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!

With two finalist couples out of the running for the title due to their absence, Andrey Gusev and Vera Bondareva of Russia along with Andrea Silvestri and Martina Varadi of Hungary gave way to others to conclude this annual event on another step towards victory. 

It was the night of Jakub Lipowski and Diandra-Aniela Illes, a duo that made Poland proud for making their very first GrandSlam final ever! 

Just last month in Taipei, Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia also made their first GrandSlam final, finishing in sixth, and Paul Moldovan with Cristina Tatar of Romania took seventh, another couple who achieved their highest placement ever in a GrandSlam event. They reached the heights of the semifinal and were destined to make the top-six final sooner or later. Our Polish couple actually concluded in eighth position in Taipei. For this reason, it was in favor of either Estonia or Romania to conclude the final six here in Rimini. But no, Poland made its breakthrough, now with two of its couples in the final! 




However, it’s essential to remember that the top couples of this division are so tight in terms of technical and performing skills that they can easily swap places from competition to competition. Someone works just a bit harder than the rest, and a few weeks later, the results will show this. Nonetheless, outside forces also control such changes, including the adjudicators, the atmosphere, one’s own personal feelings that day, and so on.

GrandSlam Win No. 13 for Russia

Our champions here in Rimini, Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia, took their 13th GrandSlam title yesterday, with their main competitors from Germany trailing close behind in second. Here are the final placements of the top six couples after three solo dances of the cha cha, rumba, and jive and two group dances of the samba and paso doble.

Rank

Couple

Country

1.

Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno

RUS

2.

Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska

GER

3.

Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova

GER

4.

Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova

FRA

5.

Edgar Marcos Borjas - Alina Nowak

POL

6.

Jakub Lipowski - Diandra-Aniela Illes

POL

Tsaturyan and Gudyno successfully earned more than 39.00 points for each dance performed, which resulted them in concluding the final with 197.541 points out of a 200 possible. They were 2.459 points away from achieving a perfect score, which is 40.00 points per dance. It was their highest score in a GrandSlam event this year so far, and possibly of their entire careers!

A Very Heated Semifinal

From a total of 126 couples, the heat of action actually took place in the semifinal—into which advanced 13 couples. Here are the concluding semifinal placements:

Rank

Couple

Country

7.

Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova

EST

8.

Vito Coppola - Oona Oinas

ITA

9.

Yan Bangbang - Du Yujun

CHN

10. - 11.

Anton Aldaev - Natalia Polukhina

RUS

10. - 11.

Paul Moldovan - Cristina Tatar

ROU

12.

Malthe Brinch Rohde - Sandra Sorensen

DEN

13.

Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova

CAN

As we can see, Gorodilov and Bergmannova jumped back down into the semifinal from last month’s Taipei final, as did Moldovan and Tatar of Romania, who just last month were one step away from the final in seventh place. Now they share the 10th- and 11th-place position with Russian duo Anton Aldaev and Natalia Polukhina. Also, we can notice that little by little, Italian duo Vito Coppola and Oona Oinas are progressing from event to event, climbing up the ladders of competition in achieving higher and higher results. 

Overall, it was a heated round to watch as the battle for the final commenced, and Poland made its breakthrough.

A DanceSport Fashion Icon

Last but not least, it cannot go unnoticed the costume changes of the one and only Khrystyna Moshenska, who channels various style icons and transforms her image almost each and every competition. Whether it’s the hair, the makeup, the shoes, or the costumes, she always surprises all who watch her with her new and always changing look. For this reason alone, she is a legend in her own character, personality, and endless belief in what she does—a true role model and icon for those who one day want to be just like her and a true champion in all aspects.




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. 

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.