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.

A total of 10 couples competed in the Classic Masters event. Last year’s winners, Sloane Hansen and Bernadette Carmichael, did not reclaim their Classic Masters World Champion title. They came in second place with Mike Wagner and Satu Ketellapper taking the title for 2019. They’ll need to keep an eye out for Newell Defreest and Rachel Mercedes next year, as they earned the right to move up to Masters after winning the World Champion title in Classic Open Division I.

Thursday and Friday were just as exciting. The teams competing on Thursday evening ranged from three people to more than 10. There were six different categories, a mix of partner dance and line dance events, that the teams could enter. Giving Dance Dancesport, a co-ed team, appeared on the floor most frequently, entering five out of six events, including the Cabaret heat with an ABBA-themed routine! 

On Friday, Chris and Emily Bailey held onto their Showcase Masters title for the third year in a row. Even though they told FloDance last year that they just dance for the joy of it, their commitment to their craft and their partnership was clear on the dance floor. Their dancing confidently, but without arrogance, stated, “We are the champions.”

The highlight of the week for me was the Line Dance Male and Female Superstars events on Friday. The two men and four women just blew me away with their skill and creativity. Marlon Ronkes and Emily Bouchonville are the 2019 World Champions in this division.

Congratulations to all of the competitors at the UCWDC Worlds this year! It was this dancer’s first time getting to watch the event, and you all put on an amazing show. Good luck with your competitions through the rest of the year and hope to see y’all at Worlds 28!

2019 UCWDC Chicagoland Dance Festival Recap

Alas, another weekend full of dancing has come and gone. Isn’t it always so hard to go back to work on Monday? In case you were off doing your own dancing, here’s what you missed at the Chicagoland Dance Festival.

Chicagoland Country & Swing Dance Festival Preview

This weekend, hold onto your hat and point your dancing shoes towards Chicago for the 32nd annual Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival. This event has it all - qualifying events for the United Country Western Dance Council’s World Championships, points events for the World Swing Dance Council Jack & Jill swing dance registry, and it’s a part of the original Hustle Dance Tour. 

Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno Victorious In Rimini

And things keep changing! The third GrandSlam of the WDSF calendar year has officially concluded here in Rimini, Italy, and we found ourselves face to face with some intriguing occurrences!

Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Continue Success In Rimini

We are in Rimini, Italy, and the second day of the GrandSlam series is soon to commence, but we cannot forget about the excitement that filled the halls of the Rimini Expo Centre just last night! From a total of 148 couples, one champion couple was crowned—Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania achieved their third WDSF GrandSlam title of their careers, making them the undefeated champions of the 2019 series.

WDSF Rimini GrandSlam Prepares Latin Dancers For Worlds

The Standard competition will kick off this weekend’s upcoming event in Rimini, Italy, and the Latin session will highlight its end. 

Italian Dancers In The Spotlight At Rimini Standard GrandSlam

And we are back! Off to Italy we travel as we come to stream live the third GrandSlam leg of the year. To be exact, we will be on the eastern coast of the country in the town of Rimini. This is the second year that a GrandSlam will be hosted in this seaside community in a country known for its art, fashion, vespas, pizza, and pasta, as well as impeccable performance in the world of competitive dance.

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Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Continue To Dominate

After a few days to reflect upon the competition in Paris, it’s time to recap the second leg of the WDSF 2019 GrandSlam series in the Standard division.

Orange Blossom Dance Festival Starts The Summer Off With A Bang

Summer is officially here, dancers! Another great UCWDC event is in the books and we are already looking forward to the next. Competitors came ready to show off their skills and it resulted in a great weekend of dance.

Top Russian Duo Earns Their 12th Latin GrandSlam Title

Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia have done it once again! Here in Taipei, they have earned their 12th WDSF GrandSlam title, and they did it with an air of impeccable ease. The night was theirs and they owned it.