Bjorn Bitsch & Ashli Williamson Win Gold At Pieve di Cento Super Grand Prix

And it’s a wrap! The Star Championships of Pieve di Cento have come to an end. It was a weekend packed full of emotions and a competitive atmosphere like no other, many referring to it as one of the competitions they look forward to each year.

Denmark Takes Gold

The WDSF PD Standard Super Grand Prix concluded our live streaming of the event yesterday, and we were struck by many surprises along the way.

Professional Standard and 10-Dance World Champions Bjorn Bitsch and Ashli Williamson of Denmark made their appearance, an appearance that we were not expecting when we took a previous look at the starting lists last week before the event. Just last year, they were competing at this various same competition, but in the amateur division, taking part in the WDSF World Open where they finished third in the final. Just a year later and the Danish couple now takes the gold, but this time as professionals.

The Best of Pieve di Cento – Professional Standard

Let’s take a look at the scores of the top six finalists of the Standard program.











Bjorn Bitsch - Ashli Williamson









Nikolay Darin - Natalia Seredina









Cheng Dan - LI Zhenni









Andrey Motyl - Ekaterina Kim









Alessandro D'Amora - Maria Gorelik









Victor Presnetsov - Vera Nam








When we first took a look at the starting list for this event, we were expecting Nikolay Darin and Natalia Seredina to take the top spot on the podium as Bitsch and Williamson were not registered to compete. However, with the appearance of the World Champions, Darin and Seredina of Moldova claimed the silver, their total score in the final 3.55 points below first place. What is quite interesting is that last year, just as with Bitsch and Williamson, Darin and Seredina also took part in the World Open Standard here in Italy as amateurs. The dancers from Denmark, as we know placed third, but the couple from Moldova placed higher in second!

This is actually only the second Super Grand Prix for Darin and Seredina, their one being in Toyko just two weeks ago, an event where they placed first. Nonetheless, Denmark still holds first place in the World as indicated by December’s Professional World Championship, and Moldova the bronze. We anticipate watching them compete in the future. We will make sure to keep a keen eye out for how they place in relation to one another.

China Take the Bronze – A True Couple of Growth

Now, take a closer look at our bronze medalists here in Pieve di Cento. This couple from China has been in the WDSF Professional Division since 2014, taking part in 12 WDSF Super Grand Prixs throughout the extent of their careers as Standard competitors. Their very first Super Grand Prix was in August 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany, and they finished in 37th position out of 58. Now, they are at the top of the WDSF Professional Division! Such is the journey of DanceSport competitors, the true journey of dedication, never-ending dedication and a passion, a true love for dance and competition. It is a constant struggle to becoming better than you were yesterday, as with any sport. 

In Toyko, just two weeks ago, Andrey Motyl and Ekaterina Kim of Russia finished ahead of Dan and Zhenni, the Russian dancers taking the silver and the Chinese couple the bronze. Here, just a short time later, Dan and Zhenni took the lead. A very commendable feat for the couple—a true inspiration and role model couple for DanceSport generations to come!

It was quite the experience to watch the elite of DanceSport here in Italy and we look forward to the next event to take place in Cambrils, Spain, where we will be catching the WDSF World Open events in both the Standard and Latin divisions April 20-21!

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Top Russian Duo Earns Their 12th Latin GrandSlam Title

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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.

Kick Off Your Summer At The 2019 Orange Blossom Dance Festival

Memorial Day is over so that means it’s time to get ready for the 2019 Orange Blossom Dance Festival! This country and swing dance competition was voted a favorite among North American UCWDC (United Country Western Dance Council) events. 

Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno Win 4th European Title

Au revoir, Paris! It was a sensational day at the 2019 WDSF Latin European Championships Saturday as Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia secured their fourth European title. 

Top Latin Dancers Gather In Paris For European Champs

Just two weeks ago, we had the luxury of being able to experience the heat of the Standard leg of competition at the WDSF European Championship held in Salaspils, Latvia.­ Now, we would like to “bienvenue,” welcome you, to Paris! The time has come this Saturday, May 25, for the Latin dancers to take to their stage and show their best dancing for yet another major event of the year.

Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Win European Championship

The emotions that overwhelm a long-awaited victory flood in like a hurricane, taking over all sense in a single instant. This was clear once the last score for Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite was projected onto the screen. The couple just stood there, hugging one another for quite some time. A moment such as this touches the hearts of all spectators, no matter whether they experience such an instance live or through the screen.