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. 

Throughout the year, the WDSF hosts a total of five GrandSlams in their GrandSlam series and concludes the year with the GrandSlam Finals to determine the best of the best when it comes down to this event. Let us briefly review the GrandSlams that took place this year:

  • March 4th, 2018: Helsinki - Finland
  • June 30th, 2018: Taipei - Chinese Taipei
  • July 15th, 2018: Rimini - Italy
  • August 10th, 2018: Stuttgart - Germany
  • October 26th, 2018: Moscow – Russia

If a couple has participated in one of the above events, it receives points depending on placement in that event. The more GrandSlams danced, the greater chance to get higher on the ranking list.

The Latin Kick-Off

Saturday will kick off the Latin segment of the GrandSlam Finals. Below are the top 12 current GrandSlam Ranking List standings along with the couples’ final ranking and scores earned from dancing in the GrandSlam events of 2018:

Rank

Points

Couple

Country

FIN

TAI

ITA

GER

RUS

1.

4560

Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno

RUS

1) 1140

1) 1140

1) 1080

-

1) 1200

2.

4432

Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska 

GER

2) 1083

2) 1083

2) 1026

1) 1240

-

3.

4316

Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova

GER

-

3) 1026

3) 972

2) 1178

2) 1140

4.

4134

Andrey Gusev - Vera Bondareva

RUS

4) 969

4) 969

4) 918

3) 1116

3) 1080

5.

4012

Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova

FRA

3) 1026

5) 912

5) 864

4) 1054

4) 1020

6.

3719

Andrea Silvestri - Martina Varadi

HUN

5) 912

6) 855

-

5) 992

5) 960

7.

3438

Edgar Marcos Borjas - Alina Nowak

POL

8) 741

7) 798

6) 810

6) 930

6) 900

8.

3220

Umberto Gaudino - Louise Heise

DEN

6) 855

8) 741

7) 756

7) 868


9.

2747

Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova

EST

12) 513

10) 627

10) 594

8) 806

9) 720

10.

2746

Timur Yusupov - Sofia Kharina

RUS

9) 684

-

11) 540

10) 682

7) 840

11.

2576

Jakub Lipowski - Illes Diandra-Aniela

POL

11) 570

9) 684

8) 702

11) 620

-

12.

2436

Anton Aldaev - Natalia Polukhina

RUS

13) 399

11) 570

9) 648

12) 558

10) 660


The list above is compiled of the couples who competed in almost all of the GrandSlams of the WDSF, sanctioned throughout the course of the year, the couples who placed constantly in the top twelve or thirteen. This depicts the importance of dancing in each GrandSlam in order to become eligible to compete in the GrandSlam Finals. Only the top twelve of the WDSF GrandSlam Ranking List will be invited to participate in the Finals, along with what is known as a Wild Card pick – a total of 13 couple participants in the Finals. Yan Bangbang and Du Yujun of China are this year’s Wild Card, ranked 29th in the WDSF GrandSlam Ranking List. Yan Bangbang participated in last year’s GrandSlam Finals with previous partner Jing Zhu, also as the Wild Cards.

Nothing is Certain

What is so intriguing about this event lies in its unpredictability. The GrandSlam Finals of last year were also held in Shanghai in December. The World Champions of the year, Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus of Moldova, currently dancing in the Professional Division, did not attend. It was then suspected that Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia, ranked second in the WDSF arena, would take the Gold. It only seemed a logical deduction. However, it came as a shock to many and a surprise to all that Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska of Germany secured the Gold, knocking the year down with a true hit! As a result, many are truly anticipating the showdown to come our way this Saturday. Even though Armen and Svetlana took the World Champion titles this year, we can never know for sure that placements are secured in stone.

As a side note, this year, we will not be seeing Paul Moldovan and Cristina Tatar of Romania. Last year, the couple finished 11th in the Finals, but did not secure a position to participate for this year. Instead, Jakub Lipowski and Illes Diandra-Aniela of Poland have the chance to take on a fight of a lifetime. 

We invite you all to come and join us as FloDance live-streams the 2018 WDSF GrandSlam Finals. Saturday, the Latin competitors will take on the floor, followed by Standard on Sunday. Stay tuned and make your predictions of who will be crowned the Final GrandSlam Champions!

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. 

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.

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.