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!

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. 

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.