Off To Spain We Go For The WDSF World Open Latin & Standard

We find ourselves in Cambrils, Spain, awaiting the upcoming WDSF World Open Latin and Standard events here at Iberica DanceSport. The beautiful world of dance has competitors traveling to all ends of the earth to experience a thrill like no other: the adrenaline that kicks in from the rush of true DanceSport competition.

Off to Spain We Go

This Saturday, April 20, 2019, will introduce the Latin competitors onto the dance floor of a sports school venue by the name of Cambrils Esport. We await a total of 76 couples from 23 countries to take part at this present time, a very adequate number for a WDSF World Open event. About one-quarter of the 76 couples—20 to be exact—represent the hosting country of Spain. 

The second largest number of competitors come from the countries of Italy and the Russian Federation, each with a total of eight couples. Italy takes the next slot with six couples. Last year’s Cambrils WO Latin hosted a total of 70 couples, so we look forward to seeing how strongly this event will prosper now in 2019.

From One World Open to the Next

Just last month, there were the Standard and Latin WDSF World Opens that took place in Pieve di Cento, Italy, events that FloDance had the pleasure of streaming live. These were truly two of the largest World Open events in both the Standard and Latin legs that the World DanceSport Federation hosts each year. 

After Italy, three more Latin World Opens were hosted: one in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia; one in Moscow, Russia; and one in Paphos, Cyprus. What is great about this type of event is that competitors range in terms of attendance. Some stars will attend one WO, while others another. Usually, competitors to do not attend every single WDSF World Open event because there are just so many hosted throughout the year. However, this Latin World Open being held in Cambrils is bigger than the past three held after Pieve di Cento.

For example, Giacomo Lazzarini, having known to compete with Roberta Benedetti, representing the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is now competing with Michelle Nazarenus after Roberta retired. He was the victor in this new partnership in both the WOs in Cyprus and Macedonia. However, here in Spain, he will not be present. 

World Champions Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno (Russia) will also not be in attendance, nor Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska (Germany), or Andrey Gusev and Vera Bondareva (Russia). However, Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia will be in the house, as well as Ionut Alexandru Miculescu and Andra Pacurar and Paul Moldovan and Cristina Tatar of Romania, between which lies an ongoing battle for the top WDSF Romanian couple.

Germany to Take the Lead

We anticipate the victors of this event to be Timur Imametdinov and Nina Bezzubova, representing the country of Germany. They most likely will be taking their second Cambrils Latin WO title as they won the gold last year as well when the event was held on March 31, 2018. Spanish couple Guillem Pascual and Rosa Carne, who will be back again in fighting on home territory, took the silver last year.

See You In Spain!

We look forward to seeing who will place in the final, as well as who will take the final pedestal placements. Aside from first place most likely secured by Timur and Nina, the silver and bronze, as well as all placements beyond, will be subject to change. All rests in the dancing of the couples and the final marks of the judges. 

WDSF World Open events are some of the most exciting to watch, especially when it comes down to the final. We look forward to watching the solo dances of the best couples here in Spain. Stay tuned everyone!

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.