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Marina Rogova-O'BrienProfessional Dancer
Marina O’Brien is a professional dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer. She is an expert in International Ballroom Dance. Born in Ukraine, she has been dancing and teaching most of her life. Along with her extensive professional performing career, Marina carries a rich educational background. She holds an Associate of Arts in Dance and a Master's Degree in Teaching from the National Pedagogical University in Kiev, Ukraine. In addition, Marina holds an Associates of Business and Paralegal Degrees from Yavapai Community College. Since moving to the US, Marina continued to perform, choreograph and teach. Marina’s teaching experience includes Ballroom Dance, Ballet, Jazz & Tap, Dance Choreography, Modern Dance, Salsa, Pound Fit and Zumba. For the last decade Marina has been sharing her passion for dance as a faculty at Yavapai College teaching classes and choreographing shows. Marina has beautifully choreographed numerous shows including “The Nutcracker,” “The Secret Garden,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “White Christmas” musical with a rich variety of dance styles performed. Marina feels delighted and honored to pass on her knowledge and international experience to her students and the community of Prescott. As a mother, Marina fully appreciates the value that the Boys & Girls Clubs brings to our community, and is thrilled to lend her skills to Dancing for the Stars.
Judd SimmonsCelebrity Dancer
Judd was born in Syracuse, NY, and when his father finished law school there, Mom, Dad and Judd moved to Arizona and have called Prescott home since 1978. Judd is a graduate of Prescott High School and Northern Arizona University. A few years after finishing college, Judd met his wonderful wife, Carrie, and as a result, have two amazing boys, Nate and Zane. Judd has been a real estate appraiser for 20 years and is now the current Yavapai County Assessor. Judd enjoys many recreational activities including hunting, fishing, dirt and mountain biking, and lucky for him so do his sons. He also enjoys Jeeping, camping and traveling with his wife of 23 years.