There were altogether four competitions that the "Live from Stuttgart" blog focused on.
Between all four competitions, visitors to this blog were - and will be - able to enjoy the following coverage.
144 clips recorded by Ferran Castanyer of individual couples dancing in the early rounds were posted on the WDSF YouTube channel and here.
556 photographs taken by Dr Helmut Roland were added to the Gallery.
Four 90-minute programmes on the semi-final and final rounds produced between WDSF Communications and host broadcasters Schawa TV or SWR were (will be) made available through the WDSF on-demand service.
We definitely managed to up the benchmark for total coverage again. Its quality should be better than ever before. And now it's up to you to signal whether you want us to continue this way by watching our four highlights through the WDSF on-demand service.
The members of the WDSF Communications team returned home late last night after exhausting nine days of working very hard at the German Open Championships. And some after ten hours spent on tollways covering the roughly 1,200 km between Stuttgart and northeastern Spain!
As the picture on the left shows impressively, they were very much running on empty by the time they crossed the French-Spanish border at La Jonquera.
Over the coming days, we will bring you an in-depth post-event analysis of everything that happened at the WDSF PD GrandPrix and at the WDSF GrandSlams held in Stuttgart ... as well as a summary of their respective impact on our website and YouTube and Vimeo channels.
One win each in this year's GrandSlam Series went to the account of Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS, and, Simone Segatori - Annette Sudol, GER, already. The last time that the two couples faced off against each other was in an Open in Singapore back in June. Dmitry and OLga kept the upper hand there. But on two previous occasion - in the European Championship and in the GrandSlam Hong Kong - Simone and Annette claimed victory.
In any case, tension is building up here in Stuttgart - just minutes away from the quarterfinal.
The final will be broadcast live on SWR. The programme starts with a look back at yesterday's Latin and the Boogie Woogie final. You may watch either on air or online.
One week from today, WDSF will release its 90-minute programme with the complete semi-final and final through its on-demand service DanceSport Total Plus.
The second programme offered by WDSF through the new fee-based on-demand service DanceSport Total Plus will be available from 18:00 UTC/GMT today. Here is THE FINAL TRAILER ...
Two years ago, Andrey Zaytsev won the GrandSlam in Stuttgart together with former partner Anna Kuzminskaya. In 2014 he returns to the floor at the Beethoven Hall with his new partner Elizaveta Cherevichnaya – and as a rookie professional.
In the WDSF PD Super GrandPrix Latin he goes up against 59 couples. Among them are Martino Zanibellato and Michelle Abildtrup, the current PD World Champions. Even though the two had never beaten Andrey prior to turning professional last year, they are the favourites here and now. Are they really?
An 84-minute programme of the semi-final and final of the 2014 WDSF PD Super GrandPrix Latin is available exclusively through DanceSport Total Plus. On demand at US$ 2.95!
It's the fifth and final day of the German Open Championships in Stuttgart. The organisers have just held their press conference and announced that the event saw its figures increase further in many areas, from overall participation to the number of pages called up on the GOC website.
Saturday is GrandSlam Standard day and the organisers have sold out all tickets for the Beethoven Hall a few weeks back. There is a reason for that! For the last years Germany always had very competitive couples in this particular competition. Benedetto Ferruggia - Claudia Koehler won it five times. Now it's up to their heirs apparent, Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol, to try to esnure that the black-red-gold flag is raised and the German anthem played during the awards presentation.
Watch coverage on the early rounds on our YouTube channel DanceSport Total.
Watch the final live on air or through the stream of the host broadcaster SWR.
Then watch the full-length semi-final and final (plus much more) through our on-demand service on Vimeo.
Even though the outcome was again predicatble, the public at the Beethoven Hall enjoyed every second of the 2014 GrandSlam Latin Stuttgart final late last night. An inspired Aniello Langella - Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA, were awarded a few 10s by the panel of adjudicators and made it their GrandSlam victory number 13. Runners-up were Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno, RUS, ahead of the local favourites.
Fourth-placed Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova, FRA, received a standing ovation from the spectators for their Paso Doble. Russians Andrey Kiselev - Anastasia Kiseleva and Yury Simachev - Anastasia Klokotova were placed fifth and sixth respectively.
Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, MDA, who placed second in the first two legs of the 2014 Series, did not dance.
Watch the semi-final and final of the 2014 GrandSlam Latin Stuttgart for US$ 2.95 through our on-demand service
Our website was down for several hours last night. This has led to the full GrandSlam results not yet being available. We look to remedy that right way.
We have informed you about the new modus operandi in the publication of our videos throughout the week, but let's repeat one more time that ...
Videos of the earlier rounds, in the case of today's GrandSlam Latin from the first to the fifth, will get published on YouTube and on this blog. Watch for the most recent uploads right here.
The semi-final and final - produced by the host brodcaster SWR and with graphics, commentary and more added by WDSF Communications - will eventually be available through our new fee-based on-demand service on Vimeo.
Traditional adjudicating was used through round five, but from the quarterfinal onward all judging is done with System 2.1. The 12-strong panel takes a frontrow seat on one side of the floor and awards points from 1 to 10, i.e. from poor to outstanding, for the four Components that are assessed by 3 adjudicators each.
The objective of the recent Adjudicators' Congress here in Stuttgart was to "calibrate" the way the scale is applied properly between 6 and 10. Some of the adjudicators on tonight's panel attended. Will they, as was suggested, award fewer 10s than we have seen in the first two legs of the GrandSlam? Or will we see more perfect dancing by the finalists? We will soon find out!
WDSF Sports Director Marco Sietas met with about 25 athletes at the Maritim Hall in Stuttgart, GER, earlier this afternoon.
This was the second meeting that was scheduled during the German Championships. Topics were the Judging System 2.1 and the Competition Rules. - all covered in a very casual roundtable discussion.
Round 2 Jive: the two couples fighting it out for the win in yesterday's PD Super GrandPrix Latin met in one corner of the floor: Zanibellato vs. Zaytsev ... And eventually Evgeny Stepanov - Alexandra Pakhmutova, RUS, who ended up in third, joined in the action too.
The 2014 WDSF PD Super GrandPrix Latin lived up to everyone's high expectations - and then some ... In the end, Martino Zanibellato and Michelle Abildtrup, DEN, were the deserving winners - but only by a margin of less than one point. In the last two dances the Danes and runners-up Andrey Zaytsev - Elizaveta Cherevichnaya, RUS, were tied for first.
More videos of rounds one and two of the WDSF PD Super GrandPrix Latin are found at DanceSport Total (YouTube). The full-length semi-final and final will be available from Sunday 16 August through DanceSport Total plus (Vimeo).
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