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Armen and Svetlana, and the lucky number 13

Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno (RUS) at 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Rimini © Egli

The intense Sunday evening in Rimini marked the 13th GrandSlam win for Armen Tsaturyan – Svetlana Gudyno (RUS). The winners smiled when they said they were feeling good during the whole day. Svetlana emphasized the meaning of a good practice session, which they managed to schedule perfectly before the competition. ”You have many things to improve and these last practices are so important. And preparing for competitions is so important.” They were able to bring the fine tuning from the practice floor to the competition floor and it made the couple’s day special. ”It felt easy this time”, Armen said. And they did it in such a great way, scoring close to the maximum (40) in every dance, including the incredible 39.75 in Samba.

The best of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Latin Rimini final was, however and without a doubt, the Rumba. The couples, the spectators, and even some of the officials agreed saying it was the best round of the competition. The runners-up from Germany, Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska commented right after the final, saying ”For the feeling, Rumba was fantastic!” Khrystyna emphasized she loved the music in the final.

Just like on Saturday, the couples appreciated the support of the Italian crowd. Nina Bezzubova, who ranked third with her couple Timur Imametdinov, commented by saying ”These five rounds went very quickly and very easily. The public was amazing, they are always good, and the organisation is also nice. It was good. We feel good!” Khrystyna Moshenska agreed ”The audience, like always in Italy, is fantastic, they are very open, they support all the couples. I enjoyed.”

Timur Imametdinov agreed, too, and said it was a good competition. He would have preferred a bit longer breaks between rounds, as just like on Saturday in GrandSlam Standard the next round started exactly 20 minutes after the previous round. On the other hand, Nina and Khrystyna agreed with the Standard couples the day before, saying the rounds and the competition went quickly. Svetlana said she thought the schedule was clever. ”During the first rounds there was time between dances, and on the other hand there was a longer break before the semifinal.” Armen concluded the discussion saying that as long as the schedule is out beforehand the couples can mentally prepare for it.

Perhaps the happiest faces of all finalist couples after the competition were on the faces of Jakub Lipowski and Diandra-Aniela Illes (POL), who reached the GrandSlam final for the first time and ranked sixth. ”It’s a dream come true”, Jakub said. ”I always wanted to dance in a GrandSlam final. And today it happened. So I’m really, extremely happy!” The moment when the couple found out they were proceeding to the final round made their heads spin. ”He was screaming from 20 metres: ”We are still dancing! We are still dancing!” And I had to put myself to a chair and I didn’t know how to react, I felt like a baby, like a small baby. It was unbelievable”, Diandra-Aniela described.

These are the big and small moments which define DanceSport in a way we all can relate to. Jakub and Diandra-Aniela had been watching the videos, talking with the coaches and dreaming of making it one day. And they made it on Sunday! We couldn’t be happier for them!

Overall, the third leg of the GrandSlam Series in Rimini was accompanied with the Mediterranean colours, easygoing, and, of course, top level sports from the best couples of the world. GrandSlam Latin with the superb athleticism of the couples, and emotions combined with music thrills and excites people around the world. GrandSlam Standard couples continue to amaze us time after time with such power, energy and flow, combined with beauty, harmony and aesthetics. It is so easy to love Standard and Latin dancing. And the more we follow these worldclass acts on and off the dance floor, the more we understand why!