Mark started dancing at the age of 14 and immediately discovered a profound interest for dancing and human movement. After reaching S-class and taking part in competitions both nationally and internationally, he retired in 2008 and started working as a full-time dance sport trainer, choreographer and adjudicator. Since 2011 he has been adjudicating at same-sex competitions in Germany, including the 2015 German Championships in Düsseldorf, Le Rendez-vous de Paris, Pink Jukebox Trophy London and Nordic Open in Helsinki.
Besides his work in dance sport, Mark is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher (ATVD) and a licensed Franklin-Method Movement Pedagogue; he is currently enrolled as a student with EUROLAB – European Association for Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS) to become a Laban Movement Analyst. Mark is making his debut as an adjudicator in Copenhagen, and we are glad to have him here!
Showing a talent for dancing from a young age Marta started dancing when she was 6 years old in Poland, where she competed in Ballroom, Latin and Formation. 11 years ago, she moved to Denmark to dance with Nikolaj Lund, and together they have won the Danish 10 dance Championships 7 times. Among their best international results are Silver medal in Amateur 10 dance category at the European Championships in 2017 and bronze medal in Professional 10 dance category at the 2019 World Championships. Marta puts a lot of energy into being a great teacher, and her couples are showing a lot of promise for the future. Marta has founded the Couture dressmaking company MMKouture, which makes high-end competition and practice wear for men and women. A newly licensed judge with The Danish Dance Sport Federation (DS), we delighted to have Marta at the Nordic Open!
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 & 1994, and 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 “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 judged the Eurogames 2016 in Helsinki and the Gay Games Paris 2018, and he is a third time judge at the Nordic Open.
Nikolaj started dancing when he was only two years old and he has not stopped since. Always concentrating on 10 dance, he has seven Danish Champion titles together with his current partner Marta Kocik. He also made an impact on the international level winning many competitions all over the world and reaching silver medal in Amateur 10 dance category at the European Championships and bronze medal in Professional 10 dance category at the World Championships. A man of many talents, Nikolaj’s second love is music, and he is a known and aspiring DJ talent in the underground music business, winning Burn Residency competition in Denmark and traveling to Ibiza to reach top 10 on the international level. It is Nikolaj’s judging debut after having received his license from The Danish Dance Sport Federation (DS), and we’re proud to welcome him!
Since 2005 Julien Poli has competed as a 10-dancer in France and across Europe. In 2008 he discovered same sex dancing and participated in his first EuroGames in Barcelona in 2008 in the Latin category, finishing 5th. Both a lover of mixed and same sex dancing Julien has competed in both WDSF and same-sex tournaments. With female standard partner he finished 3rd in the Senior French Standard Championshipin 2016 and 2017, and the are winners and finalists on several French Cups. With his male partner he became standard World Champion at the 2018 Gay Games. Besides being a Julien a freelance graphic designer, Julien creates his own LGBTQ + dance school, Laisser-nous danser in 2011. With over 200 students, it offers both ballroom dancing for social dancers and competitor as well as Hip-Hop classes. After dancing several times at the Nordic Open and licenced with “Fédération française de danse” is making his debut as a judge.
A standard and Latin dance sport competitor for twenty-four years, Mirian Sørensen hold a judging licence from Danish Dance Schools (DDD) and Danish Dance Sport Federation (DS) and international license from International Dance Organization (IDO). Mirian Sørensen runs her own dance academy, Danse-Huset Slagelse / Korsør / Sorø, where she teaches show, disco, hip-hop, funk, street, tap-dancing, swing and jitterbug. Mirian has judged Eurogames 2003 and OutGames 2009 in Copenhagen as well as Berlin’s Pink Ballroom and in 2019 the Hip hop/ Street Dance World championships in Bremerhaven. Mirian has judged the most Nordic Open competions, and we’re thrilled to have her back on the panel this year!