We are delighted to announce part of our Jury for Dance World Cup 2012, once again we have created an international Jury for our competition and their knowledge and expertise will be wonderful to have at the Dance World Cup event.


A.R.A.D.     F.I.S.T.D.     P.G.C.A  Ass. Board Speech and Drama.

Miss Jill Redford trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, gaining her teaching qualifications including Advanced R.A.D.

After a professional career in the United Kingdom and Internationally she returned to England and decided to teach, owning her own school in Sussex, England.  

She is now a freelance teacher/choreographer/performer.

Jill is an Equity member, an examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and an adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals, which includes being a member of the All England panel of adjudicators. 



Heather is from Carlisle, Pennsylvania in the United States of America.  She studied at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the School of American Ballet.  After dancing with the New York City Ballet, she joined the Hamburg Ballet, directed by John Neumeier, where she danced many years as a principal dancer.  Heather was involved in most of Neumeier´s new works in her time in Hamburg, creating such roles as Nina in Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

In addition to extensive work with the choreographer John Neumeier, Heather has also worked with Jerome Robbins, Natalia Makarova, Mats Ek, Hans Van Manen, Lar Lubovitch, Kevin O´Day and has had original works created for her by Peter Martins, Mats Ek, Kevin Haigen, Yaroslav Ivanenko and Christopher Wheeldon. Also in her repertoire are works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jiri Kilian.

A winner of the Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer Prize, Heather was nominated in 2002 for the prestigious “Benois de la Danse.” She has danced as a guest artist with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, in Moscow, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Stuttgart; also at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, the Salzburg Festival, and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.  Tours have taken her throughout Europe and the United States, to Japan, China, Singapore, Russia and South America.

Heather is currently the assistant director and ballet mistress of Ballet Kiel, Heather is enrolled at the Academy of Culture in Riga, studying Arts and Media Management.  She is also on the Board of Trustees of the “Stiftung Tanz Transition Zentrum Deutschland” which supports dancers at every stage of their career.  



Reda was born in Cairo and initially studied at the Russian School of Ballet; he then continued his studies in Moscow with the Waganowa Method.

He has performed professional as a principal classical dancer with the State Opera in Cairo, Berlin and Vienna.

Reda has also had the opportunity to learn Tap in Miami at The Fred Astaire School.

Reda is now based in Austria where he became the principal dancer and choreographer with the Tyrolean Landestheater in Innsbruck but he continues to teach, perform and choreograph in many European regions.

We are delighted that Reda has agreed to judge again for Dance World Cup after being part of the jury in 2009 when the competition was held in Jersey, Channel Islands.



Shyne is originally from Malawi, Africa but now resides in London, England.

He trained with The National Ballet of Zimbabwe specialising in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Traditional Dance and Tap.

Shyne then founded the Tumbuka Contemporary Dance Company, Zimbabwe and was selected as their choreographer and toured extensively with the company around the World where he was also involved in the company’s outreach programme.

In 2004 Shyne was in a car accident and was told that he would never walk again, by using his dancer’s knowledge his rehabilitation has led to him regaining much of his mobility but as he can now no longer dance he adjudicates many youth dance competitions and he also created Nanzikambe Arts which is situated in Blantyre, Malawi.

Now living in London, Shyne works very closely with young and under privileged children at the Youth Theatre Hackney Shed.



Karen is based in Cologne, Germany.

Karen was has had a wide training in dance and teaching including receiving a dance scholarship at the Pennsylvania Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and she has also trained at the Broadway Dance Center.

She has taught at many schools across Europe and America where she specialises in Modern (Horton/Graham/Dunham techniques), Jazz (Lyrical, Modern and Funky), Musical Theatre and Show Dance. 

Karen’s television and live performance credits include X-Factor (Germany), Jay Leno “The Tonight Show” (America), Hit Giganten (Germany), Die  große jubiläumsgala (Germany)                                                      

She has performed as Lead Dancers in many International Cruise ships and Theme parks including Disneyworld (America), Kings Dominion (America), Ms. Europe (Germany) and Jean Ann Ryan (Norway)

Karen has performed as a principal dancer for the Philadanco Dance Company, the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Savage Soul Contemporary Dance Theater,  “The Harlem Nutcracker” Gospel Ballet Tour, Saturday Night Fever (Köln), SnoWhite (Saarbrücken), West Side Story and The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Karen’s choreography career has spanned 15 years and she has had the opportunity to choreograph many professional shows, Galas and Expos in Germany and Europe with her most recent piece being the Barry White Experience Show (Frankfurt).

  Ferenc Barbay

Ferenc Barbay was born in Miscolc, Hungary and educated at the Budapest Ballet School. He also studied theatrical science and philosophy. In 1969 he was the prize winner at the international dance competition in Varna. It was at this event that Mr John Cranko (Choreographer, Sadler’s Wells Ballet now Royal Ballet) saw him there; he was fascinated and invited him to come to Germany. This was the beginning of his long career as a Principal dancer in Munich and he was a guest soloist in many other big European and US dance companies. He has worked with famous choreographers like G. Blanchine, G. Tetley, J. Cranko, H. van Manen, J. Kylian and J. Neumeier to name but a few.

Since 1982 Ferenc has worked as a choreographer for various well known European and North American ballet companies, and his choreographies are being performed in many major dance theatres around the world.

In 2008 Ferenc Barbay adjudicated for the first time at the German dance competition. He considers dance competitions very important mile stones for young upcoming dancers as he experienced this himself.

We are very proud to have him as one of our Dance World Cup adjudicators in Villach this year.