Judges 2024

Ian Gray

Guest Judge

When you treat people right, word gets around. That’s Ian Gray’s famous tagline from his business, owning and operating Salmon Arm GM. But this motto applies equally to Ian’s support of numerous community organizations including youth sports, the Kids Fishing Derby, the SPCA, Second Harvest Food Bank, along with many other causes. It’s hard to believe Ian has any spare time, but when he does, he loves to go boating on the lake and visit his newest venture, the Shuswap Shark Shack floating restaurant with his wife Holly, his son and daughter and his young grandchildren. Ian returns to the Dancing with the Shuswap Stars dance floor after a 2016 appearance with his daughter Kaitie. Last Year he danced with Heather Stranks and the couple raise the most money a couple have raise since the start of DWTSS. He’s back, this year as a guest Judge. Ian you are amazing!

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 2024 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!