In a press conference, the organisers of the XIIIth Spanish Open and the representatives of the host city Salou outlined their expectations for an event that will bring 1,680 couples to the Golden Coast (Costa Daurada) between 2 and 6 December.
The Mayor Pere Granados and the President of the World DanceSport Federation, Carlos Freitag, emphasised the importance of the Spanish Open, held in Salou for 13 consecutive years, and in particular of the Grand Slam Finals as its absolute highlight in 2011.
"The best DanceSport in the world will undoubtedly be shown in Salou this weekend," said Freitag, referring to the quality of the couples who will compete in the Grand Slam Finals.
Mayor Granados pointed to the economic situation in Spain and around the world when he stated that "in times of crisis it is even more important that institutions and the private sector work together in ventures that bring activity to the city and help it to regain dynamism".
Antonio Mas, the organiser of the Spanish Open, thanked the city of Salou for its continued support to DanceSportr and gave a brief rundown of what to expect over the six days at the Municipal Sports Hall. "Salou will get a good return in terms of exposure," Mas said. Six hours of television will be produced on the Grand Slam Finals and the other events, International Opens among them.
Additionally, the two Grand Slam Finals will be covered on this blog and through a YouTube live stream on 3 and 4 December.