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!

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.