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  • The Night of The Legends

    It was awards night at Sportel yesterday. The best television images and the best books in sports were recognised by juries made up of outstanding athletes, true sports legends, who assigned the 12 prizes to the winners. And then it was the turn of Peter, Gabi and Anna ...

    26/10/2016 read more ...
  • Gabi And Anna @ Sportel

    Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, two-time World Champions in the Latin American dances, visit Monaco and Sportel 2016, the Sports Marketing and Media Convention, on 25 October. There they showcase top-level DanceSport.

    24/10/2016 read more ...
  • New President For FIDS

    The Italian DanceSport Federation FIDS held its ordinary Elective General Meeeting on Saturday 22 October in Rome. Standing unopposed after the other two candidates had withdrawn, Giovanni Costantino was elected by acclamation.

    24/10/2016 read more ...
  • Combat Competition Manipulation | White Paper

    The members of the Presidential Task Force to Combat Competition Manipulation in DanceSport publish a "White Paper" that should serve as the basis to their discussions on and their efforts in improving integrity in DanceSport.

    22/10/2016 read more ...
  • Better Late Than Never

    At long last, the WDSF Communications team releases the second of its "My Very Best 2015" programmes: the Latin Edition. To say that it is merely a compilation of the very best Latin dancing during 2015 doesn't do it justice! It's more: it shows you the human side of it all!

    21/10/2016 read more ...
  • 2016 World Formation Standard

    The WDSF Sports Director advises the Member Bodies that the 2016 World DanceSport Championship Standard Formation will take place in Pécs, HUN, on 4 December. Another major event saved in less than one week!

    21/10/2016 read more ...

A Long-Standing Tradition 15/05/2014

2014 Rimini International Open STD © ds 22 years ago the 1st "Rimini Open" took place in the well known and very popular holiday resort of Rimini, ITA. Luisa and Giancarlo Barbieri organised the event with all their enthusiasm and personal efforts. That is why it became one of the most popular competitions over the years. 

But suddenly, in 2012, we could no longer find the Rimini Open in the WDSF Competition Calendar. Luisa told us that due to personal reasons it became necessary to set other priorities. Normally that is the last you hear of a discontinued competition. But not if someone is as dedicated to DanceSport as Luisa and Giancarlo. In 2012 they handed over the responsibility to their ambitious students Fabio Selmi, Roberto Borelli and Federico Fillippone. The three took over and are now aasuming all responsibility for the organisation. Of course the "Barbieris" continue as the "helping hands" in the background.

The event schedule comprised 16 competitions altogether. The International Opens in Standard and Latin were the main events.  An overall entry of 1000 couples in international and national competitions proved once more how popular the Rimini Open is. Sometimes it is difficult for an organiser to plan and organise the schedule. Doubled entries in some categories in comparison to the previous year made the adjudicators' job hard and long.

The International Open Standard took place on Saturday and showed very high level dancing. Winners were Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova (photo above). Check the sesults section!

Heidi Goetz