Malcolm started dancing when he was ten years old. He worked his way through the medal test system and started competing, winning and becoming a regular finalist in competitions he attended. He found his passion for teaching at an early age and at 16 decided to start training for his professional qualifications. Malcolm is now a Fellow and Examiner of the ISTD and a committee member of the Modern Ballroom faculty. At his school in East and South East London he trains all ages and levels from social dancer to competitors and teachers. He finds great rewards seeing the development and achievements of those he trains. Malcolm Hill judged the Eurogames 2016 in Helsinki and Nordic Open 2016.
Beginning her tournament dancing in the adult category in 1981, Kathie Krick was twice regional standard champion in the senior I category. For several years she danced in a formation team, for which she became a trainer, which qualified for the top national league. An active trainer and adjudicator, Kathie Krick received her judging licence from the Deutscher Tanzsportverband e.V. (DTV) in 1993 and has since then judged 350-400 standard and latin tournaments of all classes and age categories. This includes her same sex dancing judging debut at the Berlin Open 2008, which she experienced as an exciting event with same sex dancing on a high level. Kathie Krick has since judged a string of same sex competitions from the Copenhagen Outgames 2009 and the Nordic Open 2010 to the first same sex competition in Paris and the German Open in 2016.
Kai André Lillebø
Kai André Lillebø started dancing at four years old. He entered his first international competition, the Blackpool Junior Dance Festival, at the age of six. He was European Champion in 10-dance in 1994, silver medalist in the World 10-dance championship in 1993 and 1994, Youth World Champion in both Standard and Latin in 1991 and 1992, Norwegian Amateur Champion in Standard in 1994, 1997-2001, and Latin in 1992-1994. Kai André Lillebø “retired” from his active career in 1994, and has recently completed two seasons of Strictly Come Dancing in Norway. He is currently running his own accounting firm, some web shops as well as working as a fitness instructor. Kai André Lillebø judged the EuroGames 2016 in Helsinki and is a judge at Nordic Open for the second time.
Maija Salminen is seven times Danish Professional Ballroom Champion and World Professional Super Series Finalist. She got her WDC international judging licence in 2012. In addition to judging she teaches standard and latin dancing to all levels, from children to seniors, and from beginners to elite dancers. She has been teaching both junior and adult Finnish national teams and she’s a member of the Club Committee of Finnish Dance sport federation. She was a spectator at Nordic Open for the first time in 2007, and fell in love with the great spirit and atmosphere of the event. Now she is looking forward to being back as an adjudicator and she hopes to see all the couples enjoying their dancing and performing their best in front of the great audience.
Peter Steinerberger was a competitor in Latin and Standard in the highest classes in Austria. He is a state-certified trainer for dancesport, passing his final examination with distinction at the National Academy for Sports and a teavher at several dance schools and dance sport clubs in Austria since 1995. An adjudicator since 1988 and World Dance Sport Federation adjudicator A-License since 2011, he holds a License for Formation, Show dance and Wheelchair dancing. He has judged the Austrian Championships, WDSF Open Competitions such as Austrian and German. WDSF Grand Slam,WDSF World Championships and WDSF Worldcups. The Sport Director of the Austrian Dance sport Federation since 2008, Peter Steinerberger has been teaching same-sex couples since 2007, is trainer of the biggest same-sex dance sport-club for men and women in Austria, and has judged same-sex competitions since 2008 such as Vienna Dance Contest, German Championships.
A standard and Latin dance sport competitor for twenty-four years, Mirian Sørensen received her national Ballroom and Latin certification in 2000 from the Danish Dance Schools (DDD) and Danish Dance Sport Federation (DS) and in 2003 an international license from International Dance Organization (IDO). Mirian Sørensen runs her own dance academy, Danse-Huset Slagelse / Korsør / Sorø, where she teaches show, disco, hip-hop, funk, street, tap-dancing, swing and jitterbug. Mirian Sørensen has judged EuroGames 2003 and OutGames 2009 in Copenhagen as well as Berlin’s Pink Ballroom. Mirian is the ajudicator, who has been judging the most Nordic Open competions , and we’re thrilled to have her back on the panel this year!