Dan Calloway has been competing professionally, coaching and judging for almost 40 years, repeatedly earning the distinctions of “Professional of the Year” and “Top Teacher” at many national level events and within numerous dance organizations. In 1985 Dan was the youngest dual fellow in the world with highly commended fellowships in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the London-based society, which embodies the world’s acknowledged leaders of the dance profession. Certified as a WDSF Adjudicator, Dan has been seen judging around the world in places such as France, Switzerland, and Canada. He has served as the Chairman of Judges at the North American and USA Dance United States National DanceSport Championships and many other national level events. Dan is also the DanceSport coach for the competitive DanceSport teams at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, as well as serving as guest coach at numerous other universities, congresses, and dance camps, including moderating the professional discussion panels at key events in the United States. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature.
Yana Mazhnikova started dancing in Russia at the age of five years old. She went through Music and Choreography school, studying Ballet, Russian Folklore dance, Ballroom Dance, Music, Vocals and Basic instruments. At the age of 16 she decided to concentrate mostly on Ballroom Dancing, participating in local and regional competitions.
In October of 1997, she came to America and continued to actively compete in the Latin American Style of dancing while teaching and competing Pro-Am in All styles with the New York Fred Astaire Dance Studio for 4.5 years teaching. In 2002 she became an independent instructor, teaching in many independent studios throughout New York, coaching Cornell University’s Ballroom Team, Ithaca University’s Ballroom Team and students of Atlantic Ballroom Studios in Brooklyn, NY.
Some of her titles are:
2005 Yankee Classic Professional International Latin Finalist
2005 US National Professional Rising Star Latin Finalist
2006 UK Open Professional Latin Finalist
2007 Emerald Ball Professional Latin Finalist
2009 US Open Professional Rising Star Latin Finalist
2010 Stardust Professional Open Latin Champion
2010-2013 Ohio Star Ball Professional Open Latin Semifinalist
2010 Chicago Crystal Ball Professional Latin Runner Up
2011 US Northeastern Open Professional Latin Champion
2011 Eastern US Professional Open Latin Runner Up
2011 Atlanta Open Professional Latin Championships Runner Up
2011 Blackpool Festival Professional Rising Star Latin Top 15.
2012 Capital Dancesport Championships Professional Latin Runner Up
2013 Virginia State Championship Professional Open Latin Champions
2014 Washington Open Dancesport Professional Open Latin Champion
2014 Wisconsin State Dancesport Professional Open Latin Champion
2014 St. Louis Star Ball Profession AL Open Latin Champion
Catherine Noblitt has over 25 years of experience in dancing and performing. She has spent the past 15 years teaching, coaching, competing, and performing.
Catherine has teaching certifications through the prestigious US Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing, and the North American Dance Teachers Association, in both American and International Styles of dance. Catherine is certified to judge at the Championship level in all styles.
2009 Capital DanceSport Professional Rising Star Standard Finalist
2009 MD DanceSport Professional Rising Star Standard Finalist
Rick Zilonka continues to teach, coach, and judge. He has over 40 years of experience in the dancesport business. Here are some few of his certifications, awards and memberships he received during his extensive carrier:
♦ Championship Qualified Judge with the NDCA
♦ FADS Certified Adjudicator
♦ Member of the FADS National Council of Dance
♦ Certified in all levels of American Style plus Exhibition and Theatre Arts
Rick Zilonka was a multi time Fred Astaire Award recipient as both Teacher and Manager. He was also a studio owner, Franchisee and State Franchisor for FADS for over 40 years.