The Vimeo on Demand programme covering the 2017 WDSF GrandSlam Latin Final in Shanghai, CHN, will become available from Friday 15 December.
A high-quality production on Latin dancing at its best, the programme features semi-final and final of the "Latin Showdown in Shanghai," with interviews and behind-the-scene pieces rounding it all up. The quarterfinal and the presentation of the couples will be the extra features. That will be close to three hours of exclusive DanceSport coverage, all for a fair rate of US$ 3.75! Rental period is six months, pre-order now!
The 2017 World DanceSport Championship Latin Formation was held on 9 December at the Multiversum in Vienna - Schwechat, AUT. WDSF Communications team member Helmut Roland was on location and provides information, photos plus the first video.
After coming in second for the last two years, the Russian DUET Perm Formation Team made it to first this year. They have always dazzled the crowds at the venue and millions on YouTube with their very exceptional routines, but this year they have convinced the adjudicators as well. It was a tight final and the margin separating Perm from the first runners-up, the Grün-Gold-Club Bremen, GER, was as minimal as it gets - not even two decimal points - but everyone felt that Perm's victory was well deserved. Second runners-up was the other Russian Formation Team Vera Tyumen.
Here is an interview with the new World Champions in Latin Formation! You can expect videos of the performances to be uploaded over the coming days.
Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova, RUS, win their second GrandSlam Standard Final and wrap up an incredible year, winning all the Series' regular legs which had escaped them in the past: Hong Kong and Stuttgart. And everything else as well! First and second runners-up were Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU, and Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA, respectively.
Here is a first-round clip of Dmitry and Olga! A few other clips are added too. But you might have to be patient to get to watch the remaining 10+. Working on social media platforms directly from here is getting increasingly difficult. By Tuesday 12 December, after we have returned, we should be able to resume posting.
They have been dancing together for three years: the three-time World Champion Krhystyna Moshenska, who won the titles with her former partner Nino Langella, and Marius-Andrei Balan. They started this GrandSlam Latin Final as #7 of the GrandSlam Ranking as of the end of November, they finished it as #1 ... Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska win their first BIG competition together.
No wonder that Marius is ecstatic! Here is one of our stories on a partnership that has evolved!
Last year’s GrandSlam Standard Final will forever be remembered as the last duel between the eternal opponents Simone Segatori – Annette Sudol, GER, and Dmitry Zharkov – Olga Kukikova, RUS, where the former ended up on top. From there it was total dominance by the Russians in four GrandSlam legs in the 2017 Series as well as in the World Championship held here in China back in September. Even though they had made the announcement to change to the Professional Division, Simone and Annette have not yet danced any competitions there and, as the #2 in the GrandSlam Ranking, would be entitled to dance in this Standard “Showdown Shanghai.”
But they have not entered. Something which allows another German couple to put in its first appearance in this GrandSlam Standard Final: Tomas Fainsil and Violetta Posmetnaya. There are four more newcomers to the most exclusive competition in all of DanceSport: Russians Evgeny Nikitin - Anastasia Miliutina and the Chinese wild card couple Qiu Yuming - Wei Liying. They should do their country proud – here too – as they did in the World Standard, where they became the first ever semi-finalists from China.
To consider the pre-event favourites and dominators Dmitry Zharkov – Olga Kukikova as shoo-in winners today would be justifiable, if were not for the mishaps that saw a great dancer (almost) tumble on two occasions.
Here is the all-star line-up for the 2017 GrandSlam Standard Final:
Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST
Tomas Fainsil - Violetta Posmetnaya, GER
Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova, RUS
Vasily Kirin - Ekaterina Prozorova, AUT
Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
Evgeny Nikitin - Anastasia Miliutina, RUS
Vadim Shurin - Anastasia Meshkova, LAT
Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin, GER
Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
Qiu Yuming - Wei Liying
Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS
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Do not think that Russians Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno had dropped their guard or didn't dance well in yesterday's Latin Showdown in Shanghai. They were the pre-event favourites for the win for a reason and on the basis of their results in the entire 2017 Series plus - most recently - in the World Latin. They did not have to succumb to the Germans Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska in any competition since their fourth-place finish in the 2016 GrandSlam Stuttgart.
A look at the results in the first two rounds of the 2017 GrandSlam Latin Final confirms: the Russians would have won both, narrowly but won. They dropped different dances to their opponents throughout, but they managed to win the Jive almost "comfortably" - if four decimals can be called that- in the first two rounds. But they lost it in the final! Lots to be analysed when the Vimeo on Demand programme comes out:
Lukas Hinder, the President of the World DanceSport Federation, outlined the plan to expand the scope of the GrandSlam Series by including other disciplines of DanceSport in his address during the Opening Ceremony.
With a view to the future and the upcoming five-year cycle of our GrandSlam Series we look at ways of expanding on the concept by adding other dance styles and one or even more events. We are talking about this with one of our Associate Members, the World Rock ‘n’ Roll Confederation, and with our National Member Bodies. Opening up our premier competition series to a much broader interpretation of DanceSport would ultimately benefit all of us. Why, you are asking?
2018 will be an important year in the history of this world governing body. In October of next year, the first 24 dancers will contest medals at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games – the YOG – and by doing so they will put in the first appearance of DanceSport on the biggest stage of all.
They won’t be dancing the Cha Cha Cha or Viennese Waltz: “toprock,” “downrock” and “power moves” are their specialty. But let there be no doubt, what these b-boys and b-girls do is DanceSport too!
Just last weekend, the Chinese DanceSport Federation was represented by five breakers in the Continental YOG Qualifier for Asia and Oceania. After the battles between nearly 100 participants aged 15 to 17, four of them remain in running for maximum two of the 24 places in Buenos Aires next October.
Even if they don’t make it there, you should bring them to the GrandSlam Finals in 2018 and have them perform alongside the Latin and Standard dancers in a combined event that would acquire more diversity.
DanceSport is timeless, ageless and as diverse as the music it is performed to. What if this “Final Showdown in Shanghai” could develop into an annual gathering of the international elites – the best in the world – in three, four or even more dance styles?
The Latin Showdown in Shanghai proved every bit as suspenseful as anyone could have expected. The powers shifted back and forth in the battles for first - and for some of the other places too. In the absence of three-time GrandSlam Final winners Goffredo - Matus, MDA, it was not Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno, RUS, the runners-up in four of the 2017 Series' regular legs, who claimed first, but Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska, GER.
They won their first GrandSlam competition by the narrowest of margins - not even three decimal points - over the Russians. They finished off the 2017 Series on a high note, after they had to withdraw from the first leg in Helsinki, FIN, due to exhaustion.
A similarly narrow margin separated the fourth from the fifth couple in the final standing. Andrey Gusev - Vera Bondareva, RUS, came out on top over Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova, FRA.