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!

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