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.

Many will travel from near and far to take part, as it is the first event of 2019 where couples will begin collecting points for their WDSF GrandSlam Ranking. After the end of the fifth GrandSlam leg this year, it will be determined who will continue on to the GrandSlam Final, which will be hosted in Shanghai in December. Therefore, for those couples who are in it to win it, it is an essential component of their dancing season to compete in each GrandSlam scheduled throughout the year.

The Standard Kick-Off

This Saturday, March 16, 2019, will introduce the Standard competitors onto the floor at the Polyvalent Hall in Bucharest. A total of 90 couples will be in the running to place their best and to earn as many points as possible for their WDSF GrandSlam Ranking at this event. With four-time World Champions, Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova of Russia announcing their retirement from amateur competition last December at the final GrandSlam in Shanghai, the world now awaits to crown new champions—the new leaders of DanceSport in the Standard division of the World DanceSport Federation.

In the WDSF Ranking list, second after Dmitry and Olga is the renowned couple of Lithuania, Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite. We will see them tear up the floor and fight for their first GrandSlam Ranking position here in Bucharest. Right behind them is a couple from Russia, Alexey Glukhov and Anastasia Glazunova, who are ranked third in the world. 

Quite interestingly, the top 15 highest ranked WDSF Standard couples are all here in attendance at this first GrandSlam. This just puts to fact the importance of attending each of the GrandSlams hosted this year—everyone wants it. For DanceSport athletes, competing is not just a hobby, it is a sport by which your life is intently defined. One wrong step or one wrong decision can greatly affect one’s competitive career. For this reason, many dancers will do everything in their power, especially taking the time and finances to travel around the world, to make sure they fight for their lives in competition.

It is always fantastic to witness couples dancing for the competition’s host country. This time, 29 out of the 90 couples registered represent Romania. Such couples receive enormous amounts of support from the audience as they come to represent home territory. In addition, 31 of the 90 couples are WDSF Star couples, an extremely strong number which strengthens not only the name of this competition, but also the level of the competition to occur between the athletes themselves.

A Grand Rise

From hosting both Standard and Latin World Opens last year, this year, the hosting competition known as Dance Masters, has taken a rise into hosting both a Standard and Latin GrandSlam. The Romanian DanceSport Federation has truly made its mark in DanceSport history and we look forward to watching such fantastic dancers shine bright on the dance floor this weekend. Hang tight as new Standard GrandSlam leaders take their role!

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

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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.

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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.