Midway Updates of the UCWDC World Champs

Let’s dance, y’all! The 2019 Country Dance World Championships are well underway at the Grand Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Don’t forget, if you’re not able to be there physically, you can be a virtual spectator via live stream on FloDance.

That’s how I’ve been enjoying the country vibes from my couch in Southern California. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the events so far:

New Year’s Eve day of competition consisted of ProAm Classic Male and Female Newcomer and Syllabus events. Students and their teachers danced triple two, polka, nightclub, cha-cha, waltz, two-step, east coast swing, and west coast swing. The eight dances weren’t done all at once though. The heats were set up so everyone danced their triple two before moving onto polka, etc. The dance floor was always filled with dancers, as these events receive some of the highest number of entries.

After greeting 2019 with dinner and dancing, the competition continued New Year’s Day with ProAm Classic Male and Female Novice and Juniors events. The ProAm events carried through Wednesday with the Intermediate and Advanced levels.

There’s always something special about ProAm events. Whether a Newcomer or Advanced, the student dancers put everything they have on the dance floor, not because it’s their job - because it’s their passion. They dance for the sheer joy of it, and you can see it in their faces. Their teacher partners match their dedication too. Some teachers danced with their multiple students in almost every single heat in a session!

The couples will be taking a break on Thursday to let the line dancers and team formations have a go heating up the dance floor. Then as we get closer to the weekend, we’ll find out if the returning champions can hold onto their titles in the Couples Classic and Showcase events. Stay tuned!

On a Break from Dance Competitions? How to Stay Motivated

Goals are essential for any journey. They keep you motivated and accountable at the same time.  DanceSport is no different, and competitions are great goals to work toward.  

What's In a Championship Title?

Championship competitions are when dancers have the chance to claim a World or National Championship title. But is it really that big of a deal? These competitions will happen again in 2019 and 2020 and someone else could be awarded the World Champion title. Does that mean the previous winner is dethroned? Or once a champion, always a champion? There is a title for each of the multiple skill and age categories. Is one more of a world champion than another? 

Recap | UCWDC World Championships

What a week! The UCWDC World Championships wrapped up about half past midnight local time on Saturday night (or Sunday morning, technically). In addition to crowning a new Classic Masters World Champion, Saturday night brought repeat performances by many of the new World Champions from the entire week, a showdance by Marc Davidson and Sylvie Raymond (winners of five consecutive UCWDC Showcase Masters World Championships and two consecutive UCWDC Classic Masters World Championships) and a live performance by country music artist, Eric Heatherly.

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! 

Recap | 2018 WDSF World Open Standard Riga

Last but not least, we conclude the final WDSF World Open of the year. This weekend was full of excitement not only due to the Youth Latin World Championship but also with the inclusion of the Standard World Open and the World Championship of the Professional Standard Show Dance division. 

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:

Preview | 2018 WDSF World Open Standard Riga

This upcoming weekend will be sure to pack a punch! As the year winds down and all preparation begins for celebrating the holidays, the dancers of the World DanceSport Federation continue their competitive endeavors to conclude their final tournaments of the year.