Recap | World Latin Championship

And the new Latin champions of the World DanceSport Federation are crowned! Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno have taken their well-deserved placement as the World Latin Champions of 2018! The last time that Russia took this World title was in 2010, when Alexey Silde and partner Anna Firstova won their second Latin title in a row. Then, Croatia won in 2011 (Zoran Plohl and Tatsiana Lahvinovich Galchun), Italy for three years in a row from 2012 to 2014 (Aniello Langella and Khrystyna Moshenska) and then Moldova for three years from 2015 to 2017 (Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus). Now Russia has come back to take the world-lead once again.

It was quite clear who the winners were in the eyes and hearts of the audience members from the very first moments of the competition. Each time that Armen and Svetlana would step onto the floor, the crowd would go wild, roaring with all of its excitement! From this perspective, they were already crowned even before they stepped onto that pedestal. Everyone knew what this partnership had gone through to finally reach this moment in their careers and lives.

Overall, it was a very interesting night in Ostrava, Czech Republic. From the very first heat, all of the couples were on fire! Honestly, I do not know what was more intense, watching the fight of the quarter-final about who was to make it into the semi, or watching the top 6 couples of the final battling for the final placements!

And then it came down to the final 6…

What a thrilling first dance the Rumba turned out to be! Each couple performed it solo on the floor and earned their first scoring of the final. Armen and Svetlana earned a 38.667 out of 40.000 points and took the lead out of the couples that had danced so far. Then, it was time for the presentation of Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska, representing Germany, and extremely hungry to take home the winning title of World Champions. They reeled in a 38.583 as they were the final couple to dance their solo Rumba. This was a 0.084 difference between first and second place! The fire was evident in their eyes as they saw a chance and possibility to be able to conquer in the following dance.

The Samba was next and was to be danced as a group, followed by the Cha-Cha and the Jive. This second dance turned out to be even more jaw-dropping in score placement. A 38.418 was awarded for Russia and a 38.366 for Germany in second, a 0.052 difference this time! However, dance after dance, these little differences are still differences. These differences add up, and in the end, the champions are the ones who have scored the most points. Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana took their lead as the Champions, and it was evident in the final solo presentation of the Paso Doble that this was their title for the taking.

The Victors

There was definitely an aura about the Champions last night that differentiated them from their competitors. Did anyone notice? They were exceptionally calm on the floor. They did not bring out their utmost fierceness and competitiveness like some of the other couples throughout the rounds taking place during the day. Actually, they were rather calm and aware of themselves and their belief that this day and night was what they had been working for their entire dance careers. Now, it was just time to enjoy and break free, which is exactly why such a strength exuberated from them as they entered the floor for each dance.

The most anticipated event of the year has now come to a close, sadly, but evidently. Everyone will now be preparing for the WDSF World Latin Championship of 2019, in a destination soon to be unveiled. We will be anticipating whether or not Armen and Svetlana will take part in this battle once again to fight for their second world title, or transition into the Professional Division. This, we will have to wait and see.

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.

Preview | WDSF GrandSlam Latin Moscow

The fifth and final leg of the WDSF GrandSlam series is approaching this weekend, before the top stars of the World DanceSport Federation take on the GrandSlam Final in Shanghai this upcoming December. 

Preview | GrandSlam Standard Moscow

The Russian Open Championships (ROC) will be hosting the fifth leg of the Standard GrandSlam series beginning this Saturday, October 27th, where the first round of the event will be commenced. All further rounds, all the way up to the final, will continue the following day, Sunday, October 28th.

Recap | World Champs Under 21

And the new Under 21 Standard World Champions of the World DanceSport Federation have just been crowned! Paul Rednic and Roxana Lucaciu of Romania have taken the highest step on the pedestal this October 20th, 2018, honoring their country’s flag, the country that hosted this fantastic World Championship. 

Preview | Under 21 Standard World Championship

With various WDSF World Championships having just concluded in Miami, Florida in the United States of America, we now travel to Timisoara, Romania to catch live the Under 21 Standard World Championship of the World DanceSport Federation hosted this coming Saturday, October 20, 2018, live on FloDance. 

Recap | American DanceSport Festival

The 3rd annual American DanceSport Festival has now officially come to a close! From the evening of Friday the 12th to this day of Monday the 15th of October, the 2018 ADSF arranged quite the spectacular for all attendees and viewers. Friday showcased the annual White Celebration Dinner Party hosted at the InterContinental Miami, the main venue of the competition. Competitors, officials, and various attendee viewers came out to enjoy the dinner, music, company, and – a surprise showcase of fireworks right outside! Definitely a memorable night for all those who came. 

Preview | American DanceSport Festival

The third annual American DanceSport Festival is about to kick off this Saturday, October 13th, in the tropical city of Miami, Florida. This year, the ADSF has brought various events to the table which has gathered the interest of dancers from all across the world. First of all, two World Championships of the World DanceSport Federation are sanctioned to take place here in the United States. Dancers of the Senior I Standard and Latin categories will have the chance to fight for the title that names them the best of the best. Actually, the American DanceSport Festival has sanctioned various World Championships each year since its first year of operations in 2016.