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.





Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno



Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska



Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova



Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova



Edgar Marcos Borjas - Alina Nowak



Jakub Lipowski - Diandra-Aniela Illes


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:





Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova



Vito Coppola - Oona Oinas



Yan Bangbang - Du Yujun


10. - 11.

Anton Aldaev - Natalia Polukhina


10. - 11.

Paul Moldovan - Cristina Tatar



Malthe Brinch Rohde - Sandra Sorensen



Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova


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.

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. 

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.