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!

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