Dawn Garrish has been teaching social and competitive dance in the Washington, DC area for over 32 years. She started as a baton twirler at the age of 5, winning the US Title in Dance Twirl at the age of 12. It wasn’t until she hit the local bar scene that she fell in LOVE with couples dancing. Her knowledge in Competitive Country Dance and West Coast swing is extensive. She holds 7 US Open swing titles in 4 different divisions. She was the first Masters Country Dance World Champion. She has won over 25 Top teacher awards, and was inducted into the Country Dance Hall of Fame in 2016. She has been judging for over 25 years and found her niche as Head Judge 10 years ago. Since then she can be found as the Head judge of many event across the US. She prides herself in idea that “The competitors come first”! Her memory is (normally) amazing and never minds if you ask her, her opinion. She is after all a MOM of two upcoming dancers themselves!