Preview | WDSF Chengdu World Cup Latin

The 2018 WDSF Latin World Cup comes our way September 9th, streaming live on FloDance. 26 couples have currently registered for the event taking place in the city of Chengdu of the People's Republic of China. 

As we may already know, couples participating in the World Cup must be selected by their country’s official WDSF Member Body depending on the results of each country’s National Championship. One couple represents from each country participating in this event. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these couples. 

Umberto Gaudino and Louise Heise (DEN) 

It will be the first time that Umberto Gaudino and Louise Heise of Denmark will be representing their country at the WDSF Latin World Cup. Currently ranked 7th in the world, they are the highest ranked couple registered for this event thus far. From the year 2013, they have reigned as the National Danish Amateur Latin Champions - 6 times undefeated. Their first World Cup may very well end on a very uplifting note. We shall have to stay tuned!

Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova (EST) 

We will also be catching Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia, ranked 10th in the WDSF World Ranking Leaderboard. They are the second highest WDSF World Latin Ranked couple competing at this event. This couple has danced in the WDSF Latin World Cup back in 2011, and has also represented at the 10 Dance World Cup in 2011 and in 2014, the year in which they won the title. They are back at this event seven years later and have a very strong chance to battle it out on the floor this coming performance. 

2013 was the last year since a couple from the United States has come to represent the country at the WDSF Latin World Cup. In February of this year, Erroll and Amy Williamson have come under the U.S. flag, previously representing the country of Denmark. Their performance this coming World Cup puts much responsibility on their shoulders as it marks the comeback for the United States into the World Cup rankings.

A Chance to Make Your Mark

What is so interesting about this World Cup is that it differs from such events such as the WDSF Grand Slams and World Championships in the fact that the results and placements can be unpredictable. Unlike the usual leaders that take the pedestal each and every event, competitions such as the World Cup allow for other couples to truly shine and make their mark. 

This year, two Amateur WDSF World Cups are being held back to back. Unlike last year, for example, the Latin World Cup was held in June and the Standard World Cup in August. Now we get the chance to catch all of the action two days in a row! Being held in China, the competitors get an extra boost of motivation, confidence, and love that is exuded by the audience. In this country, DanceSport is a beloved art and sport, supported in many areas by the government itself to grow its athletes. Hosting such an event in such a locale truly makes the dancers feel like stars. 

FloDance will be on call to capture the amazing atmosphere and competition soon to take place. It will surely be a show you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned!

Recap | Battle in Shanghai at GrandSlam Latin Finals

During the course of this Saturday, December the 8th of 2018, we all had the chance to witness the WDSF GrandSlam Finals of the Latin division. Let me be the first to say, this was quite the fantastic show! Not only was the dancing pure magic, but the arena was cozy, the audience was welcoming, and the arrangement of the final made the night that much more exciting and at the same time, nerve-wracking, to watch. Before we dive into exploring what happened during the final, let us rewind a little bit to see how everything got started.

Preview | GrandSlam Finals Standard Shanghai

2018 WDSF GrandSlam Shanghai Standard Hype

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 will decide the crowing champions of the WDSF GrandSlam Finals in the Standard discipline. The entire year leading up to these Finals is essential in terms of GrandSlam participation and ranking for the couples that aim to be a part of this concluding event. The World DanceSport Federation hosts five GrandSlams throughout the year, and the Finals decides ultimately, the champion couple of the entire series for that year. 

Preview | What to Expect at GrandSlam Finals Latin

2018 WDSF GS Shanghai Latin Hype

Throughout the course of this upcoming weekend, the World DanceSport Federation will be hosting one of the most anticipated events of the entire year: the GrandSlam Finals, to be held in the city of Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. As an athlete of the WDSF, becoming a part of these Finals is a true achievement, one that comes depicting a couple’s performances of that entire year in regards to GrandSlams. The top twelve couples for each discipline are chosen based on their GrandSlam ranking positions, positions compiled based on performances of each GrandSlam attended. 

Eyes up! A Few Legit (Or Not So Legit) Reasons We Look Down When We Dance

Stop looking down!

How many times did you hear that when you were first learning to dance?  Maybe you still get caught checking out that sexy wooden floor. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone, especially when we’re trying a new or difficult step. Our eyes drop. It’s apparently very difficult to think and look straight ahead at the same time. It’s like we think the floor we’re dancing on is as rocky as our brains feel trying to remember the timing. One wrong move, and we could stumble and fall. Then a dance partner is put in front of us, and we can’t move our feet unless our eyes are glued to them. 

Recap | World Championship Standard

There it is! Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova take their fourth title as undefeated WDSF Standard World Champions, the first couple to ever win a WDSF World Championship four years in a row! Not only did they make history, but they also paved the way for upcoming generations to aim for even higher goals in their competitive careers.

Preview | Standard World Championship Vienna

This Saturday, November 17th, the World DanceSport Federation will be sanctioning one of its most prestigious events of the year – the Standard World Championship. This event will be taking place as part of the Austrian Open Championships, a renowned event that usually sanctions a WDSF World Championship each year. It is popularly known to host the WDSF Latin World Championship and last hosted the Standard World Championship in 2014.

Recap | WDSF World Ten Dance

Being a ten dance athlete is not just about physical endurance, but also about mental and emotional stamina. This is what made the difference for the champions of the night. We saw a part of each of these aspects yesterday at the 2018 WDSF World 10 Dance Championships that took place in Warsaw, Poland. The heat was definitely on, and the competition was top notch, especially when it came down to the finals.

Preview | World Ten Dance Championship

2018 World Ten Dance Warsaw Hype

This upcoming weekend, the Polish Cup International Dance Festival will be hosting the 2018 Adult Ten Dance World Championship in the city of Warsaw, Poland. 38 couples from 38 countries are on the starting list and ready for the showdown to take place this Saturday, November the 10th. 

Recap | WDSF GrandSlam Standard Moscow

What a conclusion to the 2018 Russian Open Championships! The World DanceSport Federation’s fifth Standard GrandSlam of the year is now complete and what a night it was! The crowd went wild for our finalists, three of which were Russian favorites. Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova took yet another win under their belt with a purely flawless presentation throughout the entire event. Their quickstep solo presentation of the final scored them their strongest score for this GrandSlam, a 39.124 out of 40.000 points possible. They were the only couple in this Standard GrandSlam to achieve a score in the 39.000 percentile!

Recap | WDSF GrandSlam Latin Moscow

The fifth and concluding Latin GrandSlam of the World DanceSport Federation has officially finished for the year of 2018, the top Latin WDSF couples will make their way to Shanghai this December for what is known as the GrandSlam Series Final.  Let’s take a look over what has happened here at the Russian Open Championships just yesterday.