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The Era of Evaldas and Ieva Has Begun 12 May 2019 10:46

Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite (LTU) | 2019 WDSF European Championship Standard

The Saturday evening didn’t leave anyone feeling cold. Salaspils Sports Hall was warm not only physically, giving everyone the first glimpse of the upcoming summer, but also in spirit, as the era of Evaldas and Ieva as title holders took the first step forward. The stands were full and everyone was enjoying the event, just like the couples did, from the first round onwards. We saw how the top couples improved their performances on every round towards the end.

After the quarterfinals, the chairperson said the margins were really small. And as we look at the results, they were! A margin of 0.002 points in scores defined who made it through to the semifinal, and who didn’t. Dmitri Kolobov and Signe Busk (DEN), who ranked 13th, commented: ”The difference was practically zero. There could have been 13 couples in the semifinal. But anyway, despite the unlucky number 13, we are happy with our performance. We managed to improve our dancing throughout the whole competition. The result gives us motivation and pushes us forward.”

At the semifinal, the chants were getting louder and louder as the twelve couples in two heats shared the floor. The two Latvian couples received the loudest cheers, but it seemed like all the couples were warmly supported. This was also noted by the 2019 WDSF European Cup Latin winners, Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova (EST), who thanked the crowd for supporting every couple on the floor. Of course, due to the short distances, there were many groups of people who had travelled from Lithuania and Estonia, the neighbouring countries, to Latvia to make some noise and to join in creating the full atmosphere.

The six couples of the final filled the floor with their presence. While watching the results develop and seeing Evaldas and Ieva getting scores over 39 points in every dance, it was pretty soon clear that the successors of Dmitry and Olga, now former European Champions, would come from Lithuania. Three couples improved their scores from semifinal, Evaldas and Ieva being one of them.

Silver medals were presented to the Italians, Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini, who were happy to brighten the colour of their medals from 2018. They said they feel like they are on the right path towards reaching their goals. The bronze medals were presented to the smiling Russian couple Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna, who said they were really enjoying dancing in front of a such a crowd.

Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite have been dominating the first part of the year in Standard. Their winning streak includes an International Open, three World Opens, GrandSlam Bucharest, and now the European Championship. As all top three couples are heading to the GrandSlam Taipei in the beginning of June, we will surely see a rematch of Saturday and the first leg of the GrandSlam Series.

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The New European Standard Champions 11 May 2019 20:25

2019 European Championship Standard R1 | © Helmut Roland

Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite (LTU) continued their winning streak in 2019 as they took home the 2019 WDSF European Championship Standard title. After the scores of the last dance were shown on screen the couple stayed on the floor and hugged each other for a while.

The results:

1. Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
2. Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
3. Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
4. Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
5. Evgeny Nikitin - Anastasia Miliutina, RUS
6. Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST

Congratulations to the European Champions, medalists and all the finalists!

Gorodilov - Bergmannova are the new European Cup Latin title winners 11 May 2019 20:06

The 2019 WDSF European Cup Latin | Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova, EST

The reigning Ten Dance World Champions, Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova (EST) won another title as they secured a win at the 2019 WDSF European Cup Latin in Salaspils.

The couple congratulated the organiser and thanked the spectators for a huge support during the day. We will see them next time in Paris, at the 2019 WDSF European Championship Latin, in two weeks.

Here are the full results:

1. Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova, EST
2. Maxim Elfimov - Evgenia Churikova, RUS
3. Vito Coppola - Oona Oinas, ITA
4. Jokubas Venckus - Migle Klupsaite, LTU
5. Zsolt Sandor Cseke - Malika Dzumaev, GER
6. Maksym Kravchenko - Paula Kukute, LAT

Congratulations to all couples!

The 2019 European Championship Standard finalists 11 May 2019 18:49

2019 European Championship Standard R1 | © Helmut Roland

Such an exciting evening in Salaspils! The couples were amazing at the semifinal, and we, and the spectators have a lot to look forward to at the final.

The six couples in the final are:
11 Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST
23 Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
31 Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
41 Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
43 Evgeny Nikitin - Anastasia Miliutina, RUS
57 Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU

European Cup Latin finalists 11 May 2019 18:21

2019 European Cup Latin R1 | © Helmut Roland

The six finalist couples dancing for the 2019 WDSF European Cup title are:

13 Vito Coppola - Oona Oinas, ITA
14 Zsolt Sandor Cseke - Malika Dzumaev, GER
17 Maxim Elfimov - Evgenia Churikova, RUS
23 Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova, EST
28 Maksym Kravchenko - Paula Kukute, LAT
35 Jokubas Venckus - Migle Klupsaite, LTU

The heat is on!!!

European Championship Standard semifinalists 11 May 2019 17:05

2019 European Championship Standard R1 | © Helmut Roland

The twelve semifinalist couples for the 2019 WDSF European Championship Standard are:

11 Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST
18 Rares Cojoc - Andreea Matei, ROU
20 Pasquale Farina - Sofie Koborg, DEN
23 Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
31 Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
34 Edgars Linis - Eliza Ancane, LAT
41 Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
42 Dariusz Mycka  - Madara Freiberga, POL
43 Evgeny Nikitin - Anastasia Miliutina, RUS
53 Vadim Shurin - Anastasia Meshkova, LAT
56 Anton Skuratov - Alena Uehlin, GER
57 Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU

The chairperson informed us that the competition is so tight that the couple who ranked 12th at the querterfinal had only 0.002 points margin to the couple, who was ranked 13th and left outside the semifinal!


European Cup Latin semifinalists 11 May 2019 16:49

2019 European Cup Latin R1 | © Helmut Roland

Here are the twelve couples proceeding to the semifinal of 2019 European Cup Latin:

13 Vito Coppola - Oona Oinas, ITA
14 Zsolt Sandor Cseke - Malika Dzumaev, GER
17 Maxim Elfimov - Evgenia Churikova, RUS
18 Lucas Felici - Stella Galvez, FRA
20 Tomas Gal - Sabina Karaskova, CZE
22 Erekle Girgvliani - Lele Khutsishvili, GEO
23 Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova, EST
27 Alexey Korobchenko - Liana Odikadze, ISR
28 Maksym Kravchenko - Paula Kukute, LAT
31 Mihai-Vlad Paraschiv - Irina Elena Tudorache, ROU
35 Jokubas Venckus - Migle Klupsaite, LTU
36 Grzegorz Zmokly - Madgalena Abramowicz, POL

Live on FloDance 11 May 2019 16:21

Live on FloDance

We are live and it looks amazing! 

The European Cup Latin quarterfinalists are dancing their Rumba in three heats at the moment, and in a short while we will be able to report the names and numbers of the twelve couples proceeding to the semifinal.

You can still join us at: http://bit.ly/2VW1DAe

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