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.

This GrandSlam was the major competition that pursued the WDSF World Latin Championship that took place just earlier this month. Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia became the current World Champions and have come back to take the first place Gold at this GrandSlam on home territory. However, the most nerve-wracking moments of the night came in watching the battle between our Silver and Bronze Medalists of the evening.

Intensity Between Russia & Germany

The final began with the first dance of the Samba being danced as a solo presentation by each of the couples. Andrey Gusev and Vera Bondareva, representing the hosting country of Russia, took on a score of 37.918, beating their competitors Timur Imametdinov and Nina Bezzubova of Germany who had placed with a 37.834. This was a shock to all that witnessed this occurrence, and the anticipation did not end there!

The Rumba followed, danced by all couples together on the dancefloor. The Russian and German couple then scored in a way that had them tied in position for second place with 75.75 points each! The battle was very close all the way throughout the final. As the final solo dance of the Jive was performed, Timur and Nina took the clear second position. You could see on their faces a sigh of relief for their confirmed Silver. Russia took third, followed by Charles-Guillaume Schmitt and Elena Salikhova of France, Andrea Silvestri and Martina Varadi of Hungary in fifth, and Edgar Marcos Borjas with Alina Nowak concluding the final in sixth place.

A Wonderful Achievement in the Semi-Final

The semi-final also packed a punch! Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova, representing the country of Canada, made their second Latin GrandSlam semi-final of their entire career! Here at the ROC, they became 12th, making this semi-final with a 0.084 lead ahead of Artem Semerenko and Valeriya Kachalkowith of Kyrgyzstan! A 0.084 lead! Winson and Anastasia’s last GrandSlam semi-final was in Hong Kong in July of last year. They might have very well just began a new streak in advancing their competitive careers. A job well-done.

A Truly Breathtaking GrandSlam

Overall, the arena hosting the 2018 ROC, the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center in Moscow, Russia, was just miraculous! The arena was breathtaking in both size and presentation. The arrangement of audience placement was very well laid out – on three sides of the dance floor risers where available for the audience members. To fit that amount of dancers, adjudicators, and audience members so effortlessly show true quality in competition organization.

On one of the short sides of the dance floor, the adjudicator panel was placed as well as an orchestra that played live music during the final, accompanied by two singers performing classics of Ballroom Dancing music. Everything came together here at the ROC Latin GrandSlam, from the lighting, dancefloor, orchestra, supportive audience, and, of course, the outstanding dancing that we get to witness.

Out of 242 couples, only one couple can become the Champion couple. The adrenaline that comes from competing in the DanceSport world is a feeling of inexplicable and incomprehensible understanding. There is something about the rush before that first step onto the dancefloor, the support of the audience, the connection with the music and a partner that constitutes dance as something truly out of this world. In their own way, the dancers that we are able to watch share this exact same feeling with us at each of their performances. They are our connection to their beautiful world of DanceSport. A big congratulations to all of the competitors performing for their passion. You are our inspiration.

We now await the results of the Standard GrandSlam here at the Russian Open Championships. Stay tuned as we keep up with the latest news of this intensifying competition!

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!

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.