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.

An Annual Turning Point Experience for European Dancers

For couples representing European countries, there are various annual events that serve as highlights of the calendar year. Such events include a country’s national championship, the World Championship, as well as the European Championship, such as the one upcoming this very weekend. 

The majority of DanceSport athletes reside and train in European countries, with the bulk of the strongest and most talented coaches in the world located right there with them, therefore, the knowledge and quality of education is truly priceless, and for many, unattainable from other parts of the world. 

Even with Asia increasing in its quantity and quality of dancers, Europe is still considered the center of DanceSport. As a result, European Championships are yet another way to pinpoint the best-of-the-best dancers that exist in any point in time. It is truly a grand title to acquire.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For...

As you already may know, representatives selected to compete in the WDSF European Championships are limited to two couples per WDSF member body country. Each country varies in how it selects its representatives. For some nations, the top two couples as qualified and ranked by the country’s own national championship are selected, while other times it may be the first and third strongest couples. Currently, we see 65 couples on the starting list for this Saturday, all eager to fight for the title of European Champions.

Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno (Russia)

Last year’s Latin European Championship was sanctioned in Debrecen, Hungary, on May 12. A total of 63 couples made appearances, with Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno taking the third European Latin title of their careers. 

They earned their first European title in 2015, beating out competitors Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus of Moldova, who only three weeks prior, ranked higher at the WDSF GrandSlam held in Helsinki, Finland. There, Tsaturyan and Gudyno came in third, with Goffredo and Matus taking the silver and Aniello Langella and Vera Bondareva of Italy winning the gold. 

However, a year later, the results of the 2016 European Championship jolted the Russian couple, who dropped down to third place. Nevertheless, 2017 brought back their revival as champions, a position they secured once again last year. Now, they are back to fight for the European title once again.

Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska (Germany)

Fighting for the title will also be Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska of Germany, who have twice finished runner-up at this event (2016, 2018) and are hungry to take the gold. 

This weekend holds another key to the chain of events that will mark the competitive season of all WDSF athletes, especially before such monumental annual events like the World Championship which for the Latin dancers, will be in just a few months in September. Every event is now a preparation for the major shot: every event is like a World Championship itself, especially for such couples as Balan and Moshenska who will vie for a world title this year.

The Main Fight

For Spanish couple Guillem Pascual and Rosa Carne this event provides yet another major stepping stone for their competitive year, as last year marked their first entrance into the final of a Latin European Championship. Their highest placement in this event previously was a spot in the semis, but 2018 saw them dancing in the top six. 

Will they be able to repeat such a feat and make it into the final once again, or will another couple take their spot? It may very well be that we will see Poland’s Edgar Marcos Borjas and Alina Nowak sneak their way into the final round. It was only a 0.002 difference from Borjas and Nowak making the final of last year’s European Championship.

Let’s take a quick peek recap at the results of the 2018 World Championship semifinal that took place last October to compare standings with the 2018 European Championship:


Rank

Couple

Country

7.

Edgar Marcos Borjas - Alina Nowak

POL

8.

Umberto Gaudino - Louise Heise

DEN

9.

Guillem Pascual - Rosa Carne

ESP

10.

Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova

EST

11.

Jakub Lipowski - Diandra-Aniela Illes

POL

12.

Moldovan Paul - Tatar Cristina

ROU


Just five months separated the 2018 European Latin Championship and the 2018 World Latin Championship, and we see that Borjas and Nowak were right behind the final at worlds in seventh place, while the Spanish couple was actually behind them in ninth. The standings were reversed. 

In addition, we will not be seeing Gaudino and Heise of Denmark here in Paris, so that also brings Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia, Jakub Lipowski and Diandra-Aniela Illes of Poland, and Paul Moldovan and Cristina Tatar of Romania into the fight of making the top six. 

All of these couples are always very tightly packed in terms of scoring, just as last year’s European Championship proved. It’s for this reason that we can’t wait to see how the final results shall play out.

We will hope to greet you all this weekend at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin of Paris as FloDance will be streaming live the 2019 WDSF Latin European Championship! Another exciting experience comes our way. Stay tuned!

2020 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships Recap

Wow, dancers! What a way to end the week! The 2020 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships started with some wonderful dancing by the ProAm divisions and this year, the competition included over 6,500 entries! It just kept getting better and better as we moved into the Couples and Line Dance events, finally culminating in mind-blowing performances by the Classic Masters group on Saturday evening. 

The Best Time of the Year: 2020 UCWDC World Championships Preview

It’s time again for the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships, friends! Held at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, next week promises nonstop dancing in the form of workshops, daily competitive events, and nightly social dancing. Dancers, amateur and professional alike, from around the world have been preparing for this event all year. Some will be competing at Worlds for the first time, while others are returning to defend their titles or try for a second title at a new level.

Two-Steppin' Down Santa Claus Lane

The final competition of 2019 is officially complete, which means Worlds is just around the corner! Couples who qualified to dance in Nashville at the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships are surely making their final tweaks and adjustments and preparing to compete on the biggest stage in country western dance.

Dancing in Dixieland

Happy Holidays, everyone! This weekend will mark less than two weeks until we find out if we made it onto Santa's Nice List. Can you believe it? Here at FloDance, we’re taking a break from shopping and gift wrapping to attend Christmas in Dixie, the final UCWDC competition before Worlds! That means it’s sure to be an exciting weekend.

A Dress Rehearsal for Worlds: Recap of 2019 Dallas Dance Festival

One sign of a well-run event is one where a lot can go wrong behind the scenes without anyone attending the event ever noticing. During the awards ceremony at Dallas Dance Festival, one of the organizers, Dave Getty, shared how the dance floor went on a little adventure before finally arriving at the hotel much later than scheduled and how they finished setting up the ballroom with only 30 minutes to spare before the doors opened on the first day! Aside from a few sleep-deprived staff members that morning, you never would have known without him telling the story.

A Dress Rehearsal for Worlds: What to Expect in Dallas

Happy November dance fans! The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, but the dancing just keeps ongoing. Things are heating up in the dance world as we get closer to the Country Dance World Championships, held in Nashville, Tennessee on December 29, 2019, through January 5, 2020. There are only a few events left where dancers can qualify to compete at Worlds, one of which is the Dallas Dance Festival happening this weekend.

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

It’s fiesta time in Albuquerque! The 30th anniversary of the New Mexico Dance Fiesta is happening this weekend. This UCWDC-sanctioned event was started by dance couple Mike Haley and Patti Miller, and ballroom coordinator Steve Stevens in 1989. Though the competition has changed hands a few times over the years, it continues to be a can’t miss event full of dancing and great times with dance friends and family.

2019 UCWDC Nashville Dance Classic Recap

Howdy partners! It was an exciting Labor Day weekend in Nashville. From packed ProAm heats to a close Crown Masters competition, the 2019 UCWDC Nashville Dance Classic kept us hootin’ and hollerin’ for more.

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.