What to Expect at the 27th Annual Country Dance World Championships

What better way to ring in the New Year than with dancing? If it’s country dancing that makes your heart sing and your feet move, then the Country Dance World Championships is the New Year’s party for you! 

Held this year in the beautiful and historic Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, the Worlds is the final event on the United Country Western Dance Council’s calendar. This event includes a full week of competition in ProAm, Couples, Teams, and Line Dance divisions. Each age and level will award a lucky dancer, partnership or team a World title! 

Dancers travel from all over the world for a shot at the championship podium spot. For some, it will be their first time. Others will be returning to defend their titles. 

The returning world champs include Chris and Emily Bailey, the current Showcase Masters Champions. FloDance had the pleasure of interviewing them last year, when they expressed the joy they’ve found being able to dance together as husband and wife. 

Sloane Hansen and Bernadette Carmichael will also be returning to defend their Classic Masters title by dancing a whole slew of dances, including Triple Two, Polka, NightClub, Cha Cha, Waltz, Two Step, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and ShowDance. Among their competitors include Eric Nava and Brittney Valdez, who won the right to move up to Masters after winning the Classic Open Division I last year.

Other returning world champions to keep an eye out for:

Craig Johnson and Joan Lundahl, Showcase Crown Champions

Bobby Pritchard and Carla Romine, Couples Crown Champions

Blake Christopherson and Sandra Adams, Couples Crown Plus Champions

The Worlds isn’t just about the couples though. Major talent can also be found in the Line Dance events and Team formations. The creativity of the performances in these divisions is only limited by the dancers’ imaginations!

Even if you’re not a competitor, the Worlds has something for you. Social dancing, including a fabulous New Year’s Eve party, and workshops are offered all week in a variety of dance styles. 

Can’t make it to Nashville this year?  Not to worry! FloDance will be live-streaming the entire event, so you can be part of the excitement from the comfort of your own home.

Watch the 2019 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships LIVE on FloDance.

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.