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.

Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno Secure 11th WDSF GrandSlam Title

World Champions Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia secured their 11th WDSF GrandSlam title at the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Bucharest. It was quite a tight race, especially as seen in the final scoring, with some couples neck-and-neck until the very last dance.

Recap | 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Bucharest Standard

Across the entire globe, the dancing community has been celebrating the victory of the new WDSF Standard GrandSlam Champions, Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania.

Latin Competitors Flock To Bucharest For First WDSF GrandSlam Of 2019

Dance Masters has been hosting WDSF events for many years, and now the time has come for the competition to make history by hosting the WDSF GrandSlam series for the very first time in the country of Romania! 

Preview | WDSF DanceSport GrandSlam Season Kicks Off In Bucharest

Come along with us and experience a great kick-off to the WDSF GrandSlam series of 2019! Our journey begins in the city also known as “Little Paris”, renowned for its incredibly gorgeous architecture and history. Bucharest is not only the capital of Romania, but also its largest city with a population of more than 2 million. The first GrandSlam leg will be held right here, the first time ever in Romania.

Multiyear Partnership With United Country Western Dance Council

AUSTIN, Texas — March 4, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced a multiyear partnership with the United Country Western Dance Council to provide live and on-demand coverage of UCWDC events, including the Country Dance World Championships through 2023 on FloDance.com.

Watch Guide: 2019 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships Season

From country to swing, from Nashville to Albuquerque, the 2019 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships season is live on FloDance!

Victory Is Yours, Now What?

Your big day has finally arrived. The competition you’ve worked so hard to prepare for is about to begin. You step out and OWN that dance floor! Everything comes together perfectly. You and your dance partner are completely in sync and you’ve never felt more connected to the music. Awards time comes and you’re the winner! You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

Bouncing Back After A Big Loss

Let me know if this sounds familiar. You’re a passionate dancer. You work hard in your private lessons and your solo practice. You’ve competed in a few small or local competitions and placed well. Your teacher thinks you’re ready for the big one! You do everything you can to prepare yourself to dominate that dance floor. Then you go and compete, and you lose big time. You may have even danced your best, but the results say the opposite. You return home devastated.

New Level, New Devil: Unexpected Challenges We Face As We Advance

After winning a World title at the Closed Silver level in American Smooth last year, my teacher and I decided to skip Gold and move straight up to the Open division. A whole new world of possibilities opened up as the syllabus became just a starting point for our dancing, instead of the structure that our dancing had to fit into. Open presented the opportunity to be more creative and build routines that were more uniquely me.

New Year, Another Chance

The New Year has rolled in, bringing with it not only new dreams, goals, and expectations, but also a breath of fresh air for all those who aim to take great strides in the coming months, particularly the athletes of the DanceSport industry. Let’s take a closer look at what the New Year has in store for the dancers, audience members, and World DanceSport Federation as a whole.