Joachim Boethius (SWE)

Joachim started teaching in 1996 in parellel with an on-going amateur career, where he was a finalist in Sweden in both Ballroom and Latin.
The first assignment as adjudicator was in 2004 and since then he has been chosen regularly to represent Swedish Dance Organization (SDO) as an adjudicator abroad and in Sweden for regular competitions as well as Championships.
Joachim is still active as a trainer for all levels, but is mainly focusing on more advanced couples.
Currently a lot of energy goes in to the transformation of home organization SDO, where he is a the president


Heather Gladding (UK)

Heather Gladding has been involved in the Same Sex dance community since its inception in the UK. In the beginning, (the early 1990's) opening the doors to same sex couples at the studio she ran with Glenn Wright in central London; evolving the women's dance club, Waltzing With Hilda; running Studio LaDanza, an LGBT venue with Hadass Armon from 2002 to finally taking same sex dance to Israel.

She is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and has performed as an artist, lectured and adjudicated around the world.

Vernon Kemp (UK)

Principal of Central London Dance and Fellow & Senior Examiner ISTD.
Despite a busy teaching schedule Vernon enjoys travelling to examine, adjudicate and lecture not only in UK and Europe but Asia, Australia, USA and Canada.
Has coached many successful same sex competitors and judged all major competitions including Eurogames, Gay Games and Outgames.
An elected member of UKSSDC since its inception and previously Chair UKSSDC and Male Co President ESSDA.
Actively encourages new competitors through 1st Saturday Fun Competition and firmly believes encouragement and opportunity to compete for all is essential.
Vernon is a trustee of Dance Professionals Fund, a charity which assists professional dancers, teachers, choreographers etc

Kathie Krick (D)

Kathie Krick started her dancing career in 1978 in a dance sport club closed to her home town.
the standard section was her profession but she didn't say no to latin american competitions.
very fast she rechaed the S-class and became regional champion in Standard.
A further step was her active dancing in a standard formation up to Countryleague
very fast she started as a Trainer in her own and in different other club for Kids, couples and formation.
she is still continuing this job.

since 1993 she has the licence to judge all kind of competitions (Latin A and Standard S)

she have been judging more than 1000 different competitions up to German Championships.
since several years she also loves to judge same-sex-competitions in Germany and Europe.

Kathie appriciate to be one of the judges on the European-Championship 2017 in Berlin and looking forward to a very interesting and exiting event.

Pauline Ladiges-Kwikkel (NL)

Born in Amsterdam, 
five times Dutch Professional Champion 10-dance and Ballroom, 
finalist European and World Championships 10-dance, 
finalist European Championships Ballroom and 
Semi finalist World Championships Ballroom.
International Trainer and Adjudicator.
Member of the board of the Dutch Dance Councel.

Jens Neumann (D)

Jens Neumann has been dancing over a period of more than 40 years and was very successful as a ballroom dancer both in mainstream competitions (DTV/WDSF) and in same-sex competitions. He was finalist of different national and international competitions and championships. Moreover he was winner of the Berlin Open Championships, the German International Championships, the Dutch Open Championships, the Pink Jukebox Trophy and was medallist of the Gay Games 2002 in Sydney as well.

By winning the gold medal of the male ballroom section at the EuroGames 2001 (Hannover) Jens Neumann became inofficial European Champion in same-sex dancing. He is a licensed trainer in ballroom dancing and as an adjudicator he holds the highest German lincence (S) for ballroom and latin dancing. After he had retired from same-sex dancing he was invited to judge at several same-sex competitions in different countries, including the EuroGames 2008 in Barcelona.

Marie Pilgaard (DK)

She competed for many years and achieved semifinals and finals at Worlds and European events. Winner of International Professional Rising Star. Danish Champion as Amateur and Professional and Nordic Champion. Since then she’s been teaching, judging and lecturing all over the world. Many of her students from Denmark and abroad succeeded many national and International results. Marie Pilgaard is a committee member of Danish Professional Dance Teachers Association.

Self employed Professional Dance-teacher
National and International coach and trainer.
National and International adjudicators licens.
WDC Professional licens.
WDSC licens.
Swedish 10 Dance Champion
Danish Latin Champion.
Nordic Latin Champion.
Finalists at the European Latin Championship
International Professional Latin Champion
Member of the Danish executive Board of Directors/ DDD

Mariusz Rafal Stankiewicz (PL)

Mariusz started his journey in the Ballroom and Latin dance world at age of 8 in Poland. He had the opportunity to be taught by great teachers who made sure that principles of dance, hard work and self believe were the main values in his dance education. Even as a young competitor, he already had a strong knowledge about ballroom dancing becoming winner and finalist of many national and international competitions. He also started to develop his teaching skills working with children and also with other young, adult and senior dancers.
Looking to further his dance education decided to come to London where at Studio LaDanza once again he found great teachers and mentors who guided him to Fellowship qualification - the highest teaching qualification - within the prestigious Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD).
Mariusz strongly believes that ballroom dance is based on two individuals becoming one through awareness and connection between mind and the body, whether they lead or follow and regardless their gender. With his holistic approach Mariusz successfully supports dancers in training for their competitions, medal tests and professional examinations

Frank Röpke (D)

I started my dancing carreer in january 1992 and had my biggest success in the equalitydance familiy with my former partner Tim Grunwald. We won the A-class latin at Eurogames 2001 in Hannover, 2003 in Copenhagen and the GayGames 2002 in Sydney. Starting to judge in 2004, I am now in the pool of german judges who are capable for geman championchips.

Ute Rosanski (D)

Ute started her dancing career at the age of five. She got ballroom, latin, ballet and jazz-dance lessons. And she made her way through the highest classes juveniles and youth until she reached the adult’s S-class both in ballroom (amateur/professional) and latin (amateur). She participated successfully in many national and international tournaments and championships. Ute holds a dance teacher’s A-licence and an ADTV licence. She trained a lot of regional and German champions and is also experienced in teaching formation. She is a member of the presidium of Dance Sport Association of Berlin (LTV Berlin).

Ariane Schiessler (D)

Dancing: S Klasse Standard and latin

I made all Trainer Lizenz to Trainer A and studying in Cologne to be Diplomtrainer DSB

My favorite work is Formations Standard.

My German Team from Berlin was Worldchampion 1998 and European Champion 1999

My teams from Poland Jantar Elblag were 2 times worldchampion 1999 and 2010

Now i make Choreografies for diffrent Teams in Germany.

I am adjudicator for all classes and formations and Wdsf.

Kerstin Stettner (D)

Kerstin is a dance teacher with A-licence for ballroom in Germany/Bavaria. She holds an adjudicator’s S-licence in ballroom and latin and judged some German Championships and international tournaments. She danced until 2007 and was finalist in the German Championships amateur/professionals as well as finalist in the European Championships professional.

ESSDA Representatives /Chair Person /Scrutineers

Hadass Armon (UK)

Hadass has taught, choreographed and lectured within the dance profession for more than 25 years. She trained in
Israel and went on to receive her teaching qualification in ballet from the National Ballet School, Canada. She commenced
her professional teaching career at The National Ballet School, Canada; moving to New York University where she
obtained an MA in Dance and Dance Education majoring in Choreography. Since, she has conducted extensive research
focusing on the ‘holistic dancer’, for which she was granted a Wingate Scholarship. The research was done in collaboration with Central School of Ballet and Surrey University.

Since 2001 Hadass has been involved professionally with the same-sex ballroom and latin dancing scene. She is a qualified champion and competition adjudicator. Hadass draws on her extensive knowledge of anatomy, movement and her professional background to create a unique, yet exciting, teaching style. She is currently the female co-president of ESSDA and a founder member of the United Kingdom Same-Sex Dance Council (UKSSDC).

Davy Brocatus, Belgium

Davy started ballroom and latin dancing at the age of 16. He was three times 10-dance Belgian Champion and represented Belgium, Australia, Wales and Scotland as adult and professional ballroom dancer. He judged in Australia, South Africa,
America and Europe, at EuroGames, Outgames Montreal (C), Gaygames Chicago (USA) and Cologne (D),... and many other Competitions all around the world.

He was chairman of adjudicators at Outgames Antwerp 2013 and founder of the EuroGames Antwerp 2007 and Outgames Antwerp 2013. He made choreography for movie : „The Hessen Affair“ (2009). He also judges for the Belgian series of „Strictly Come Dancing“ - „Sterren op de Dansvloer“ since 2006 up to now and is together with his husband Anatoly Nefedov owner of Dansstudio 1-2-3 and B&B Studios 1-2-3.

Dörte Lange, Germany

Together with Ingeborg Petersen Dörte was a successful same-sex dancer, up to the silver medal in ballroom
and latin at GayGames 2006 in Chicago. Since 2000 she took part in each EuroGames, Gay Games
and Outgames and many smaller competitions.

In 2007 Dörte was a founder, board member and web master of ESSDA and some years later female co-president.
In 2010 she skipped to become president of DVET. For 12 years she was active as manager of sports at her club TTC Rot-Gold Köln, which is the biggest dance club in cologne. In 2010 she was in the organising body of Gay Games Cologne
which was the biggest same-sex dancing tournament so far. She also supports the IT-Team of ‘danceComp’ – one of the biggest competition of DTV and WDSF.

Thorsten Reulen, Germany

Thorsten is connected to the same-sex dance sports scene he had his first lessons with three times Gay
Games winner Bernd Farwick back in 1996. Between 1998 and 2013 he attended – with two exceptions
- all dance competitions within international LGBT multisport events such as EuroGames,
Gay Games and World Outgames, starting with a gold medal in the E class (!) in Amsterdam 1998 and finishing with a 5th place in the A-class senior ballroom competition in Antwerpen 2013. Together with Stefan Huch he was A-class finalist World Outgames 2009 ballroom (adults + seniors), silver Medallist Gay Games 2010 10-Dance Seniors and Vice-Champion ballroom seniors at EuroGames 2011.

Thorsten is founding member of ESSDA and DVET, former board member ESSDA, sports director DVET since 2010, co-organizer of all same-sex dance competitions being held in Berlin since 2000 (including German International Championships in 2005 and 2013), holding a scrutineers license of the German Dance Sports Association (DTV) and experienced as competition leader and chairman.