Recap | 2018 World Championship Youth Latin Riga

It has truly been a stellar year for the Russian Federation as athletes of various divisions took numerous WDSF World Titles. Here is a quick overview of a few of the Champion couples of 2018:

  • Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova: WDSF Adult Standard World Champions. 
  • Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno: WDSF Adult Latin World Champions
  • Fedor Poliansky and Dina Akhmetgareeva: WDSF Adult Latin World Show Dance Champions 
  • Dmitry Pleshkov and Anastasia Kulbeda: WDSF Adult Standard World Show Dance Champions
  • Alexandr Shmonin and Maria Shmonina: WDSF Professional Latin Show Dance World Champions

To add to the list above comes a couple that ended their year with the Gold: Egor Kulikov and Maria Goroshko became the Youth Latin World Champions here in Riga, Latvia! It was a true battle this weekend between the couples in terms of fighting tooth and nail for each round, but the heat was on the very first moment all of the competitors stepped onto the dance floor.

The Endless Support of the Spectators

From a total of 79 couples, 6 made the final. It was evident from the very first round the ability to differentiate the highest level of dancers because they just tore up the competition, in the true sense! Various representing countries had entire bands of cheering spectators fighting for their couples on the dance floor. Lithuania was the strongest and loudest of the cheering groups as they fought for Augustinas Trinkus and Neda Elena Salugaite until their placement in the quarter-final. They were 16th. From Italy, as soon as Gianmarco Sposato and Aurora Ranvestel were revealed into making the semi-finals, their cheering squad was heard throughout the entire hall! The couple ended up placing in 7th, just one spot from making the final! 

All in all, the atmosphere of hearing such support not only motivates but drives competitors to feel honored to have the chance to represent their country in the world arena. It’s an unexplainable sight filled with tears, laughter, worry, and anticipation, but it is a feeling like no other to witness and experience.

Moldova VS Russia

The fight this weekend rested between Russia and Moldova, the latter taken the Silver. Vladislav Untu and Polina Baryshnikova were one of the brightest couples on the dance floor this weekend, a couple trained by 3-time Adult Amateur Latin World Champions and current WDSF Professional Latin World Champions, Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus. Vladislav and Polina attained a World Title just recently, exactly one week before this Latin Championship here in Riga. On the 8th of December 2018, they became the Youth Ten Dance World Champions in Guadalajara, Spain! 

Looking at the scoresheets, Moldova was well above third place Bronze Medalists Tian Wang and Jieruo He of China, a couple that took 4th in the final in this very exact World Championship last year. While Vladislav and Polina were 5.461 points ahead of China, they only lost first place by 1.79 points. 

Russia Wins Again

The evening concluded with Egor and Maria taking the win. It was only three years ago that the couple took the Junior II World Title in this very same competition, the Baltic Grand Prix. With their return, they secured the Youth title under their belts.

The Best is Yet to Come

The year is winding down and for many athletes, this was their last competition of 2018. Many will take a few days off for the holidays, and yet begin preparations for the year to come their way. We congratulate all of the World Championship participants that competed here in Riga. You are our future and we hope to see you bloom even further and be a part of your journeys to the very top. 

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

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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

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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.