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.

The Anticipation Begins

81 couples are registered thus far and what a grand sight it will be at the Multiversum Schwechat Sports Arena to witness another DanceSport spectacle, especially because we will be anticipating another win for the current reigning Standard World Champions. Representing the Russian Federation, Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova will be in the running to secure their 4th undefeated World title in a row! In the year of 2014 when the WDSF Standard World Championship was last hosted in Vienna, Dmitry and Olga became the Vice Champions for the first time in their careers. In 2015, they finally secured their first World title and have been undefeated since. Now they will be back in Vienna, but this time we look forward to them achieving the most victorious step on the placing pedestal.

A Line-Up of Possible Finalists

The Vice-Champion slot is officially up for grabs! Last year’s runner-up couple represented the country of Germany - Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol. They have transitioned into the Professional Division and are now dancing as a couple of the World Dance Council. Therefore, we also have a slot open for the final as well. Anton Skuratov and Alena Uehlin, also of Germany, took seventh in the World last year. They missed the final by 0.414 of a point! Maybe the time has come that one German couple made way for another German couple to dance in the final of a WDSF World Championship. However, by the WDSF World Ranking List, Anton and Alena are ninth on the list, meaning that eight couples are higher in rank. Take a look below:

WDSF World Ranking List

1.

Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova

RUS

2.

Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite

LTU

3.

Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova

RUS

4.

Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna

RUS

5.

Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini       

ITA

6.

Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina

EST

7.

Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva

LTU

8.

Evgeny Nikitin - Anastasia Miliutina

RUS

9.

Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin

GER


From the above list, the couples marked in bold will be in attendance of this World Championship. We have 7 couples highlighted but only 6 slots available for the final.

We can also take a look at last year’s results of the Standard World Championship – the top 12 - and compare those standings with the current standings of the WDSF World Ranking List.

2017 WDSF Standard World Championship Ranking #1-12

1.

Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova

RUS

2.

Simone Segatori - Annette Sudol

GER

3.

Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite

LTU

4.

Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini        

ITA

5.

Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva

LTU

6.

Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova

RUS

7.

Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin

GER

8.

Vasily Kirin - Ekaterina Prozorova

AUT

9.

Vadim Shurin - Anastasia Meshkova

LAT

10.

Nikolay Darin - Natalia Seredina

MDA

11.

Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina

EST

13

Qiu Yuming - Wei Liying

CHN


From this comparison, we can expect changes coming our way since last year’s Championship. First of all, currently ranked third in the World by the WDSF Ranking list is a couple of the Russian Federation, - Alexey Glukhov and Anastasia Glazunova, a couple that placed sixth last year, but will not be in attendance of the event this year. For this reason, we have another slot open in the final!

Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania were Bronze Medalists last year and we expect them to take the Silver this weekend. Ranked second in the World Ranking List, they have been taking third place at the WDSF World Standard Championship for 4 years in a row, since 2014, when the Championship was hosted in Vienna! We shall be awaiting their final awaited rise!

A Tough Fight for the Final Placements

From Italy, Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini rank fifth in the WDSF World Ranking List and took fourth last year at the Worlds. They have tough competition against Evgeny Moshenin and Dana Spitsyna of Russia, who are ranked fourth in the Ranking List and did not compete at Worlds last year. Also, ranked sixth in the Ranking List is a couple from Estonia, Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina who took eleventh place last year, close to the bottom of the semi-final. However, this couple has been on the rise to the top and we expect some incredible dancing to exude from them this Saturday.

All in all, results can never be predicted, especially when such dedicated athletes strive for their goals, a chance to fulfill their dreams dancing at a World Championship. A flame is ignited the moment of entrance to the arena where their whole life can change in the blink of an eye. For those few moments in the spotlight, hours, endless hours, are put into the striving work to achieve those few moments of pure enjoyment on the floor. It is an addiction. We look forward to witnessing incredible dancing here in Vienna, from incredible people that live their passion every day.

Stay tuned on FloDance!

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.

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.