We have mentioned it many times before: The World Games constitute an important milestone in the career of every athlete who has the opportunity to dance in them. Multiple World Champions such as Paolo Bosco - Silvia Pitto, ITA, Alexey Silde - Anna Firstova, RUS, Benedetto Ferruggia - Claudia Koehler, GER, as well as Christophe Payan, a two-time World Games Champion in Rock 'n' Roll, have singled out thiscompetition as the one that brought their experience to an entirely new level. In many ways!
The majority of the almost 150 dancers have arrived in Wroclaw and settled into their hotels. They are accommodated by event (LAT, R&R, SAL, STA) in one of two centrally located hotels. A good thing: that way they don't have to walk far to tonight's Athletes' Party on the World Games Plaza.
On the left you have Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS, being transferred from the airport to the hotel. They are much happier about being in Poland than it looks in this photo! Also in the picture: Pedro Toro, the awrad-winning director of "Do your dance," who will produce a documentary on DanceSport in The World Games 2017.
During the two days of the DanceSport competitions held at the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, POL, we will embed a player with the live signal of the Olympic Channel right here on this blog. This signal, however, will be blocked in all countries and territories where a rightsholding broadcaster will air or stream the coverage - and there are quite a few! Check the list of 130 below!
If you intend to watch DanceSport at The World Games 2017 from one of these countries, check your TV guides to find out which channel will carry it and when. In Russia, for instance, the fans of Dmitry and Olga, of Armen and Svetlana and of Konstantin and Ksenia can tune into MATCH TV and follow all the action as per the schedule below:
28 July at 21.30
29 July at 19:30
There are major DanceSport countries where the signal of the Olympic Channel is not blocked: France, Italy, USA ...
TWG 2017 Coverage Blocked on Olympic Channel
If we look back at previous editions of The World Games, we should discover that each one had that special something that distinguished it from all the others. Taking the most recent edition held in Cali, COL, in 2013 as an example, we most likely remember the enthusiasm of the local public more than anything else. Maybe it was the unprecedented calibre of new and state-of-the-art venues that marked 2009 Kaohsiung, TPE, or the colourful blend of sport and culture in the case of 2005 Duisburg, GER, and its World Games Plaza.
The World Games 2017 Wroclaw should go down in history for the television coverage they generate, which is truly without match among the predecessor editions in terms of both quantity and quality. Not to mention the global reach: the international signal of The World Games 2017 is distributed to TV channels in more than 100 different markets as well as to the Olympic Channel. Extensive coverage on these games is, for the first time ever, available worldwide. The quality of production is ensured by International Sports Broadcasting, a company with an Olympic pedigree, collaborating with the host broadcaster ATM.
Watch 2017 Wroclaw live on air in countries like Germany (Sport 1) or as a stream on the Olympic Channel.
B-Boy Cha Cha Kong is a man with a mission. Through his School of Hip Hop and a city-wide outreach programme, he provides Hong Kong’s troubled youth with the chance to dance. Cha Cha is always on the lookout for young people who might need his help. "They tend to be wary about talking to social workers," he says. "It's easier for me, a dancer, to approach them. If I can get them interested in dancing, there is a much greater chance that social workers can get through to them."
After all, the formula had worked for him some 15 years ago! "I was a troubled youth, a school dropout. I know how it feels to be labelled as someone incapable to do anything right,” he says. "Everyone has the chance to be successful. I was lucky to have found dancing and I hope that my story can inspire others."
This month Cha Cha looks after the six b-boys and six b-girls taking part in “Breaking for Gold,” the digital qualification process which he hopes will identify one of them to represent Hong Kong in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. A long shot, he knows. But Cha Cha has taken many of those in his work as a Hip Hop teacher/social worker.
The deadline for the first stage of "Breaking for Gold" is 31 July 2017, end of the day UTC! If you have not yet uploaded your video to www.breakingforgold.com, do so now!
On the occasion of the traditional danceComp in Wuppertal, GER, Heidi Goetz and Michael Eichert were honoured. The two former members of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) Presidium received the presitgious Oliver-Wessel-Therhorn (OWT) Award for their outstanding contributions made to DanceSport over many years at international as well as national levels.
Named after Oliver Wessel Therhorn (1960 - 2010), one of the most prolific trainers in the history of DanceSport, the "OWT" is awarded annually by the North Rhine Westphalia DanceSport Association (Tanzsportverband Nordrhein-Westfalen) to one or more recipients who have made meritorious contributions to the sport.
Heidi and Michael were honoured for their respective achievements as long-time members of the WDSF Presidium as well as administrators at the national levels. WDSF congratulates the awardees: "You more than deserve this recognition!"
Read up on the "OWT" award presentation on the website of DanceSport Germany!
The DanceSport events of The World Games 2017 are scheduled on Friday 28 (Salsa and Standard) and Saturday 29 July (Rock 'n' Roll and Latin). The athletes and officials, nearly 200 people who make up the WDSF contingent, start to arrive in Wroclaw from 25 July and should all be here for the training day on Thursday 27 July.
The world #1 in all four events - in Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll, Latin, Salsa and Standard - will compete in these games and the three reigning World Games Champions from 2013 will try to defend their title. This includes the Salsa Champions Jefferson Benjumea - Adriana Avila Molina, COL, who were the declared darlings of the 17,000 packed into the Cali bullfighting ring.
For all who can't wait for the DanceSport competitions to start here in Poland we recommend to spend the US$ 3.75 to watch either of the two programmes on the recent GrandSlam Hong Kong, each offering more than two hours of top-level dancing, insightful interviews and backstage coverage.
The competitions held over the first three days of The World Games 2017 produced worthy champions in about seventy medal events already. The sportsmen and women in a number of sports are on their way home, only very few with a medal in their luggage - and even fever with the title of "Athlete of the Day" bestowed upon them. On day three, the International World Games Association selected Sandrine Tas (BEL), a speed skater, and Reza Alipourshenazandifar (IRI), a speed climber, for the honours.
At times it was very difficult to decide where best to focus one's attention: to one of the stages, to one of the screens, or to the streams of people moving up and down the catwalks.
The Opening Ceremony was a highly visual smorgasbord of themes ranging from sports to politics. It was put together by artistic director Krzysztof Materna. Colours, music and - above all - dance were the key ingredients. The full spectrum of all three elements was used to drive the message home.
The solemn moments were provided when the Mayor of Wroclaw, Rafał Dutkiewicz, IWGA President José Perurena and IOC President Dr Thomas Bach took centre stage to address the capacity crowd of 40,000 at Wroclaw Stadium.
Dr Thomas Bach
“The next few days will be a celebration of sport and its values. The World Games are a confirmation of the power of sport to unite us all. In sport, everyone is equal, no matter who you are or where you come from. Sport has the power to bring together all people.”