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.

And Round 1 Begins

A total of 16 star couples participated in the event, which meant their exclusion from the first round. Round 1 therefore commenced with 132 pairs taking the floor in 11 heats. Sixty couples made it through directly into Round 2, while the remaining 72 couples received their second chance to make it through into the next round by dancing the redance. From the redance round, 20 additional couples joined the already accepted 60, equaling a total of 80 duos. To this 80, we add the 16 star couples and receive a total of 96 couples dancing Round 2.

From 96 couples, half were cut ahead of Round 3—only 48 couples were selected to continue their GrandSlam journey in Rimini. The heat was definitely on, not just in terms of competition, but also because the weather was quite warm inside the arena and outdoors. The summer always packs a punch for the athletes during any competitive event, which means lots of hydration and acute awareness on the part of the organizers to make sure a medical team is on standby at all times in case of any emergencies in such heat during the adrenaline and push of competition.

And then 25 couples advanced to the quarterfinal. Roberto Carano and Francesca Francini of Italy made the second GrandSlam quarterfinal of their careers! They have only danced four GrandSlams together since starting their competitive journey as a team in 2016. Actually, the 2018 Rimini GrandSlam was their first GrandSlam together in which they made the quarterfinal, eventually taking 24th. Now they are back and secured the 22nd position. 

Down to the Semifinal

Then it was down to the top 12, or shall we say the top 13! Once again the usual count of the next round was increased by one couple. It was a successful evening for Qiu Yuming and Wei Liying of China who made the semi once again. While in Taipei last month, their results jumped down to 19th position in the quarterfinal, but they bounced back without a doubt finishing in 10th here in Rimini. 

Also, the intense battle that usually goes down between Vadim Shurin and Anastasia Meshkova of Latvia and Tomas Fainsil and Violetta Posmetnaya of Germany was concluded with Germany leading in eighth place by only 0.92 of a point, having Latvia finish in ninth. Their roles switched since just one month ago when they competed in the Taipei GrandSlam.

The Final Stays the Same

And as predicted the final six placements were the exact same as in the previous two GrandSlams of this year.





Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite



Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini



Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna



Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova



Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva



Evgeny Nikitin - Anastasia Miliutina


The closest scoring of the final was between Alexey Glukhov and Anastasia Glazunova of Russia and Vaidotas Lacitis and Veronika Golodneva of Lithuania, with Russia taking fourth with just a 0.666 lead.

All of the couples loved the atmosphere exuded by the beautiful Black Arena, as it was known at the Rimini Expo Centre. With the décor, lighting, and overall atmosphere, not to mention the grandiose size of this event in general, Rimini has stepped up its game this year to produce a competition that beat all doubts and parameters of capability and possibility. 

We now await the results of the Latin segment. Stay tuned everyone!

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

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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.