Toni Redpath was born in Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia, and started ballroom dancing at the age of 9, after accompanying a friend to a local dance competition and deciding that it looked like too much fun not to try. At 18, Toni represented Norway for three years with then partner Jan Tore Jacobson before moving to England and passing her Imperial Society Professional Exams with high honors. Toni later joined her family in America and began her professional career as an instructor at the Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, Southern California. Michael Mead and Toni formed a professional ballroom competition partnership and developed a unique style that ultimately led them to setting a record by winning the US Open Ballroom Championships 4 years in a row (undefeated throughout) before retiring from competition in 2002. Toni has choreographed and guest judged for shows, (So You Think You Can Dance), was on the Board of Advisers and was a featured judge on TLC’s Ballroom Blitz, trains World Champion American Style ballroom dancers, is a certified World Class judge, and judges at all the major US Ballroom competitions.