We have added photos and videos of the first two rounds of this GrandSlam Latin Rimini to the respective sections of the media gallery. Our colleagues Reinhard Egli and Ferran Castanyer have captured the best moments in still and moving pictures.
Everybody knows Murphy and his law. We got reacquainted with it at the start of the webcast that was supposed to bring you the quarterfinal in its full glory. The moment we went live, the network was cut - most likely an Ethernet cable unplugged - and the screens went black on your end.
The problem was solved in less than two minutes and the signal has been stable ever since!
Watch on DanceSport Total and FloDance! The 24 couples are just about to dance the Jive.
The first round and the re-dance have been completed, the standing for the places 49 through 67 and the starting list for the second round have been published. The total number of entries ended up being much lower than expected. That only 67 couples have come to Rimini for the third leg of the GrandSlam Latin Series is disappointing. But unlike in Standard, the top-ranked couples have all made it.
Among the 48 dancing in the next round is the "Who's Who" in Latin. Plus the two couples that have their eyes set on the 2018 World Champion title in Ten Dance: Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova, EST, who were sorely missed in yesterday's Standard, and Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova, CAN, who seem to want to dance everything possible prior to the World Ten Dance in Warsaw, POL. That's in December!
Let's not forget the LIVE WEBCAST at 15:50 UTC! It can be watched through DanceSport Total and FloDance.
The decisive stages of today's GrandSlam Latin Rimini will be available as free-to-view webcasts on two different platforms. The prospective partners WDSF with DanceSport Total and FloSports with its OTT platform FloDance offer the stream to what will likely be another massive and worldwide audience.
Here is the schedule for the webcasts - all times are UTC/GMT:
Quarterfinal starts at 15:50 UTC.
Semi-final starts at 17:30 UTC.
Final starts at 18:50.
There are 80 couples from 11 countries that have entered. Armen and Svetlana should have arrived, but we're still waiting to hear from them for the interview.
It was a great GrandSlam Standard that concluded around midnight for us as we had to wrap it up with the interviews of the top three couples. We thank all of them for giving us their time and for keeping their good humour.
This morning we did an in-depth interview with Alexey Glukhov and Anastasia Glazunova, RUS. A very congenial couple! You'll be able to confirm that when you watch it once the Vimeo on Demand package is released on Friday 20 July. It's the free-to-view bonus feature in the package.
Today it is the GrandSlam Latin Rimini that will keep us busy. We're still waiting to hear from our interview partners Armen and Svetlana when they would have time to fit us in. Guys, if you read this, send us a WhatsApp ASAP!
Our coverage on the Latin starts at around 11:30 UTC, when we confirm the schedule for the LIVE webcasts of the decisive rounds.
Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova, RUS, are able to celebrate their ninth GrandSlam victory in succession - in total they have 16 - and they are looking forward to dance in Stuttgart, GER.
They can also look back at the first GrandSlam they danced in Rimini. That was back in 2009. Dmitry and Olga finished in 14th place then. Winners twere Benedetto Ferruggia - Claudia Koehler, GER.
Our colleague Reinhard Egli has just provided us with the first batch of photographs he took during the early rounds of the GrandSlam Standard. We have added them to the Photo Gallery above, where they round off the holistic view that the Italian Federation takes on DanceSport. The first eight photographs depict the disciplines Syncro and Breaking. Now, between the semi-final and final, we'll have ShowDance Standard and Latin. That's "Danza Sportiva!"
In his speech during the opening ceremony of the GrandSlam, WDSF Presidium Member Glenn Weiss commended the Italian Federation and declared their approach to unify dance as sport as an example to be followed by the other National Member Bodies.
Two statements by experts in the respective field summarised the quality of the webcast and that of the dancing in the quarterfinal. "THE STREAM IS SOLID" and "THE DANCING IS GREAT" are the quotes of the day.
Why don't you watch and confirm yourself! On either one of the two platforms!
DanceSport Total or FloDance
The webcast will continue with the GrandSlam Opening Ceremony, essentially the speeches by the President of the Italian DanceSport Federation, Mr Michele Barbone, and by Mr Glenn Weiss, USA Dance President until last year and currently a member of the WDSF Presdium.
These are political times, we recommend you listen in to what the DanceSport leadership at Italian and world level has to say.
Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini, ITA, are the couple receiving the most vocal and high-decibel support since they started dancing in round two. We have seen their fans in numbers at other major events in places as far as China. But with this GrandSlam contested on home turf, they have turned up in full force.