Agnes Kazmierczak - Championship dancer
Agnes Kazmierczak comes originally from Poland where she started to dance as a little girl. She won the National Championships titles in Poland and Sweden and represented those countries at the World and European Championships. Since moving to the United States 13 years ago, she won and made finals in all of the most prestigious ballroom competitions in the country and in the world, like the U.S. National Championships, U.S. Open, Embassy Ball, and Ohio Star Ball. She made finals at the World Cup in France, Germany, Japan, and Monaco. She was ranked in the top 12 couples at the world's most prestigious dance competition, the British Open in Blackpool. She is a world-class adjudicator and examiner and was several times a guest dancer on “Dancing With The Stars” and featured on PBS America’s “Ballroom Challenge.”
Over time, her love for dance developed into a passion for teaching and sharing all the benefits and magic dancing has to offer. Agnes believes that dance reveals one's soul and is the ultimate way of expression. She is also a jewelry designer and a creator of her brand Jioya.
Lena Kosovich - Championship dancer
Lena Kosovich has been a dancesport competitor in the industry for over 40 years. She competed professionally together with her husband, Nick Kosovich, professionally for 15 years. They have represented at 8 Professional World Championship events, winning the World American Ballroom (Smooth) Championships, finishing 2nd in the 2004/2005 World Classic Showdance Championships and winning the United States American Ballroom (Smooth) Championships twice. They retired in 2005 from competing on the American and International circuit and continue to be highly respected lecturers, coaches, World Championship adjudicators and demonstrators.
Robert Gilliam - Acclaimed choreographer, master teaching artist, and director of Artist Collective
A former master teaching artist for the Music Center Education Division, Gilliam has been a teaching artist in Santa Monica-Malibu schools for over 10 years. He is the co-owner of On-The-Edge Dance Studio in Culver City. Gilliam was voted best Jazz dance teacher in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine. An international choreographer, Gilliam has created works for the Shanghai Opera House and Beijing Opera House of China and many more. Voted #1 K- 12 dance program in Los Angeles, Gilliam's dance programs are funded by National Endowment for the Arts, California Department of Education, The Dana Foundation, Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Rose Hills Foundation and the Met Life Foundation.
Gilliam created a top-selling TechniFunk video which sold over 1/2 million copies in Blockbuster and Target and was featured on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Gilliam has an ongoing partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Department of Probation teaching in 4 juvenile halls, and was on the Dance Faculty of Oregon Ballet Theater, Reed College, Spectrum Dance Theater of Seattle, and College of the Canyons. Gilliam has performed in dance competitions world-wide and has over 20 years of judging experience.
Judges & Emcee