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.

The Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center is a well-renowned arena where various DanceSport events throughout the year are hosted, in both the World DanceSport Federation and the World Dance Council. Now, one of the largest GrandSlams of the WDSF will be run here as well.

A Look Back to Last Year

175 couples participated in this Standard GrandSlam last year, of which 151 were from Russia! Not only were the Champions of the hosting country, the incredible Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova, but there were also two other finalist couples representing Russia as well - Evgeny Moshenin with Dana Spitsyna who were one step away from making pedestal placement (fourth place) and Alexey Glukhov with Anastasia Glazunova (fifth place). Now we anticipate the outcome of the 2018 Standard GrandSlam. 

And the Competition Grows

This year, 219 couples are registered! 43 couples of are foreign countries while 176 are Russian couples. Every single couple, except for one, that made the final of last year’s GrandSlam here in Moscow, will be attending. Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini of Italy were last year’s bronze medalists. They are not in the starting list at the moment and therefore leave a pedestal placement open for the taking. As a result, there is also another finalist placement open to complete the top six. 

Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina of Estonia have a strong chance of making this year’s GrandSlam Moscow final. They placed seventh last year and are one of the youngest couples to be at the heights of WDSF competition in Standard. They are currently sixth in the WDSF World Ranking List and we are very excited to see them achieve even further success in the coming months to come. However, they have intense competition with Lithuania. Vaidotas Lacitis and Veronika Golodneva took the last spot available in the final last year, sixth place. 

Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva 2017 GrandSlam Standard Final

Even though they are ranked seventh in the World Ranking List below Madis and Aleksandra, there is a tough competitiveness that we will see here this weekend as Estonia and Lithuania vie for each spot. 

Anton Skuratov and Alena Uehlin of Germany will also be in attendance. They placed eighth last year and are ranked ninth in the World. This couple will be in battle with Evgeny Nikitin and Anastasia Miliutina of Russia, a couple who is ranked higher as eighth in the World. However, Nikitin and Miliutina did not attend this GrandSlam last year, which will make this year’s event even more exhilarating. 

In 2016, both the Latin and Standard GrandSlams that were supposed to be sanctioned in Moscow on the 28th and 29th of October were canceled. This was to be the fifth leg of the GrandSlam series before the Final GrandSlam to take place in Shanghai in December. The GrandSlam was moved to Platja d'Aro, Spain to take place the 29th and 30th of October. Actually, there were various problems that concluded with the World DanceSport Federation taking Russia’s WDSF member body under its own control. 2017 was the year that the Russian Open Championships came back under the new All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock' n'Roll, and it came back with a bang! It was so successful that it was considered one of the biggest events of the WDSF based on the number of participants. 

Make sure to check back on FloDance this weekend as the Standard GrandSlam begins streaming live. We are very excited to be able to witness another major event of the World DanceSport Federation! There is always the chance for a competitive couple to make a breakthrough on that dance floor – the true beauty of competition. Stay tuned!

Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno Victorious In Rimini

And things keep changing! The third GrandSlam of the WDSF calendar year has officially concluded here in Rimini, Italy, and we found ourselves face to face with some intriguing occurrences!

Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Continue Success In Rimini

We are in Rimini, Italy, and the second day of the GrandSlam series is soon to commence, but we cannot forget about the excitement that filled the halls of the Rimini Expo Centre just last night! From a total of 148 couples, one champion couple was crowned—Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania achieved their third WDSF GrandSlam title of their careers, making them the undefeated champions of the 2019 series.

WDSF Rimini GrandSlam Prepares Latin Dancers For Worlds

The Standard competition will kick off this weekend’s upcoming event in Rimini, Italy, and the Latin session will highlight its end. 

Italian Dancers In The Spotlight At Rimini Standard GrandSlam

And we are back! Off to Italy we travel as we come to stream live the third GrandSlam leg of the year. To be exact, we will be on the eastern coast of the country in the town of Rimini. This is the second year that a GrandSlam will be hosted in this seaside community in a country known for its art, fashion, vespas, pizza, and pasta, as well as impeccable performance in the world of competitive dance.

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Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Continue To Dominate

After a few days to reflect upon the competition in Paris, it’s time to recap the second leg of the WDSF 2019 GrandSlam series in the Standard division.

Orange Blossom Dance Festival Starts The Summer Off With A Bang

Summer is officially here, dancers! Another great UCWDC event is in the books and we are already looking forward to the next. Competitors came ready to show off their skills and it resulted in a great weekend of dance.

Top Russian Duo Earns Their 12th Latin GrandSlam Title

Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia have done it once again! Here in Taipei, they have earned their 12th WDSF GrandSlam title, and they did it with an air of impeccable ease. The night was theirs and they owned it.

Italy's Top Couple Looking For An Upset In Taipei City

And of course, we cannot forget about Standard! After the Latin competitors take on the floor in Taipei tomorrow, the Standard couples will have their chance this Sunday, June 2, to participate in the second leg of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam series.

Taipei Hosts Exciting Showdown Between Top Latin Pairs

And now we are off once again, but this time to yet another new stop on this grand journey of DanceSport athletes worldwide: Taipei. Here, we will be awaiting the coming of the second WDSF GrandSlam leg of the annual year in both the Latin and Standard divisions.