It was over a month ago that the international elite in the Standard dances had gathered in Wuhan, CHN, to contest the fourth leg of the GrandSlam Series 2014. Couples had travelled from far and wide to be there.
Now, as we look at the starting list of the Moscow leg, we find a number of couples that came all the way from Asia. Great! But we come up short when we start looking for couples we had expected to be here. Mostly because they had told us so in Wuhan.
This will be the second-biggest GrandSlam Standard of the year. Pending final confirmation at the start of the first round, the total number of entries stands at 255. However, a top-level competition series can ill afford to have some of its "stars" missing at one leg.
Our cameraman Ferran Castanyer is recording couples from the first round. As we did in Stuttgart and Wuhan, we will upload as many clips as possible of the early rounds to YouTube and produce the semi-final and final for our video-on-demand service DanceSport Total Plus.
The 2014 edition of Dance Accord started on Saturday 19 October and has been going strong ever since. National competitions were the mainstay until now, but today's GrandSlam Standard adds the international dimension to an event that impresses by the number of entries, by the size of its venue, and by the infrastructure that the Russian DanceSport Union puts in place for the ten days of DanceSport in Moscow.
The Dance Accord programme through Sunday includes other competitions of the highest international category. The 2014 World Championship Youth Latin concurs with the decisive stages of the GrandSlam Standard tomorrow. The GrandSlam Latin and a WDSF PD GrandPrix Latin will bring Dance Accord to a conclusion on 26 October.
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