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The Newsletter 10 December 2016 12:34

2016 GrandSlam Finals Newsletter

We have circulated our 2016 GrandSlam Finals to our 25,000 addresses. Obviously, some of the articles had to cover what happened in Lausanne this week: DanceSport becomes Olympic, WDSF opens headquarters in the Olympic Capital, etc.

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Warming Up 10 December 2016 12:14

Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno © Egli

The 12 couples about to dance today's GrandSlam Final Latin at the Wuhan Stadium in Shanghai, CHN, get ready for what is a short but demanding competition. It goes over three rounds only. Three couples will drop out after the first, then it's on to semi-final with nine and a final with six couples.

Here is a short clip set to Guantanamera by Nubian Fräuleins from the WDSF Music Partner Casa musica.

hu9w2fdShyw|The Warm-Up | 2016 GS Final Latin

The Starting LIst | Latin 10 December 2016 04:31

Yury Simachev - Anastasia Klokotova, RUS © Egli

Below are the 11 couples that are present in Shanghai for the "Final Showdown" in Latin. We have mentioned that Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska, GER, were not able to travel for health reasons. A number of couples that were perennial finalists in the Shanghai Showdown did not qualify because they failed to enter the required minimum of four regular legs. Some due to illness, others for what could best be described as "political reasons" - "stable politics" had kept them out of determined GrandSlams. Too bad!

The name of the Chinese wildcard couple will still need to be added before the first round gets underway in about four hours from now.

By far the largest contingent is from Russia. Four couples in Latin, three in Standard! Quite a strange coincidence as the Russian National Member Body's membership with WDSF is currently under suspension. At least this clearly shows that the suspension does not affect the athletes.

Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno                    


Andrea Silvestri - Martina Varadi       


Andrey Gusev - Vera Bondareva


Umberto Gaudino - Louise Heise   


Timur Yusupov - Sofia Kharina   


Giacomo Lazzarini - Roberta Benedetti         


Guillem Pascual - Rosa Carne 


Anton Aldaev - Natalia Polukhina 


Gabriele Goffredo - Anna Matus  


Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenka


Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova


Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova



2016 GrandSlam Finals | Walk of Fame 10 December 2016 04:06

Walk of Fame - 9 December

We have added some 30 photos taken by Heidi Goetz, the WDSF Communication Commission chair, to our "Live from Shanghai" Gallery above. They were taken at the traditional "Walk of Fame," the Press Conference and the Welcome Dinner in the late afternoon and evening yesterday.  The local organisers around the Chinese DanceSport Federation Secretary General Jimmy Su moved up the events scheduled on Friday, with the effect that a number of the qualified couples didn't make it to Shanghai in time to walk the carpet and enjoy the "adulation by the masses" on Nanjing Road.

They Are All Here ... Well, Almost! 09 December 2016 16:40

Marius-Andrei Balan Khrystyna Moshenska, GER © Egli

24 couples had qualified for these GrandSlam Finals on the basis of the number of points they had accumulated in minimum four of the five legs of the 2016 Series. The GrandSlam Latin Ranking after five legs is available here.

You will observe that Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska, GER, have met the qualification criteria with 3999 points total, four entries in regular legs and a third position in the ranking. But unfortunately they are not in Shanghai, CHN, today or tomorrow. Marius-Andrei came down with a high fever and was unable to travel. 

We wish him a speedy recovery! As has happened before, it's precisely the absent couple that is very prominently featured on all the YouTube clips (see below). A jinx?

Tomorrow morning we will publish the starting lists for the two Finals. For the time being, find out who's already here by watching our traditional "Walk of Fame" clip.

muEDVUerbqI|The Walk of Fame | 2016 GrandSlam Finals Shanghai | DanceSport Total

Your Panel of Ajudicators 09 December 2016 12:13

2016 GrandSlam Platja d'Aro Adjudicators

On 23 November, WDSF implemented an anti-manipulation measure that is based on the recommendations of the Task Force to Combat Competition Manipulation in DanceSport after the Sports Commission and the Managing Committee approved it in their meetings.

Deviating from the procedure in the past - and for a trial period of a still undetermined duration - WDSF will publish the names of all Adjudicators making up the panels at title and GrandSlam events.

The following 12 Adjudicators will officiate at the 2016 WDSF GrandSlam Finals in Shanghai on 10 (Latin) and 11 December (Standard).

Marie Raiend


Atsushi Yamada


Andrey Shamshurov


Petra Matschullat-Horn


Domenico Soale


Petr Pastorek


Zhang Qingshu (GS LAT)
Liu Shuai (GS STD)


Diana Mitt


Jens Werner


Tatsiana Lavinovich


Denise Mayes


Martynas Kura


From One Party To The Next 09 December 2016 12:06

Walk of Fame

What a week it has been: Breakdance in the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires, ARG, new headquarters in the House of International Sport located in the Olympic Capital, ... We have barely had the time to celebrate all the positive developments in Lausanne, SUI, before we had to move on to Shanghai, CHN, for the next milestone events.

Scheduled over this weekend are the two GrandSlam Finals - known as the "Showdown in Shanghai" - that bring the 2016 Series to its conclusion by awarding the last big title of the year.

The 24 best couples in the world and two wildcard qualifiers from China are currently downtown, strolling down the traditional red-carpet "Walk of Fame" and getting blinded by the flashlights that are generated by countless press photographers. We should have the new video available shortly! The "Live from Shanghai" blog gets rolled out within the next few hours too!

Here is last year's "Walk of Fame."

uTfPyurU5N0|The Walk of Fame



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