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Adjudicator 2024

Lisa Maloney

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Lisa Maloney is the current president of Australian Dance Adjudicators, being elected by her peers in 2017 after spending 8 years as the Secretary of the Association. Being an adjudicator for more than 15 years, Lisa has been able to witness the ever-evolving changes in dance. Her attention to technique and performance skills has been a strong attribute to her adjudicating style. 

Prior to focusing on adjudicating Lisa was a studio owner, teaching all genres. Later in her teaching career she contracted to multiple studios as a specialist tap teacher but always continued to ensure her dance knowledge broadened in other genres.

Lisa has travelled overseas and interstate as well as adjudicating both metropolitan and country competitions within NSW. She was invited to New Zealand to adjudicate as a specialist in tap and has conducted workshops and scholarship classes within her adjudicating appointments.

Lisa is very aware of all that goes into a performance and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with all performers so that they can continue to develop in their dancing journey.

Her motto is "practice, practice, practice" and she strongly believes that this gives a performer the best foundation to bring a confident and engaging performance to the stage.

Scribe 2024
Rowena Sanderson


Rowena is the current Secretary of Australian Dance Adjudicators. She believes in solid technique and strong performance skills and has a passion for everything theatre related!

Commencing lessons at the age of 2 years under the guidance of her mother Mary Garvie and then Beverley Rowles and Lois Foster, Rowena has been passionate about dance and theatre all her life. Studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz for many years, she achieved much success in examinations and eisteddfods throughout the country. 

Rowena has been teaching and choreographing for over 35 years. For many years she owned and operated a large successful Dance Studio in the Woolongong area of NSW where she trained students in R.A.D. Ballet, B.D.A. Tap, Modern/Contemporary, National Character and all styles of Jazz. The studio was sold to allow more time with her family and also her love of Musical Theatre and adjudicating. She has choreographed and performed in several musicals and has been involved in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and Wakakirri.

Rowena feels very fortunate to be able to pass on her knowledge and love of performing, and delights in encouraging the competitors to do the best they can and be proud of their achievements - No matter the result.

Past Adjudicators 


1992 Roslyn Boothroyd

1993 Robyn McCarthy 

1994 Lorraine Dawson

1995 Peter Stock

1996 Christine Waters

1997 Brian Nolan & Wendy Russell-Clarke

1998 Diane Talbot & Michelle Whitford

1999 Christine McCarthy

2000 Sheila Laing

2001 Christine Denny

2002 Wendy Russell-Clarke

2003 Roslyn Boothroyd

2004 Lisa Fernance

2005 Marilyn Morrison

2006 Wendy Laraghy

2007 Loretta Bertei

2008 Ann Butler

2009 Barbara Komazec

2010 Darren Disney

2011 Susan Martin

2012 Christine McCarthy

2013 Fleur Harlick

2014 Donna Lierse

2015 Nathan Sheens & Grant Dale 

2016 Keith Hawley & Katie Kermond

2017 Lisa Maloney

2018 Drew Anthony & Nicky Manego 

2019 Lisa Fernance & Summer Till

2020 No Competition due to Covid-19 Pandemic 

2021 Lucy Robertson

2022 Nicky Manego

2023 Jaz Flowers

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