Barbara Nagode Ambroz
Barbara has concluded her education as a dance teacher, trainer and adjudicator within the Sports Faculty in Ljubljana. As an adjudicator, she has 34 years of experience and has taught, lectured, and adjudicated in 56 different countries on all five continents - with a total of 40 years of experience in the dancing industry.
Barbara began teaching at the age of 18 years old. Her mother worked in a kindergarten and her aunt was a teacher as well, so she believes that maybe it was all in her genes from the very beginning. She knew that dancing was what she loved to do and found this out very early in life - for this reason, she considers herself very lucky.
Her teaching experience started out with children, where she would instruct in primary schools, teaching students. After two years of this work in Ljubljana, she and her co-workers established their first competitive group with those children that were interested in a future professional dancing journey. This is how her studio actually started to work systematically with the first juvenile and junior generation of dancers. Many of those kids later on achieved great results worldwide by becomming Junior Blackpool Winners, Under 21 Blackpool Winners, and overall Champions in all age groups.
Below is Barbara's thoughts on her approach to teaching:
Barbara Nagode Ambroz has trained Zoran Plohl and Tatsiana Lahvinovich Galchun when the couple moved from Maribor, Slovenia to Ljubljana. She helped them achieve many feats in their competitive career, leading them to overall victory.
Since February of 2014, Barbara organized yearly an educational project known as the Cuban Experience in Havana in cooperation with leading Cuban experts from the Instituto Superior del Arte. The project ran for 5 editions, until 2018 with the purpose of researching into the authentic Cuban and Latin music and dance forms and their influence on competitive Latin American dance styles. The project has joined over 300 participants from 30 different countries.
A documentary titled Back to the Roots: The Authentic Cuban Footprint in Competitive Latin American Dancing has been filmed detailing the experience, where we can see such dancers taking part as:
- Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis
- Massimo Arcolin and Laura Zmajkovicova
- Mirco Risi and Svetlana Borisova
- Daniele Sargenti and Uliana Fomenko
- Ferdinando Iannaccone and Yulia Musikhina
- Elena Duicu and Aexandru Andrei Mangra
- Damir Haluzan and Anna Mashchyts
- Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska
- Andrea Silvestri and Martina Varadi
Many great coaches also took part in the Cuban Experience including:
- Prof. Dr. Ruud Vermeij
- Peter Townsend
- Maximiliaan Winkelhuis
- Sergey Milicija
- Roemjana De Haan
- Jürgen Neudeck
- Lasse Odegaard
- Helmut Hanke
- Holger Nitsche
- Iwona Golczak
- Kristina Horvatova
- Karina Rubio
- Siscu Perez
- Ron Montez
- Tony Meredith
- Nadia Eftedal
- Brigitt Mayer
- Gunce Yoney
- Justas Kucinskas
- Jekaterina Kucinskas
- Maria Kangasaho
- Ferenc Polai
- Waltrud Polai
- Julia Polai
- Victoria Franova
- Koen Brouwers
- Dmitry Nikishkin
- Olena Shvets-Nikishkin
- Natalja Panina
- Maxim Kozhevnikov
- Eva Bartunek
- Petr Bartunek
- Alexandra Vlad
- Vaidas Skimelis
- Jurga Pupelyte
- Jean Dorff
- Oksana Nikiforova
- Michael Herdlitzka
Barbara has even written her book Back to the Roots: The Authentic Cuban Footprint in Competitive Latin American Dancing which further emphasizes her passion about this endeavor.
I am lucky to have great friends and colleagues like Prof. Dr. Ruud Vermeij or Peter Townsend with whom I share my thoughts regularly. Honest criticism is a two way street. For this reason, we attend each other’s lectures. We discuss new literature and we give each other feedback."
To order your copy of the book, Back to the Roots online, please click here.
Teachers are like a bridge between the past and the future. It is very important to know the past and think about the future. But the present is the most important because it is here when you act: WE ARE WHAT WE DO!
My ultimate motivation: the sparkle I see in my student’s eyes when they invent or discover things.
Barbara was nominated to adjudicate European and World Championships in International Style Standard and Latin in the Amateur and Professional divisions as well as GrandSlams and many other major competitions.
She has also judged the Blackpool Professional "Team Match” three times as well as the International Championships in London and United Kingdom Championships in Bournemouth many times. Her adjudicating experience extends to the German Open, Italian Open, Austrian Open, Spanish Open, Russian Open, USA Open in Miami and Los Angeles, and many National Championships all over the world.
- Studied pedagogy and the Romance languages at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Finished seven years of music school, playing the piano
- Concluded her education as a dance teacher, trainer and adjudicator within the Sports Faculty in Ljubljana
- Teaching since the age of 18 years old
- Has over 34 years of experience as an adjudicator
- Total of over 40 years of dancing experience (teaching, adjudicating, lecturing, dancing)
- Has taught, lectured, and adjudicated in 56 different countries on all five continents
- Filmed the Documentary Back to the Roots: The Authentic Cuban Footprint in Competitive Latin American Dancing in Havana, Cuba
- Author of Back to the Roots: The Authentic Cuban Footprint in Competitive Latin American Dancing - detailing her music and movement research experiences in Havana, Cuba
- One of the main trainers of WDSF World Amateur & Professional Latin Champions, Zoran Plohl and Tatsiana Lahvinovich Galchun