MISSION: To provide all competitors an experienced judging panel and provide training that contributes to a fair and consistent evaluation/scoring process.
Immediately following the 2018 OPEN, we identified the need to level set expectations and create a level playing field. The Judges identified a desire for Continuing education, guidance and direction. Our goal: to make this better for everyone. THE OPEN has taken the task of leadership seriously and financed the creation of this judging certification program that will level set our judges knowledge and provide training necessary to judge THE OPEN at the highest standards.
We sought advice from experts, researched published materials, collected materials from many who volunteered their time and expertise.
Increase the value of your judging experience. Understand your judges 's point of view. Pursue Certification.
*Add to your Biography/Resume/CV "US OPEN Certified Judge"
*The US OPEN Swing Dance Championships, INC requires their judging panel to be Certified. Becoming Certified by the US OPEN makes the certified judge eligible for hire by the US OPEN.
"Overall the program was extensive and provides value."
- JIM MINTY
"I always feel honored to be a part of the Open team.
Thanks for your support."
- DANI CANZIANI
"The training program and the experience were amazing; I am HONORED.
This past year was the most intense learning experience I have had as a professional judge. ....it made me a MUCH better judge and professional going forward.
Phil Dorroll, President & Event Director US OPEN SWING DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, INC
When your business is the oldest and largest International Swing Dance competitions of the year, and Competitors from all over the GLOBE work all year long preparing their routines, You understand your MISSION: To provide all competitors an experienced judging panel and provide training that contributes to a fair and consistent evaluation/scoring process.
CHIEF JUDGE AND TRAINING DIRECTOR
Yvonne Antonacci has been dancing, teaching and judging since the 1990s. Although Yvonne was originally involved in jitterbug dancing, she quickly got involved with WCS when she saw it for the first time at the Phoenix dance convention.
In addition to starting the Chicago Rebels Swing Dance Club, Yvonne was also the heart and spirit behind bringing the first WCS dance convention to Chicago and that event was the original Chicago Classic, one of the original national events to join NASDE.
Yvonne has served as a Judge at many events on the NASDE circuit. She is the Chief Judge of US OPEN SWING DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, INC primary training Director of the US Open Certified Judges Program and a Board member of the World Swing Dance Council.
Hi, I’m Ruth Farmer
Assistant Event Director, US OPEN Certification Training Administrator, Online Classroom architect and occasional Host.
It is an honor to compile the insight from the experts in the Swing dance community and facilitate an avenue for competitors, judges, event directors and choreographers to access.