Meet the 2018 Mad Hot Ballroom Dance Competition Judges!

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Thank you to our wonderful emcee and judges for being a part of 2018’s Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Dance Competition at the BMO Harris Bradley Center!


Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Competition 9:30am | Finals & Awards 12:30pm

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Emcee Neil Hollingworth is a returning Mad Hot Competition Emcee. Native of London, England, Neil started Ballroom dancing at the age of five. At age six, he got his first partner and competed successfully in International 10 Dance competitions as junior then amateur throughout England and Europe for the next 14 years. In 1989, he took his international teaching exam and became a full-time professional dance teacher. In 1991, he moved to New York and travelled the county, competing and coaching professionals and amateurs. In 1998, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a new professional partnership. Neil’s success as a competitor and teacher has had many highlights, including coaching numerous students to become United States Champions and, most recently, appearing on the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance,” having the youngest and only ballroom dancer make it through the audition process to the academy and televised episodes. “I’ve always loved to dance and worked hard to be where I am but I attribute the majority of my success today to having a supportive loving family, I couldn’t do it without them,” says Neil.


Emcee Van McNeil is a returning Mad Hot Competition Emcee. His voice has been a part of the Milwaukee radio airwaves for the past two decades. Van has worked for a handful of radio and television stations in the Midwest including 103.7 Kiss Fm, 99.1 The Mix, B93.3, WGN-AM, WISN-TV, Fox 6, NBC 5 (and more)! Van is also the Public Relations & Media Director for MKE Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Milwaukee Wave Professional Soccer Team, The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin and a number of other professional sports teams in the Midwest. Van can also be seen and heard on the Professional Bowling Association’s PBA Network/XtraFrame.TV and on Spectrum Sports Channel 32. He also just wrapped his 19th season as announcer for MKE Wave Soccer games at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Van volunteers his time to various charitable events throughout the Midwest and serves on the executive board of the This Time Tomorrow Foundation, an organization that uses music and the arts to help and inspire those dealing with cancer.


Melissa Dexter is a first time Mad Hot Ballroom judge! A certified professional Ballroom/Latin dance instructor and fitness instructor, Melissa has a background in movement and music and over 10 years of teaching experience. Melissa teaches all of the popular social, club and competitive style dances in private lessons and group classes throughout the Milwaukee area. Happy to work with competitive and social students alike, a special talent for upcoming wedding couples along with Melissa’s patience, humor and versatility make her a great choice for anyone learning to dance.


Mandy Germain, owner and operator of Aspire Dance Studio (Pewaukee, WI) is a returning Mad Hot Competition judge.  Mandy is one of the highest ranked competitive dancers in the USA. Her accomplishments include: Undefeated Fred Astaire World Champion, United States Open American Rhythm Finalist, Desert Classic American Rhythm Champion, Heart of America Open Rhythm Champion, and Crystal Ball Open Rhythm Champion.


Matthew Kusak is a returning Mad Hot Competition judge. Matthew attended Waukesha South High School and UW-Waukesha, where he earned a degree in sociology. Matthew discovered ballroom dancing and in short time was competing in the Professional Novice division. Matthew received his teaching certification from Fred Astaire in 2007 and is currently teaching at the Delaware House.


Randy Wilson, owner and operator of Appleton Ballroom Company (Appleton, WI) is a returning judge to the Mad Hot Competition. Randy is well known on the national Pro/Am competitive circuit. He has been teaching social and competitive ballroom dancing for 20 years.  He is an accomplished musician with a theater background. Randy is passionate about arts education and enjoys spending time with his students. “I enjoy my time with my students. I love to see them grow.”


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