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The League of Legends – and beyond 19 November 2018 08:06

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It has taken some time to recover from the 2018 World Championship Standard in Vienna. It was such a magical night with many wonderful and memorable moments, big and small. The whole range of emotions were applied as the evening went on towards the decisive stages of the Championship.

Throughout the day it was clear which couple would be the favourite to many. Three-time World Champions Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova (RUS) were chasing for the fourth World title and were trying to stretch their winning streak (which has been running since August 2017) to new lengths. They cleared the quarterfinal with 4,58 points margin and the semifinal with 5,25 points margin to the Italians Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini.

As the final six were announced, Dmitry and Olga and Francesco and Debora were joined by two Lithuanian couples, Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite and Vaidotas Lacitis – Veronika Golodneva, another Russian couple Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna and a German couple Anton Skuratov – Alena Uehlin in the exciting final. Tango and Viennese Waltz were solo dances, Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep were danced in a group.

The final started with Tango. Dmitry and Olga took a lead but the second place was tied in scores between Galuppo-Pacini and Sodeika-Zukauskaite. After Waltz the result was the same; the Russians were at lead with 78,63 points and the Italians and the Lithuanians were tied at 75,88 points. The third dance, Slow Foxtrot, shifted the second place for Sodeika-Zukauskaite, but only with a margin of 0,33 points. The rankings 4-6 started to look clear, as Moshenin-Spitsyna were strongly on the fourth place, Lacitis-Golodneva on the fifth and Skuratov-Uehlin on the sixth place.

Zharkov-Kulikova scored 39,50 for their Quickstep. They now had over 5 points lead towards the two couples competing for the second place, and they were close to confirming the fourth World Title. Sodeika-Zukauskaite scored 38,17 and Galuppo-Pacini 38,00, and the difference between these two couples shifted to 0,5 points. But it was not over yet for these two. Anything might have happened.

After the last dance of the final, solo Viennese Waltz, Dmitry and Olga received a standing ovation. They stayed on the dance floor, thanking the crowd longer than usual. Applause was continuing longer than ever. They knew what had just happened. As the scores were shown it became true. Dmitry and Olga had secured their fourth World Championship title, scoring the highest scores on the final, 39,542. They were looking proudly at each other. Dmitry took Olga to his arms and carried her off the dance floor.

And it was the Viennese Waltz which determined the second place for Evaldas and Ieva as they scored 0,25 points more than Francesco and Debora.

At the prize presentation ceremony while other couples were announced, Dmitry and Olga were holding hands, standing close and looking at each other, smiling and whispering. As the winners were announced and the evening was ending to an emotional Dance of Honour, many had tears in their eyes for what they had just been witnessing. A moment that will be remembered. A moment in history.

Dmitry and Olga wrote their names on the League of Legends, higher than anyone.

History was made in Vienna 17 November 2018 21:42

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You could hardly hear the music as the couples passed the full main tribunes during group dances one by one. The crowd was so loud, and respected and appreciated the finalists as hard as they could.

After the third dance the differences in scores started to show, after the fourth dance it was almost obvious, but it was the last dance, the solo Viennese Waltz, which made it clear. Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova representing Russian Federation would take home the fourth World title in a row, making history in Standard dancing. As the results for their last solo dance were shown, Dmitry took Olga and carried her off the floor.

The final results:

1. Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS
2. Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
3. Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
4. Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
5. Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
6. Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin, GER

Congratulations! And thank you for such an exciting and wonderful competition and evening!

Talent, beauty and athleticism 17 November 2018 20:45

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There were some amazing moments during the semifinal. The Austrian crowd just couldn't stop chanting and cheering when the couples performed their best, enjoying the atmosphere and pushing each other to another level.

The six couples competing for the 2018 World Championship title are:

29 Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
42 Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
55 Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
77 Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin, GER
78 Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
91 Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS

The semifinalists 17 November 2018 19:56

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We have the list of semifinalists.

11 Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST
25 Pasquale Farina - Sofie Koborg, DEN
29 Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
38 Vasily Kirin - Ekaterina Prozorova, AUT
42 Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
48 Edgars Linis - Eliza Ancane, LAT
55 Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
60 David Odstrcil - Tara Bohak, CZE
74 Vadim Shurin - Anastasia Meshkova, LAT
77 Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin, GER
78 Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
86 Daniil Ulanov - Kateryna Isakovych, CYP
91 Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS

13 couples made it to the semifinal. You can just feel the heat.

The Presidential handover 17 November 2018 18:50

The ceremony

During the Opening Ceremonies there was a special moment when WDSF President Mr. Lukas Hinder transferred the President's mallet as a symbol for the President of the World DanceSport Federation to Mr. Shawn Tay.

In his speech the newly declared WDSF President Mr. Tay emphasized his commitment to DanceSport with its multiple disciplines and thanked the Presidium and his family for support.

Mr. Tay presented the Honorary Life President diploma to Mr. Hinder.

At the end of the ceremony the couples returned back to the floor by surprise and greeted and showed respect for both gentlemen with loud applause.

DqeyPxSxK64|The Presidential handover

 

Quarterfinal next 17 November 2018 17:10

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The crowd is getting louder and louder as the competition continues in Multiversum. The couples have already cleared the second round and after a break and the opening ceremonies 25 couples continue to the third round, which is the quarterfinal.

It is also the mark of the beginning of Live Stream at FloDance. There is additional information for Austrians: the live stream is blocked, but instead you will get a program at ORF Sport+ on Sunday, November 25th at 20:15.

Couples seem to be in a good mood, and why wouldn't they be. The warmth of the crowd and a beautiful setting combined with well-organized event makes their job easy. Just dance. And enjoy!

Beautiful videos, almost real time 17 November 2018 14:05

2018 World Championship Standard - videos


Round one is over and redance will start in a few minutes. We already have some amazing videos of couples and we will keep uploading them from round one and round two on our DanceSportTotal YouTube Channel and to this blog.

Live stream will start at quarterfinal via FloDance.com.






DLk2QfHliOw|Kirin - Prozorova, AUT | 2018 World STD Vienna | R1 W

Today's the day! 17 November 2018 06:44

2018 World Championship Standard - Vienna - Multiversum

We are ready for the World Championship. The warm-up for the dancers is around noon, the first round begins at 13:00 and the competition day will continue until close to midnight. 

We will be active in this blog and in our social media channels throughout the whole day.

Stay tuned!

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