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.

Dmitry and Olga, representing the Russian Federation, made their country proud here in Vienna, Austria. Their score was 6.166 points above our Vice-Champions from Lithuania, Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite. Dancing together since 2003, this Russian duo was truly the spotlight of the night. They proved yet again how their dedication and passion towards this sport made their dreams become a reality.

Heat All Through the Night

Aside from the crowing champions, the Austrian crowd was truly going wild for each and every couple on that dance floor here at the Multiversum Schwechat. Usually when the quarter-final heats contain a total of 24 couples, the quarter-final of this World Championship contained 25 couples! The heat was definitely on and no one was to back down!

Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova, for example, representing the country of Canada, made this year’s quarter-final, placing 22nd, when last year they placed 27th, not making the quarters. Andres Liiv and Kristin Vaha of Estonia placed 26th last year and now made the quarter-final, placing 18th. Little by little, step by step, the journey to the top is a long one, but reaping the rewards makes this long journey worth it without question.

As the quarter-final transitioned into the semi-finals, instead of the usual 12 candidate couples, we saw 13 that made it through! Pasquale Farina and Sofie Koborg of Denmark made it, advancing from 14th in the quarter-final last year to 12th this year.

It may have been a difficult day for Vadim Shurin and Anastasia Meshkova of Latvia who took 13th just yesterday when last year they successfully placed higher in 9th place. David Odstrcil and Tara Bohak of the Czech Republic made an excellent rise from 17th last year to 11th place this year! The same goes for Daniil Ulanov and Kateryna Isakovych of Cyprus who were 15th last year and 9th in this World Championship, two slots away from the final!

Last but not least, let us take a look at the final standings of this 2018 WDSF Standard World Championship.

1.

Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova

RUS

2.

Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite

LTU

3.

Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini

ITA

4.

Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna

RUS

5.

Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva

LTU

6.

Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin

GER


It is quite clear that the strongest couples in the Standard division of the World DanceSport Federation arise from the countries of Russia and Lithuania. As stated earlier, Evaldas and Ieva finally took their role as Vice-Champions of the World for the first time in their careers, with last year’s Vice-Champions now in the Professional Division of the World Dance Council. This also made way for another couple to enter the final, a couple from Germany. Anton Skuratov and Alena Uehlin finally made it!

New Beginnings

Aside from the excitement taking place on the dance floor, another important event took place here in Vienna, Austria for the World DanceSport Federation. Mr. Shawn Tay was finally transferred to the role of the President of the WDSF during the evening’s opening ceremony by former President Lukas Hinder.

Last night was a night of many new beginnings, not only for the dancers of the World DanceSport Federation but for the Federation as a whole. From a new President to undefeated reigning World Champions, the industry keeps on growing and spreading the beauty of DanceSport throughout the World. A huge congratulations not only to the champions, Dmitry and Olga, but to all of the athletes chasing their dreams at this current moment. You are the future.

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. 

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.

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.