Exactly one month after the memorable GrandSlam in Stuttgart, GER, quite a few of the couples dancing in the Latin and Standard there have travelled to China for the fourth leg of the 2014 Series. Not to the capital Beijing as last year, but to Wuhan, a city located in the easternmost part of Central China.
Another group of highly dedicated professionals has also undertaken the long journey on the Silk Road: the members of the WDSF Communications team. Over the next few days, through 14 September, they will report in their trademark "nearly real time" style from the GrandSlam competitions that are staged at the Wuhan Sports Centre arena. The "Live from Wuhan" blog will take up the homepage during this period.
Aside from the blogging, the team will also work with the host broadcaster to produce an international signal on the decisive stages of the GrandSlam. This signal will again be available through the WDSF video-on-demand service. Earlier rounds through YouTube!
Go to the "Live from Wuhan" blog here.
The 2014 GrandSlam Standard Wuhan final lived up to the highest expectations of all those who appreciate DanceSport performed as close to perfection as is achievable, those who rally for their favourite couple, and those who generally appreciate a tight fight on the floor. Last night's final had it all.
Maybe the scores weren't as high as one month ago in Stuttgart, but the winners saw three 10s going up after three different dances. Cheering was very liberally dispensed by spectators who seemed to support all finalists in a fairly equitable ratio. And when the smoke of the battle had dispersed after the fifth dance, a Quickstep, the margin of victory was a mere 1.27 points ... Look at the final results here!
Our congratulations go to the winners, the runners-up and the other finalists who made this GrandSlam another showcase for the brand of DanceSport that WDSF stands for. And we can't wait to see all couples return to the floor during the last regular leg of the 2014 Series: see you in Moscow on 24 October ...