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

Unlike the WDSF Adult Standard or Latin World Championships where two couples from each representing country may attend, the Ten Dance World Championship allows only one couple to compete for any representing country. Last year, this event was hosted in Marseille, France on the 8th of October. 36 couples participated, with Germany taking the Gold. Dumitru Doga and Sarah Ertmer were crowned the champions but will not be coming back this year for another shot at the title. The couple has not competed in any Latin nor Ten Dance WDSF events since the Ten Dance Championship of 2017.  They instead have focused now on the Standard division alone. This makes room for another German couple to take up representation: Jan Janzen and Vitalina Bunina.

Will Last Year’s Runner-Up Couple Take the Lead?

The Vice-Champions of last year were Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova of Canada. They have been rising event after event and are one of the youngest couples currently to be at the heights of WDSF competition in both the Standard and Latin divisions. In Standard, they are ranked 23rd in the World by the WDSF Ranking List and 17th in Latin. This may very well be their second Ten Dance World Champion title of their careers. Back in 2014, they took the Under 21 Ten Dance World Champion title when the event was held in their representing country of Canada in the city of Vancouver. Now, they can very well secure the Gold once again, but this time in Warsaw in the Adult division.

Russia in the Game

We will also keep an eye out for the Russian representatives, last year’s bronze medalists Evgeny Sveridonov and Angelina Barkova. In 2015, they actually became the Under 21 Ten Dance World Champions when the event took place in Riga, Latvia. They may certainly give Winson and Anastasia a run for their money here in Warsaw. 

Sibling Rivalry to Play a Part

Last but not least, we have a bit of sibling rivalry soon to take place! Errol and Ami Williamson are a brother-sister ten dance duo representing the United States of America. They will be going against their brother Earle Williamson, dancing with Veronika Myshko, representing the country of Ukraine. It’s hard to say whether or not the rivalry will aid in the performances of these two couples, kicking in the adrenaline for stand-out performances, or rather hindering the presentations of these dancers. Sometimes the support that having family with you brings is all you need to truly shine. We shall have to wait and see!

The Arena Ursynów will be the hosting site of this WDSF World Championship. Dance Sport Federation Poland, Poland’s official member body of the World DanceSport Federation is the organizing institute for this sanctioned Championship. FloDance will be streaming live this event this Saturday, November 11th, and we will all be awaiting the results – who will be crowned the new WDSF Adult Ten Dance World Champions this year?

Recap | Battle in Shanghai at GrandSlam Latin Finals

During the course of this Saturday, December the 8th of 2018, we all had the chance to witness the WDSF GrandSlam Finals of the Latin division. Let me be the first to say, this was quite the fantastic show! Not only was the dancing pure magic, but the arena was cozy, the audience was welcoming, and the arrangement of the final made the night that much more exciting and at the same time, nerve-wracking, to watch. Before we dive into exploring what happened during the final, let us rewind a little bit to see how everything got started.

Preview | GrandSlam Finals Standard Shanghai

2018 WDSF GrandSlam Shanghai Standard Hype

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 will decide the crowing champions of the WDSF GrandSlam Finals in the Standard discipline. The entire year leading up to these Finals is essential in terms of GrandSlam participation and ranking for the couples that aim to be a part of this concluding event. The World DanceSport Federation hosts five GrandSlams throughout the year, and the Finals decides ultimately, the champion couple of the entire series for that year. 

Preview | What to Expect at GrandSlam Finals Latin

2018 WDSF GS Shanghai Latin Hype

Throughout the course of this upcoming weekend, the World DanceSport Federation will be hosting one of the most anticipated events of the entire year: the GrandSlam Finals, to be held in the city of Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. As an athlete of the WDSF, becoming a part of these Finals is a true achievement, one that comes depicting a couple’s performances of that entire year in regards to GrandSlams. The top twelve couples for each discipline are chosen based on their GrandSlam ranking positions, positions compiled based on performances of each GrandSlam attended. 

Eyes up! A Few Legit (Or Not So Legit) Reasons We Look Down When We Dance

Stop looking down!

How many times did you hear that when you were first learning to dance?  Maybe you still get caught checking out that sexy wooden floor. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone, especially when we’re trying a new or difficult step. Our eyes drop. It’s apparently very difficult to think and look straight ahead at the same time. It’s like we think the floor we’re dancing on is as rocky as our brains feel trying to remember the timing. One wrong move, and we could stumble and fall. Then a dance partner is put in front of us, and we can’t move our feet unless our eyes are glued to them. 

Recap | World Championship Standard

There it is! Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova take their fourth title as undefeated WDSF Standard World Champions, the first couple to ever win a WDSF World Championship four years in a row! Not only did they make history, but they also paved the way for upcoming generations to aim for even higher goals in their competitive careers.

Preview | Standard World Championship Vienna

This Saturday, November 17th, the World DanceSport Federation will be sanctioning one of its most prestigious events of the year – the Standard World Championship. This event will be taking place as part of the Austrian Open Championships, a renowned event that usually sanctions a WDSF World Championship each year. It is popularly known to host the WDSF Latin World Championship and last hosted the Standard World Championship in 2014.

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.

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.