Italy's Top Couple Looking For An Upset In Taipei City

And of course, we cannot forget about Standard! After the Latin competitors take on the floor in Taipei tomorrow, the Standard couples will have their chance this Sunday, June 2, to participate in the second leg of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam series.

A Great Success for Taipei

Right now, we are looking at a total of 66 couples on the starting list for this Sunday, which again, just as with its Latin counterpart, constitutes more than 10 additional duos contributing to the expansion of this GrandSlam leg in Taipei. Last year, we only had 50 competitors here for Standard. Overall, this year is showing a massive movement of competitors in their dedication on the road to success—hunger for the win is at an all-time high.

New Champions for 2019

The winners of the 2018 Taipei GrandSlam were of course no other than reigning world champions Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova of Russia, but as we all know of their transition into the Professional Division, we now anticipate Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania, the current leaders of the WDSF Standard division to take the gold home this weekend. 

Sodeika and Zukauskaite have been on quite a roll lately, most recently obtaining their first European Champion Title, a title long awaited and much deserved. They also won the first GrandSlam leg of this annual season, held in March in Bucharest. The performances of these two speak for themselves, especially the humbleness exuded from each and every action. It is a pure joy to watch as fellow dancers finally reach that step in their careers that they have been aiming for for all of their lives. The time has come for the spotlight to shine on Sodeika and Zukauskaite, and we look forward to a stellar night for them.

In the Standard Game

However, every other couple competing this Sunday is in the same exact shoes that Sodeika and Zukauskaite were once in not too long ago—in the fight to get to the top. The journey continues for each couple, such as for Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini of Italy, who are actually in the position that their fellow Lithuanian friends were in years prior—the second best. They are the vice champions of Europe and the vice champions of the first GrandSlam of this year that was held in Bucharest. Now, their drive is to aim for the highest step on the pedestal, which with time and enduring dedication will surely soon become a reality.

Just as talked about with the Latin dancers, the Standard division is condensed with such impeccable dancers in its top 50, that each event is difficult to predict 100 percent of the time in terms of placement. Couples that establish the semi and quarterfinal rounds of various WDSF events—World Opens, European Championships, GrandSlams, or International Opens—are extremely apt to differ from week to week, competition to competition. Madis Abel and Aleksandra Galkina of Estonia for example, at one GrandSlam may be in the final, but at another may be just one spot from it, in seventh. This exactly directs the energy and drive that pushes these hungry athletes to work just that much harder, extend their lines just a bit longer, define their techniques further, and perform like they have never lost. Last year, this Estonian pair was sixth here in Taipei, so we shall see how well they came prepared this year.

Aside from the above mentioned couples, we shall also expect to see:

  • Evgeny Moshenin and Dana Spitsyna (Russia)

  • Alexey Glukhov and Anastasia Glazunova (Russia)

  • Evgeny Nikitin and Anastasia Miliutina (Russia)

  • Anton Skuratov and Alena Uehlin (Germany)

  • Vadim Shurin and Anastasia Meshkova (Latvia)

Stay tuned with us here in Taipei to witness yet another GrandSlam showdown, streaming live only on FloDance. Just maybe we shall see some unexpected faces make that final!

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. 

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.