US$ 3.75 for the privilege to watch the best Latin dancing from an optimal vantage point at one of the most traditional venues in DanceSport during three months ... You would have paid nearly twentyfold, 74 € to be exact, had you chosen to come to the Beethoven Hall on the evening of 11 August.
The Vimeo on Demand coverage on the 2017 GrandSlam Latin Stuttgart includes the full-length quarterfinal as a bonus feature. 2017 GrandSlam Latin Stuttgart
As many who were in Stuttgart on 13 August, the day following the 2017 German Open Championships, probably know, the WDSF Sports Director, our colleague Tommy Shaughnessy, had to be taken to a hospital and submitted to emergency treatment there. The matter was serious and the luck of the Irish was certainly put to a test, but the fact that Dr Tim Rausche, the Vice-President of DanceSport Germany, and an ambulance crew were able to administer first aid right away helped to keep Tommy safe at all times.
Only a few hours after having been admitted and treated, he was back to being his usual self: as witty as ever! Now, four days later, he is getting ready to be discharged from the hospital and to fly back to Dublin. Both things are likely to happen on Friday 18 July.
He will, however, require more time to fully restore his health. And to do so, he will be taking a leave from his duties as Sports Director. This leave is of undetermined length. The WDSF General Secretary Nenad Jeftic temporarily assumes the role of Sports Director. He will be assisted by the WDSF First Vice-President for Sport, Shawn Tay.
WDSF kindly asks the DanceSport community at large to contact either Nenad or Shawn in all sporting matters - and to allow for Tommy to continue on his way to complete recovery.
Don't you worry, he will be back before you know it! Check his Facebook!
Yes, they have been dominating Standard since December 2015, winning all the titles and a majority of the GrandSlams over the past twenty months. Only one GrandSlam leg has eluded them so far: Stuttgart.
Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS, put themselves under a lot of pressure to claim this last missing piece to what should best be referred to as total dominance. After the Quickstep they knew they had it. And what a celebration they offered the public in the Beethoven Hall as well as the TV audiences in Germany.
Undefeated in Stuttgart for the past three years but runners-up in all four legs of the 2017 Series, Simone Segatori - Annette Sudol, GER, had first decided that they would not dance their home GrandSlam in 2017 and they that would use the time to train for the World Standard that is coming up in early September in Chengdu, CHN.
Only after they received numerous messages from fans who had bought their tickets for 11 August just to watch them dance in Stuttgart, did they reconsider and enter at the very last moment. True champions!
What's there to be said about the two Lithuanians who have been patiently waiting for their turn to move up an echelon or two on the GrandSlam podium? Well, Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite will have to wait some more. Ahead of them are four exceptional Standard dancers who are in the process of pushing one another to even higher levels of excellence. To slowly close the gap to them is already an achievement for Evaldas and Ieva. They seem to do just that - with every competition they dance against them.
Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS, have been in all GrandSlam finals they have danced since 2016 Stuttgart: a total of five, as they did not travel to Hong Kong at the beginning of July. What had been noticeable throughout the the twenty months that Evgeny and Dana have been dancing together was confirmed once more: their improvement is steady and doesn't appear to have a cap. In an interview with the two ahead of the GrandSlam Stuttgart, they both declared the title of World Champions to be their ultimate goal.
Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU, had made it onto the podium in the 2016 GrandSlam Stuttgart, claiming third place and their best ever GrandSlam result. Obviously, they had high hopes this year too, but with Zharkov - Kulikova returning to the floor at the Beethoven Hall, repeating as third was decedidedly more challenging.
They, too, danced very well and ended up in fifth place.
For the second consecutive year, Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin, GER, made it to the final of the GrandSlam Stuttgart. To get there, they had to leave Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova, RUS, behind and in the unfortunate seventh place after the semi-final. Alexey and Aanastasia made the last two GrandSlam finals of the 2017 Series - Wuhan in April and Hong Kong in early July - before they got married at the end of July.
Anton and Alena were billed as the representatives of Bavaria by the MC. They took it in strides and showed good dancing.