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They Are All Here ... Well, Almost! 09 December 2016 16:40

Marius-Andrei Balan Khrystyna Moshenska, GER © Egli

24 couples had qualified for these GrandSlam Finals on the basis of the number of points they had accumulated in minimum four of the five legs of the 2016 Series. The GrandSlam Latin Ranking after five legs is available here.

You will observe that Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska, GER, have met the qualification criteria with 3999 points total, four entries in regular legs and a third position in the ranking. But unfortunately they are not in Shanghai, CHN, today or tomorrow. Marius-Andrei came down with a high fever and was unable to travel. 

We wish him a speedy recovery! As has happened before, the couple is very prominently featured on all the YouTube clips (see below).

Tomorrow morning we will publish the starting lists for the two Finals. For the time being, find out who's already here by watching our traditional "Walk of Fame" clip.

muEDVUerbqI|The Walk of Fame | 2016 GrandSlam Finals Shanghai | DanceSport Total

Your Panel of Ajudicators 09 December 2016 12:13

2016 GrandSlam Platja d'Aro Adjudicators

On 23 November, WDSF implemented an anti-manipulation measure that is based on the recommendations of the Task Force to Combat Competition Manipulation in DanceSport after the Sports Commission and the Managing Committee approved it in their meetings.

Deviating from the procedure in the past - and for a trial period of a still undetermined duration - WDSF will publish the names of all Adjudicators making up the panels at title and GrandSlam events.

The following 12 Adjudicators will officiate at the 2016 WDSF GrandSlam Finals in Shanghai on 10 (Latin) and 11 December (Standard).

Marie Raiend

NZL

Atsushi Yamada

JPN

Andrey Shamshurov

RUS

Petra Matschullat-Horn

GER

Domenico Soale

ITA

Petr Pastorek

SVK

Zhang Qingshu (GS LAT)
Liu Shuai (GS STD)

CHN

Diana Mitt

EST

Jens Werner

DEN

Tatsiana Lavinovich

BLR

Denise Mayes

England

Martynas Kura

LTU

From One Party To The Next 09 December 2016 12:06

Walk of Fame

What a week it has been: Breakdance in the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires, ARG, new headquarters in the House of International Sport located in the Olympic Capital, ... We have barely had the time to celebrate all the positive developments in Lausanne, SUI, before we had to move on to Shanghai, CHN, for the next milestone events.

Scheduled over this weekend are the two GrandSlam Finals - known as the "Showdown in Shanghai" - that bring the 2016 Series to its conclusion by awarding the last big title of the year.

The 24 best couples in the world and two wildcard qualifiers from China are currently downtown, strolling down the traditional red-carpet "Walk of Fame" and getting blinded by the flashlights that are generated by countless press photographers. We should have the new video available shortly! The "Live from Shanghai" blog gets rolled out within the next few hours too!

Here is last year's "Walk of Fame."

uTfPyurU5N0|The Walk of Fame

 

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