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  • Friday Release: GrandSlam Latin Helsinki

    The highlight programme of the 2018 GrandSlam Latin Helsinki is available. Again, it is an entire package that awaits you: the main programme covering semi and final, the bonus quarterfinal and an interview with Marius and Khrys.

    16/03/2018 read more ...
  • The Latin Final In Brno

    It was with the five Latin dances that the 2018 European Champions in Ten Dance conquered their title. Here is the full-length final as it was recorded by our colleague Helmut Roland, who also did the still photography in Brno.

    14/03/2018 read more ...
  • More Ten Dance

    A live webcast on the 2018 European DanceSport Championship Ten Dance came out of Brno, CZE, already. Nevertheless, our recordings of both finals should be appreciated too. Here is the Standard Final in full length.

    13/03/2018 read more ...
  • 2018 European Ten Dance

    A complaint reached us that the 2018 European Championship Ten Dance did not receive the exposure it deserves through this website. If any of the dancers should feel that way too, we would certainly want to apologise.

    13/03/2018 read more ...
  • Another Bonus Feature

    An in-depth interview with one of the top couples is added as the second bonus feature to the Vimeo on Demand package produced on each leg of the GrandSlam Series. Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU, go first!

    12/03/2018 read more ...
  • 2018 GrandSlam STD Helsinki

    It is Friday and the first Vimeo on Demand programme of the GrandSlam Series 2018 gets released. The Standard competition danced last Saturday had everything everyone expected: great performances - and even some drama!

    09/03/2018 read more ...

Anti-Doping I 11/09/2012

Anti-Doping © Reinhard Egli

In addition to publishing Pitt-Alexander’s first-hand account of how he, partner Natalia and three other couples submitted to the routines of a doping control after the Swiss Championship, raised several important points.

“Doping controls are being made in DanceSport since 2003 for Latin, Standard and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The annual reports of the WDSF Anti-Doping Commission reflect ten positive cases in ten years.”

That may seem a small number at first glance. One positive per year – against several thousands of athletes dancing in top-tier competitions around the world every weekend! One could be led to believe that doping is virtually non-existent in DanceSport.

If, on the other hand, the actual number of annual tests carried out by WDSF, National Member Bodies, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the National Anti-Doping Organisations is brought into the equation, the ratio of one-per-year positives is no longer flattering. An average of 100 tests and 1 positive: 1%! While DanceSport’s ratio is better than that of cycling (2005: 3.78% positives) or athletics (2005: 1.67% positives), there is plenty of room for improvement.