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 is a first time judge at the Nordic Open.
Christine started ballet dancing at the age of seven, and only later became interested in ballroom dancing. She reached the S class in Standard over 20 years ago. Together with her husband, Christine Lamprecht danced S in Standard in adults I & II and continued dancing S as seniors until 4 years ago. As coaches Christine Lamprecht and her husband has for many years been very engaged in supporting the next generations of ballroom dancers. Until recently, Christine Lamprecht has also danced A Latin as adult II and senior I, winning with her dance partner the their first competition together, Hessen Tanzt, in 2014. Christine Lamprecht, who is judging Nordic Open for the first, time has an A licence as judge in both Standard and Latin.
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 first time judge at the Nordic Open.
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.
Kristian Møllegaard Vellejus
A World Dance Council (WCD) professional dancer since 2007, Kristian Vellejus is a two time Danish professional Latin American champion. Representing Denmark at the European and World Championships from 2007-2011, he has participated in all UK, International and Blackpool tournaments since 2003, first as an amateur and later as professional. Since 2008 Kristian Vellejus holds a WDC judge’s license and has since 2011 served as chairman of the sports committee for The Danish Dance Schools (DDD). Judging Nordic Open for the second time, he has also judged same sex championships at the 2012 EuroGames in Budapest and the 2013 European Championships in Blackpool.