Dance Adjudicators

The Kiwanis Music Festival reserves the right to substitute or appoint another adjudicator.

Andrea Ciacci

March 29 – April 2

Andrea Ciacci With the thrill of athleticism and the exhilaration of the spotlight, Andrea fell in love with dance at a very young age. Her extensive training has included jazz, hip hop, tap, gymnastics, ballet, and contemporary. She later expanded her training to include acting, singing, and aerial silks.

Her performing arts career has taken her across North America, the Caribbean, and Asia, on stage and in film and television. She is a highly versatile, expressive, and dynamic performer.

She has had the opportunity to share her passion for dance by teaching and choreographing for shows, studios, and schools throughout Canada. “People have so much to gain from learning in dance. From the development of discipline, to a sense of accomplishment, increased self-esteem, exploration of emotion, self-discovery, and most importantly enjoyment.”

Outside of the entertainment industry, Andrea has a degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Corporate and Community Health Promotion. She has combined her interests to create a workshop, The Healthy Dancer; educating dancers and teachers about the needs for dancer’s physical and psychological health, and the physiology of proper training and injury prevention.

With a zest for life and a curious mind, in her time off, Andrea loves to travel, explore people and cultures, and experience adventures the world has to offer, from scuba diving, to hiking, to skydiving. From a French-Canadian and Italian background, Andrea is fluent in French.

Jessica Ford

March 29 – April 2

Jessica Ford began developing her unique style at the age of 4 at top studios in the GTA. She gained a strong technical foundation at Performing Dance Arts and Joanne Chapmans School of Dance. Jessica graduated from an arts high school as a modern dance major, receiving her Regional Arts Program certificate, and went on to graduate from the George Brown Dance program affiliated with Ballet Jorgen. She has had the opportunity to work with inspiring choreographers including Hanna Kiel, William Yong, Jessica Runge, Jade Whitney, Colleen Snell, Lauren Runions, Leon Blackwood, Scott Fordham, Alyssa Martin, Daniel McArthur, Kylie Thompson and many more. She has been featured in various music videos and on stages all over Ontario. Jessica is the founder and artistic director of Kalos:The Program; a contemporary training program aimed to bridge the gap between commercial and concert dance. She is also the Artistic Director and Manager of Human First Dance (HFD), a new developmental project geared towards giving professionals in the industry a safe place to train and perform in the city. Recently, Jessica signed a partnership between HFD/Kalos and CAMH to help raise money for mental health research and treatment. She is an award winning competitive contemporary choreographer as well as a sought out workshop instructor due to her vast knowledge in improvisational skills. Jessica is also on staff with Dance Attack Workshops and Competitions as both teaching and special awards judge staff. Currently, Jessica is the head of the jazz and contemporary departments at two competitive studios in Toronto and has won an abundance of choreography awards for her work with these studios. She is part of The Garage collective and contemporary company, i/o movement. She has also recently begun her career as a casting agent; casting music videos, performances, and brand ambassadors for small companies in Toronto. Jessica has always been known for her risk taking choreography and ability to have a non-artistic audience, find relativity in her work. She strongly believes in connecting a performer and a viewer through pieces created around real human experiences, aka the company name; Human First Dance

Kerri Mezzomo

March 29 – March 30

Kerri Mezzomo.jpgKerri is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator, and examiner. She is a member and examiner for Dance Masters of America, Canadian Chapter # 38, Vice-President as well as a Jazz and Tap Examiner of the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (P.A.E.C.). Kerri resides in Oakville and enjoys regional and national judging opportunities throughout Canada and the United States, and she is a teacher, choreographer, and the Dance Coordinator for Studio PAVAS in Mississauga, Ontario, since 1999.

scholarships, awards, and titles throughout Regional and National Competitions. Many of Kerri’s students have gone on to professional careers in theatre, on cruise ships, and with professional dance companies in North America and Europe.

Derene Venturini

March 29 – April 2

Derene VenturiniDerene Venturini has been teaching for over 35 years and is owner/director of her own studio. She is currently the President and a Tap, Jazz and Urban Examiner for the Performing Arts Educators of Canada. As past Chairperson of the P.A.E.C. Jazz committee she had a shared responsibility in creating & developing the jazz syllabus that is currently being examined across Canada.

Derene has been involved in adjudicating various dance competitions as well as choreographing for award winning precision skating teams, figure skaters and theatre groups. She consults as well as instructs student and teacher workshops and is involved in Elementary and Secondary School dance programs.

Her choreography has won numerous prestigious awards across Canada and United States. She is most proud of the fact she has students who have performed in such places as Spain, Mexico, California, Germany, New York City, Japan, Las Vegas, the Magic Kingdom at Disney and the Caribbean. Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers in teaching or as professionals in theatre and television.