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.




Our runners-up were none other than the beloved Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska of Germany. Moshenska posted on Instagram detailing that this was quite a difficult competition for the couple emotionally. Just last weekend, they gave all that they had to their performances at the 2019 WDSF European Championship that was held in Paris. She wrote, “part of our souls were left there.” 


Very surprisingly, they did not score in the 39th percentile range for any one dance. For each dance, their scored ranged in the 38th percentile. Nonetheless, they wrote how very grateful they are to the event and its organizers as well as to their sponsors and fans. Now they shall be off for a long-awaited and much-deserved vacation before their next competition, which shall be Wuppertal in the beginning of July. We wish them happy relaxation and lots of energy for their next performance!

Taking the last pedestal placement, we have Andrey Gusev and Vera Bondareva of Russia finishing in third, scoring in the 37th percentile range for each dance. Due to Timur Imametdinov and Nina Bezzubova of Germany not participating here in Taipei, their absence allowed for all couples to move a step up in ranking, including Gusev and Bondareva who usually place fourth in GrandSlam events. Next up were Andrea Silvestri and Martina Varadi of Hungary, placing fourth and Edgar Marcos Borjas and Alina Nowak of Poland placing fifth.

A Major Win for Estonia

Probably the most exciting event of the evening was the result concluded by Estonian pair Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova, who made their very first GrandSlam final, placing sixth. Usually, for GrandSlam rankings, they end up around ninth position, as in Bucharest in March this year. In this very same GrandSlam last year, they were tenth. 

For comparison, they marked higher than Poland’s Jakub Lipowski and Diandra-Aniela Illes, who in Bucharest were seventh in the semifinal, while Gorodilov and Bergmannova were ninth. 

Here in Taipei, Lipowski and Illes finished eighth in the semi, but the Estonian couple transitioned one more round ahead. A major congratulations to Gorodilov and Bergmannova—every dancer remembers the first time they make a GrandSlam final—it truly becomes a mark on history, a moment to cherish forever.




Also to mark, Borjas and Nowak were in eighth position in Bucharest and now made the final, ending in fifth. Their sixth-place at the European Championship just last weekend also marked a fantastic breakthrough for the couple, showing their progress and stability in technical and performance strength.

A Victory for Italy & Romania As Well

We also saw a breakthrough for Italian duo Vito Coppola and Oona Oinas, who ended up finishing ninth. In Bucharest, the couple did not even make the semi. Here in Taipei now marks their highest placement at a WDSF GrandSlam ever! They surpassed competitors Anton Aldaev and Natalia Polukhina of Russia and Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova of Canada, two couples who usually place higher than them. 

Last but not least, it is important to mark that Romania’s Paul Moldovan and Cristina Tatar also placed their highest ever in a GrandSlam: they finished in seventh right behind the final! Their usual placements in GrandSlams are around the 11th to 14th positions, so finishing at the top of the semi-final round is a true achievement.

The next WDSF GrandSlam will be in Rimini, Italy, in mid-July so all of the couples are off in their preparation for this next huge summer event—sure to be hot in all ways! 

Soon, we shall take a look at the results of the Standard counterpart GrandSlam taking root today in Taipei. Will there be as many surprises in the ranking as in our Latin competition? We shall soon see! Stay tuned!

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.