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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 ...

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  • 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.

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  • 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 Standing unopposed after the other two candidates had withdrawn, Giovanni Costantino was elected by acclamation.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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An Apology 19/12/2013

2013 GS Final Standard © Goetz A great GrandSlam Final it was that ended on Sunday 15 December with the announcement of the winners in Standard.

Superb dancing in the final round had been rewarded with a record number of points by the panel of adjudicators. And the final results were as tight as they can get after the lead had swayed back and forth from one dance to the next.

When the actual runners-up, Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol, were erroneously announced as the winners – and the actual 2013 GrandSlam Champions, Emanuel Valeri and Tania Kehlet, were left flabbergasted in the line-up of finalists – all of the above continued to hold true.

A human error can cause dismay – and this one certainly did so too. We can only imagine the emotional roller coaster that both couples were put on by hearing – or not – their names after the Master of Ceremony announced: “And the winners are …” Only to have these same emotions reversed moments later!

The World DanceSport Federation wishes to reiterate in public its apology to the two couples and thank them for the impeccable attitude that they have shown in the face of the unfortunate incident.

zsCraUN-Wy0|Valeri - Kehlet, DEN | 2013 GS Final STD Winners' ITV
aMSJ6ZWcrp0|Segatori - Sudol, GER | 2013 GS Final STD Runners-Up ITV