Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Go For Gold At WDSF European Champs

We are awaiting a fantastic weekend here in Latvia as FloDance gets ready to stream the 9th Annual Salaspils Open International DanceSport Competition. This Saturday, May 11, FloDance will be there highlighting two major annual events of the World DanceSport Federation! 

The Salaspils Sports Hall is set to welcome more than 1,000 spectators, as well as dancers and adjudicators from more than 30 countries! With the event taking place only 25 kilometers from the city center of Riga, what a great time to spend not only enjoying the beauty of sport and art at the time of competition, but also a bit of historical exploration afterwards.

The Best of Europe

The first big event on Saturday will be the 2019 WDSF Standard European Championship, with 60 couples from 33 countries currently registered. To obtain a chance to participate in a WDSF European Championship depends on a couple’s placement at each participating country’s national championship. We also must remember that only dancers representing European countries may take part in the European Championships of the World DanceSport Federation. Furthermore, only two couples from each country can compete.

Now, for each country, representing couples are selected differently. For example, for some countries, the top two couples ranked in a national championship are selected to represent. In other countries, the champions and the bronze medalists are sent to compete. Therefore, placements in national championships structure many of the essential events that dancers will take part in throughout their seasonal year of competition until their next national championship, including such events as European Championships.

Crowning New European Champions

Russians Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova have won the Standard European Championship the past three years. As this couple has now transitioned into the Professional Division of the WDSF, there is an opening for a grand title in the DanceSport world to be taken by another worthy pair. 

It seems that Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania have recently the position of leading couple of the WDSF Standard division and very well may mark their place in history by claiming their first European Championship title. Since 2016, three years in a row, they have been bringing home the silver from this event. This Saturday may very well prove a long-traveled adventure rewarded!

The Opportunity Has Arrived - A Chance to Make the Final

Copenhagen, Denmark, hosted the European Championship last year in mid-February. The final six consisted of the following couples:

Rank

Couple

Country

1.

Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova

RUS

2.

Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite

LTU

3.

Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini

ITA

4.

Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva

LTU

5.

Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova

RUS

6.

Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin

GER

This year, we have two placements that have opened up in the final! We already know that the former champions, Zharkov and Kulikova, have turned professional. In addition, Alexey Glukhov and Anastasia Glazunova of Russia, who placed fifth last year, will not be in attendance. Consequently, this allows for two other couples to fight their way into this year’s final. Who shall it be?

Vasily Kirin and Ekaterina Prozorova placed just beyond the cutoff for the final, taking seventh place last year, but they are also not registered to compete this weekend. That gives Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina of Estonia, who placed eighth last year, a very strong chance to make the top six this weekend. Also, we may notice that Vadim Shurin and Anastasia Meshkova of Latvia, who placed ninth last year in the semi, are back again to fight. We also may surely see them in the top six.

Off to Latvia

The Salaspils Open has been given the fantastic opportunity of awarding the new Standard European Champions of the World DanceSport Federation. The warm and cozy atmosphere experienced by all those who have attended this competition here in Latvia in previous years is one of the reasons that so many come back to take part once again. This time, we all get to experience the crowning of new champions. The time has now come where we shall meet and feel the invigorating aura of Latvia.

30 Years in ABQ: 2019 New Mexico Dance Fiesta Recap

While most of the country was experiencing cooler fall weather, things were heating up in Albuquerque this past weekend! The 30th anniversary of the New Mexico Dance Fiesta included some amazing dancing and close competitions. 

It's Fiesta Time! - What to Expect at the 2019 New Mexico Dance Fiesta

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2019 UCWDC Nashville Dance Classic Recap

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2019 UCWDC Nashville Dance Classic Preview

It’s time for some dancing in the ”The Country Music Capital of the World” - Nashville! Home to the Grand Ole Opry House, the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, it’s obvious why this city would draw a crowd for our next UCWDC competition, the Nashville Dance Classic. 

2019 UCWDC Chicagoland Dance Festival Recap

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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

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