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? 

Titles are great for what they are. They boost your ego, earn you some bragging rights, and give you a tangible prize to take home after all of your hard work. All of that is fleeting though. There is only a certain amount of time you can talk about how grateful and happy you are for your championship title before people start thinking, “geez, move on already.” And no judgment here! If I bring home a title from Embassy, heck yeah, I’m going to celebrate, online and offline! Celebration is good. We need to celebrate our wins. 

Let’s be honest though. The trophy will start collecting dust, and people will forget. That’s ok! That championship title will become just one more step on a bigger journey. Or at least that’s how I hope you see it.

If your dance goals are centered around winning a specific title, I have to be honest, you’re really limiting yourself. What happens after you win it? Are you going to stop dancing? What happens if you never win it?

Competitions are great short-term goals. They give you a specific deadline and performance date to work toward and can act as milestone markers to check your progress. But they can’t be the end-all, be-all. There is so much more to learn and accomplish in dance beyond prizes and titles. Those are extra. Great, you won a championship title. How did you feel while you were dancing? Did you feel that click in a section that had always given you trouble? Were you finally able to let go of your worries and inhibitions and just dance? It’s the experience that you’ll carry with you. I received my worst placements to date at Embassy Ball 2017, and yes, it struck a big blow to my ego. But I look back at that competition with fondness because I did some of my best dancing there. I remember how good I felt on the floor, and I can’t wait to go back and experience that feeling again. With or without the title.  

Am I alone in this stance?  What do you think?

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.

Italy's Top Couple Looking For An Upset In Taipei City

And of course, we cannot forget about Standard! After the Latin competitors take on the floor in Taipei tomorrow, the Standard couples will have their chance this Sunday, June 2, to participate in the second leg of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam series.

Taipei Hosts Exciting Showdown Between Top Latin Pairs

And now we are off once again, but this time to yet another new stop on this grand journey of DanceSport athletes worldwide: Taipei. Here, we will be awaiting the coming of the second WDSF GrandSlam leg of the annual year in both the Latin and Standard divisions.