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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.

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 Standing unopposed after the other two candidates had withdrawn, Giovanni Costantino was elected by acclamation.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

    The 2016 World Champions Latin, Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, MDA, will be present at this year's SPORTEL convention in Monaco and showcase DanceSport to the leaders in the sports marketing and media industry.

    19/10/2016 read more ...

Bjoern Bitsch and Ashli Williamson, DEN 11/04/2011

2011 IDSF European Ten Dance © Roland

The current World Ten Dance Champions, Bjoern Bitsch and Ashli Williamson, DEN, faced another injury setback in Saturday's final of the IDSF European.

Remember Wetzlar! Bjoern Bitsch was one of the dancers that saw his performance cut short by a "slip and fall" on the parquet of the Rittal Arena. He dislocated his knee cap on the occasion!

In Moscow, as Bjoern was dancing the solo Jive, he also stopped cold in his tracks - this time it appeared to be the calf - and had to retire temporarily. Even though he was able to return for the group Jive a few minutes later, Bjoern was victim once more of an injury that kept him from going the full distance in the final of the European.

For whatever reason, his injury did not make headlines, it did not even get mentions, in any of the reports coming out of the Druzhba Sports Hall.

Could it be that in DanceSport - unlike in all other sports - an injury to an athlete is never made a topic? That it is a taboo?

Whether the cramp (or whatever else happened to Bjoern's calf) was of any significance to the final results or not should not be the issue. That a World Champion was unable to complete a dance, that medical personnel had to aid him off the floor ... All that is part of the nature of a sport that is as physically demanding as this one, particularly in the DanceSport "decathlon," and should be addressed with reasonable prominence in each and every report on a memorable European.

A good thing that the cameras of InterDance captured the moment of Team Denmark's misfortune!