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!

This year, Dmitry and Olga ended their evening with a final score of 194.708 out of 200.000, standing on the highest step of the pedestal with their well-deserved trophy.


Germany Makes the Final!

Our final also consisted of two more couples from Russia, two from Lithuania, and one couple from Germany that achieved quite the award. Here are the final placements:

RANK

COUPLE

COUNTRY

1.

Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova

Russia

2.

Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite

Lithuania

3.

Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna

Russia

4.

Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova

Russia

5.

Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva

Lithuania

6.

Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin

Germany


Anton Skuratov and Alena Uehlin of Germany made the final this year! Because the bronze medalists of last year, Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini of Italy, were not in attendance, there was one more slot open for the taking in the final. It was a strong battle to take that spot between Anton and Alena and Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina of Estonia.

In 2017, Anton and Alena were one place behind Madis and Aleksandra: the Estonian couple placed seventh and the German couple eighth. This year, we have Germany in the final in sixth place! Madis and Aleksandra kept their same place as last year – they took seventh, one step away from the final!



Progress in the Semi & Quarter-Finals

Couples that placed in the semi-final also achieved some amazing progress since this event took place last year. Evgeny Nikitin and Anastasia Miliutina of Russia placed eighth here at the 2018 ROC, when last year they placed last in the semi-final, in twelfth place. They gained control over competitors who took the upper hand the year before. Such couples include those from Germany such as Tomas Fainsil and Violetta Posmetnaya who placed ninth this year right after Evgeny and Anastasia, but eleventh last year ahead of the Russian couple.

Another strong achievement highlights Vasily Kirin and Ekaterina Prozorova of Austria, who took the first position in the quarter-finals last year in thirteenth place and were one step away from making the semi-final. This year, they made that semi-final and placed tenth!

Many say that the only element we can control on the floor during a competition is ourselves and ourselves only. We cannot change the floor, the lighting, the music, our partner, nor the adjudicators placing us. We can only have responsibility for ourselves at that moment in time. All the work is behind us, and ahead of us at the same time. The moment comes to perform, not to think, but to completely let go and shine. The grand thing about DanceSport is the passion that we see burning through the eyes of these fantastic athletes! There are truly no words to describe what they put out on that floor and what we have the chance to witness for ourselves as an audience.

With the conclusion of the Russian Open Championships of 2018, our WDSF athletes head back to their training and prepare for what lies next in their agendas.

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 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.