Competition Guidelines

Click on a name or scroll down to read about our different judges.
Yvonne Antonacci ~ Andy Bouman ~ Carlito Rofoli ~ Debbie Carpenter ~ Deborah Szekely ~ Jim Minty ~ Kelly Casanova ~ Kelly Lynn Ford ~ Laureen Baldovi-Mason ~ Malia San Nicolas ~ Mark Scheuffele ~ Melissa Rutz ~ Parker Dearborn ~ Sharlot Bott ~ Sharole Lashe


Yvonne Antonacci, Chief Judge
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 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
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.
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.
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.

Attend her 2 hour INTENSIVE SESSION on Saturday, 2/17 at 10am in the Grand Ballroom.
Music Skills, Movement Drills, and the Thrill of Zen Connection
$40/dancer pre-registered, $55/dancer at the door

Jim Minty
Jim has done it all, past Showcase/Classic competitor, Jack and Jill Swing Champion, Past Director for Seattle Easter Swing, Instructor, Chief Judge/Judge, trains judges, throws trees for fun.
Kelly Casanova
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.

Attend her Trading Places workshop to learn some role switching transitions! Friday, 2/16, at 7pm in CA Salon 2.

Kelly Lynn Ford
Kelly Lynn has been dancing WCS for 25 years. She has over 40 years o experience in partner dancing and competitions, including Latin, Country, and Swing. She has received numerous national awards during her competitive years as a WCS dancer, winning and planing in Champion Jack and Jills, being voted by her peers to dance in the prestigious Phoenix Champion of Champions Invitational, and as award winner in the Showcase and Sophisticated divisions at the US Open Swing Dance Championships. With many hours of GSDTA training, Kelly Lynn is passionate about timing, technique and quality partner connection in WCS.
Laureen Baldovi-Mason
Laureen is a 4-time UCWDC World’s Masters Division Champion (Country Dance, 1995-1998) and has won 8 US Open Swing titles in the Classic (1995), Superstar (1996, 1997), Showtime Invitational (1998), Teams (1993, 1994 & 1996), and Showcase (2003) Divisions. She retired from UCWDC competitions in 1999 and moved to New York City to dance in a Broadway show called ‘Swing!’ until 2001.

The California Swing Dance Hall of Fame awarded Laureen the Nova Star in 1998, the Rising Star in 2002, the Shining Star in 2016, and in 2014, she was induced into the World Swing Dance Council’s Hall of Fame. In January, 2015, the UCWDC inducted Laureen into their first Legends of Country Dance category, and in 2016, they inducted her into their Hall of Fame.

Malia San Nicolas
 Attend her and Arjay’s Conversational Styling workshop on Saturday, 2/17, at 1pm in CA Salon 2.
Mark Scheuffele
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.
Melissa Rutz
 Attend her and Parker’s It Really Shouldn’t Work, But it Does workshop on Friday, 2/16, at 5pm in CA Salon 2.
Parker Dearborn
 Attend his and Melissa’s It Really Shouldn’t Work, But it Does workshop on Friday, 2/16, at 5pm in CA Salon 2.
Sharlot Bott
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.
Sharole Lashe
Sharloe Lashe Negrete hails from Vancouver, BC, where in 1997 she was a founding member of the BC Swing Dance Club. Her love of dance led her to an education in Musical Theatre at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. Relocating to California in 2001, she served many positions for the Next Generation Swing Dance club. A US Open Swing Dance Championship Stockholder and has served on the board of directors. Sharole is passionate about all forms of dance and currently splits her time between California and the Carolina’s judging all styles of dance throughout North America.