On Friday afternoon we had some fantastic time with Charles-Guillaume and Elena, who had arrived in Paris from their home town by train. The couple said it is an honor to dance the European Championship in front of the home crowd and family members and friends.
We also learned about their other artistic skills: passion for writing, architechture, playing piano etc. We also know who to follow if we are unsure where to go to: Charles, who has this amazing skill of orienteering! Without a map!
You will hear all about this later, as we will edit the clip and upload it to our channels later on.
As the European Championship couples are arriving in Paris and checking-in at the hotel, you can almost feel the excitement which is starting to build up. The venue, Stade Pierre De Coubertin has already been filled with music and dance on Friday as the WDSF Open categories have been running since the afternoon.
WDSF Open Senior I Latin couples have already had their final and the winners were Yevgen Dmytrenko - Mery Lenz (ARG). Mehdi Mekedder - Caroline Mekedder (FRA) ranked second and Jari Laatta - Vilma Lahti (FIN) third.
The WDSF Communications Team is already setting up their cameras for tomorrow. The 2019 WRRC European Championship Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll Main Class Free Style will be streamed live on Saturday at DanceSportTotal.com, a brand new WDSF platform!
The 2019 WDSF European Championship Latin will be streamed live at FloDance. The quarterfinal is scheduled to begin at 18:00 CET, the semifinal at 20:10 and the final at 21:35 CET.
It is a busy weekend also outside Paris.
Bacau, Romania hosts a WDSF Open for Adults and Youth, Latin for both age groups on Saturday and Standard on Sunday. Lviv, Ukraine, hosts a similar WDSF Open event for Adults and Youth aswell, although Standard will be danced on Saturday and Latin on Sunday.
The event in Bari, Italy starts already on Friday with WDSF International Open Latin with 60 couples on the starting list and continues on Saturday with WDSF International Open Standard with 97 couples on the starting list. Karpacz, Poland (in photo) hosts a WDSF Open for Youth and Under 21, plus a DSE Children GrandPrix on Saturday. And Tartu, Estonia, hosts a WDSF Open on Saturday for all age groups from Juvenile II to Under 21.
The event in Paris is starting on Friday with WDSF Open competitions, on Saturday the WDSF Opens continue, together with WDSF World Open Standard, and on Sunday with the WDSF International Open Latin.
Pierre De Coubertin (1863-1937) is considered one of the fathers of the modern Olympic Games. As an Olympic gold medalist himself for literature at the 1912 Summer Olympics with his poem Ode to Sport, he has also presented the famous motto Citius, Altius, Fortius. It has been the official Olympic motto since 1924.
This Saturday his motto will be turned to reality at the venue which has been named to honor him, the Stade Pierre De Coubertin, as the best Latin couples and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll couples in Europe will meet and go for the two European Championship titles.
Armen Tsaturyan – Svetlana Gudyno (RUS) are the reigning European and World Champions in Latin, are going for their fourth European title, but nothing comes too easy for them anymore. The first leg of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Series was exciting and the margins were minimal. Marius-Andrei Balan – Khrystyna Moshenska (GER) scored exactly the same points in Rumba as Armen and Svetlana, and in Jive the difference in scores was only 0.041 points in favor of the Russians. If we see the same kind of margins on Saturday, all the couples in the final will need to rise to the next level and keep pushing until the very end of the last dance. It could become a spectacle worthy of the venue named after the legend.
There are 65 couples representing 36 countries on the starting list. The 2019 WDSF European Championship Latin is certainly one of the highlights of the year, and this time it is also the first qualifying event for Latin for the World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama (USA).
25 couples, representing nine countries have registered for the thrilling 2019 WRRC European Championship Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll. All the finalists from last year can be found on the starting list, including the reigning European and World Champions Alexey Kondrashin – Darina Kozlova (RUS). What makes it interesting is the fact that the runners-up in both of those Championships, Ivan Kudryashov – Margarita Charkovskaya (RUS) defeated Alexey and Darina in the World Cup event in Moscow last week. We are looking forward to the final, and a tight competition between the finalists.
But, as Mr. de Coubertin has said, the competition itself is more important than winning:
L'important dans la vie ce n'est point le triomphe, mais le combat, l'essentiel ce n'est pas d'avoir vaincu mais de s'être bien battu.
The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
With this definition of sport spirit in mind, all the best and good luck to all couples on the dance floor on Saturday and during the weekend!