Deidre A. Haley
Deidre Haley, owner and director of AllStar Dance Academy, brings her expertise of her old school Cabaret to the judging panel of the Best of 2019. Deidre grew up in her family owned dance studio---the Mike Haley Dance Center, studying Ballet, Tap, and Jazz under Miss Lana Kroth, Miss Connie Espinosa, and Miss Jana Streigle. After many years of studio dance training and competitions, Deidre went on the study dance and education at the University of New Mexico under then director Bill Evans. During her studies at UNM, Deidre was also the manager and head teacher at the Mike Haley Dance Center West Side.
Michael Estacio-Burdick, Co-Owner Sidewinders Ranch - Judge
Michael grew up in Hamburg, Iowa and is co-Owner of Sidewinders; in his spare time, he helps produce shows with the Southwest Arts Group. He has over 20 years of management level experience across various industries. His experience includes Interim General Manager and Director of Marketing for San Felipe's Casino Hollywood, Director of Marketing and Database Marketing for Santa Ana Star Casino, Sr. Marketing Operations Manager for PRIMEDIA Enthusiast Publication, and Operations Manager and Executive Account Manager for Palm Coast Data. He is also a recipient of the Cumbre Public Relations Awards; Best of Show for New Mexico Open, Gold Award Relationship Management, and Silver for Branding Campaign; New Mexico American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year Award, best multi-media branding campaign (company received); Barona/VCAT Marketing Excellence Award - Branding and Multi-channel Marketing; and over 25 Romero Casino Marketing Awards - "Large Casino" - in Promotional, Multi-Media, E-Marketing, and Public Relations. Michael is based out of Albuquerque New Mexico.
Hasani Olujimi, Singer, Actor, and Judge
Hasani Olujimi, Singer and Actor, is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a local actor and entertainer right here in Albuquerque. Some of his treasured roles on the theater stage are Donkey in “Shrek”, Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” and Horse in “The Full Monty” - a performance that won him the coveted Vivian Vance Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a musical. Theater is not what he does, it's who he is. If you can’t find Hasani around town, just pull out your telescope and look amongst the stars - you are sure to find him there!
Avery Taureaux, Dancer and Female Impersonator
Avery Taureaux is the definition of Black Girl Magic. A performer at a young age, she found her calling through the art of Drag, debuting early 2018. She is a resident member of Blackout ABQ, your “Best of 2018” 3rd place winner, and the producer of many ‘Taureaux Variety Shows’ taken place at Sidewinders Ranch. Avery has shared her talents across the nation performing in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, California, and locally here in New Mexico. Her next produced event is CANDYLAND on Saturday, January 11, 2020!
Renato Estacio-Burdick, MBA, MMus. - Head Judge
Renato Estacio-Burdick, Bass-Baritone, is the Artistic Director of the Black Cat Cabaret and has been active for 30+ years in productions to include one-acts, musicals, revues, operas, operettas, theater; Estacio has also been an entertainer in singing, acting, radio, and voice-over narrator, as well as show host for over 25 years. As Artistic Director, Estacio-Burdick is focused primarily on guiding artistic excellence, artistic growth, leadership development, and community engagement. Estacio-Burdick also serves as a Commissioner of Music for New Mexico, where they assist in the preservation of music in New Mexico, and was Founder and District Director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for New Mexico during the 2015 and 2016 MONC auditions.
Estacio-Burdick is a guest judge for the NM State Fair Karaoke Competition, was President of the Southwest Arts Group from 2013 – 2016 (holding a residency at the African American Performing Arts Center), and Director of Marketing/PR for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Renato was a professional casino entertainer, hosting shows and performing on stage in Broadway and Holiday Show Revues. Other stage credits include Masetto (Don Giovanni), Spirit 3 (Magic Flute), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Player 4 (If Men Played Cards as Women Do), Gentleman Starkey (Peter Pan), Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz), Tin Woodsman (Wizard of Oz), Guardian of the Gates (Wizard of Oz), Brian Furman (Christmas Recaptured), Sir Despard Murgatroyd (Ruddigore), Luis (Gondoliers), Boysy Dunbar (War on Tatem), Epimetheus (Prometheus), Teddy (Rhiannon’s Diary), and other roles. Estacio conducts the choir “The Cat’s Meow” and has taught voice for 17 years.
Estacio-Burdick took courses in acting at the Acting Studio (NY), and voice, movement, and acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Residence). In high school, Renato was recipient of the Mark Hamill Fine Arts Award, and several awards for his performances in pantomime, and one-act plays. They hold advance degrees in music (performance) and business marketing.