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.

In the ten dance division, the finalist couples dance both a Standard and a Latin final. Their combined scores of each of the finals produces the outcome of the entire event. Let’s take a look at the couples that made the top 6:

Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova

CAN

Daniil Ulanov - Kateryna Isakovych

CYP

David Odstrcil - Tara Bohak

CZE

Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova

EST

Armand Fazullin - Klaudia Iwanska

POL

Evgeny Sveridonov - Angelina Barkova

RUS


Expect the Unexpected

The Standard final was commenced first, after which we got quite the surprise. Results can never be 100% predicted, and it was quite clear that the competition was going to be a tight battle, especially between the pedestal placements. Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova of Canada were last year’s Ten Dance World Vice-Champions. Ranked 17th in the Latin and 23rd in the Standard WDSF World Ranking List, they were one of the top candidate couples to achieve an incredible result yesterday. However, then we had Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia, this year’s WDSF European Ten Dance Champions in the running as well, ranked 11th in Latin and 45th in the Standard WDSF World Ranking Lists. They did not compete in last year’s World Ten Dance Championship, but were definitely out for the title yesterday.

Going back to the results after the Standard final, many had quite the shock! Daniil Ulanov and Kateryna Isakovych of Cyprus had taken the lead! This couple placed fourth in last year’s Ten Dance World Championship and now had won the Standard leg! They were in a 13.25 lead over Konstantin and Dominika who were trailing behind in second! That is an immense lead! Sadly, Canadian couple Winson and Anastasia lost their runner-up position from last year.

The Latin Final

It was time for the Latin final, and it was clear that Konstantin and Dominika really needed to step up if they wanted to take home the victory. While Daniil and Kateryna rank 38th in the WDSF Latin World Ranking List, the Estonians rank 11th. If Konstantin and Dominika could make up for the loss of points they suffered in the Standard final, they could win! But, the challenge was not an easy one. However, the strength that the Estonian hold in the Latin division made them preserve as they took a 1.48 point lead over Cyprus, ending the night with a victory – a well-deserved victory.

The final placements were:

1.

Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova

EST

2.

Daniil Ulanov - Kateryna Isakovych

CYP

3.

Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova

CAN

4.

Evgeny Sveridonov - Angelina Barkova

RUS

5.

David Odstrcil - Tara Bohak

CZE

6.

Armand Fazullin - Klaudia Iwanska

POL


Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova had a fantastic Latin final and made the pedestal taking home a Bronze World Medal. Russia placed in fourth, Czech Republic in fifth, and Poland in sixth.

Watching any 10 Dance event truly makes one see the strength it takes to be a dancer in this industry. Not only do you have to be physically capable of dancing round after round, but you also have to do it with grace and ease, even though we all know that it is not easy at all. We lose with dignity and learn, and we win with humbleness and modesty. A big round of applause for all the competitors that took part in this event – the essence of being a DanceSport competitor.  

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.

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.