swing Dancer, and inducted to both the WSDC National Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Michelle is the Event Director of the Mountain Magic Dance Convention as well as the Sea Magic Dance Cruise and Reno Fun Train Magic Adventure trips. She travels throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan teaching, competing, judging and promoting swing on both the Swing and Country circuits.
Nicole Clonch
Sharlot Bott
MarkSharlot Sharlot maintains a long, successful career as a Performer, Champion Dancer, Certified GSDTA Master Instructor, and Judge within the West Coast Swing Community. Her notoriety and expertise as a master stylist has influenced many champion dancers, worldwide. Sharlot continues to mentor and muse within the West Coast Swing Dance Community.
Debbie Carpenter
Debbie became hooked on West Coast Swing from her first dance 15 years ago. Though not a teacher or a competitor, she has been enthralled with all levels of competitions since the beginning. She studied extensively under Skippy Blair and is certified under the National Dance Dynamics Certification Board. Since then, she has judged at conventions and local dance competitions throughout California. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
Kelly Lynn Ford
Sharloe Lashe
Sharloe is a certified judge and has been involved in every aspect of our dance community since 1996. In Canada, she was a founding Director of the B.C. Swing Dance Club. A past president and VP of The Next Generation Swing Dance Club. Served as a board member for Boogie by the Bay and the US Open Swing Dance Championships and is a US Open stockholder.