Judges 2023

Josh & Joanna Bickle

Guest Judges

Josh & Joanna Bickle – After lighting the floor on fire with their sexy Bachata in 2019, this winning power couple are looking to push themselves out of their comfort zone one more time – primarily because they know the value of Shuswap Hospice’s programs. While it was a very intimidating challenge to dance in front of the packed audience, they are proud of their accomplishments on the dance floor and of the boost they gave Shuswap Hospice’s bank account! Josh and Joanna have a busy life, owning and operating two local roofing companies, Integrity Roofing Corp. and Standard Roofing (2016) Ltd, taking Crossfit and spin classes as well as juggling the demands of two young children and a pint-sized Pomeranian. Back this year to entertain us from the other side of the dance floor Josh and Joanna know what it takes to do a great performance. As guest Judges we can expect some great banter with the contestants.

Carolyn Wonacott-Judge

Carolyn is the Dancing with the Shuswap Stars resident dance expert. The exploration of dance has been her passion and profession for most of her adult life. She has lived and worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, California and Mexico and has always been busy with either performing or teaching dance, especially ballet. Many young Shuswap Dancers got their training from
Carolyn at Shuswap Dance Center. Carolyn’s keen eye for technique and her outspoken nature gives our audience some insight into the challenge and the rewards of a good dance performance.

David Izik-Dzurko-Judge

Well known for his razor-sharp wit, long-time Dancing with the Stars judge David is a crowd-pleasing favourite as he critiques the performances. But David is more than just a few words, his musicality is second-to-none after spending years as a music teacher with School District 83. Music, dance and performance are in the genes of the Izik-Dzurko family. David has performed in choirs, concert bands, operas, rock bands and as an Elvis impersonator, while his son Jaeden is an internationally renowned, award winning concert pianist, and his daughter is a long-time ballet dancer.
We can’t wait to hear what he will think of this year’s performances.

Jared King-MC

Jared was a previous dancer, then returned as MC and did such and amazing job we couldn’t think of anyone else we’d want to take the mic for the 2023 event. As Principal of South Canoe School, Jared has had many opportunities to refine his skills with audiences from kindergarteners to adults. Jared has lived in Salmon Arm for more than a decade and has been involved in his community with athletics and the pursuits of his children. He may have been the runner up at a previous dance competition, but he’s number one in our hearts for guiding us through the evening’s festivities!