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. 

Last year’s Vice Champions, Paul and Roxana persevered to take home the win yesterday. Ranked 29th in the WDSF World Ranking List in the Adult Amateur Standard Division, the couple finished with a final score of 178.292 out of a possible 200, a whopping 6.551 points ahead of Marco Bodini and Kristina Charitonovaite of Italy, our Vice Champions of this year.

The final began with solo performances of the Tango and the crowd went absolutely wild for Romania’s representatives – our champions, Paul and Roxana, and our bronze medalists, Stan Tiberiu-Florin and Daria Grigore. Whether it was the pride and adrenaline present in dancing on home turf, or just the excitement of dancing the final of a World Championship, both Romanian couples lit up the floor at the Constantin Jude Sport Hall. Stan and Daria even tied with Marco Bodini and Kristina Charitonovaite, our silver medalists, in their Waltz. The difference in scoring between overall second and third place was only in 1.698 points! 

In 5th place of this World Championship final was a couple representing the country of Japan - Kazuki Sugawara and Laura Collavizza. They finished with a total of 161.951 points, 0.452 points higher than our 6th place finalists from Italy, Andrea Gioncada and Vera Demidova.

A Strong Result for Japan

Kazuki and Laura just danced their third and final Under 21 World Championship of this year! In April, they performed in Moscow, Russia at the Under 21 World 10 Dance Championship where they placed 13thth out of 70 couples. In May, they danced in Tbilisi, Georgia at the Under 21 Latin World Championship, placing 20th out of 89. Now they concluded their final Under 21 World Championship for this year, improving substantially from last year when they placed 12th, at the bottom of the semi-final. Now, their hard work and never-ending persistence had them accomplish an incredible feat of making it into the final of a WDSF World Championship.

The Under 21 Division - A Chance for Competitors

The wonderful thing about the Under 21 division of dance is the fact that it allows the transition to occur for youth dancers making their way into the adult age category. When the Under 21 division did not yet exist, dancers turning 19, had to step out of the youth category (16 to 18 years old), and compete with adult competitors who could be aged older than 30. Of course these older dancers have much more experience and knowledge and would most likely have the upper hand when it came to competition. Now, Under 21 categories allow youth dancers and adult dancers under 21, to come together and transition together as a result, into the highest level of WDSF competition before the Professional Division.

With the conclusion of the WDSF Under 21 World Championship, we make our way to Moscow, Russia this weekend to witness live and share with you the fifth GrandSlam of the 2018 World DanceSport Federation calendar year, before the final leg taking place in Shanghai this December. Catch all the stars on the floor, especially the Latin competitors, many who have just recently taken part in the World Championship on October 6th. Stay tuned!

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.

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.