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  • Dancing 200 Days From Today

    The 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, KOR, concluded last night with a ceremony featuring much dancing. Again! In October, the Olympic family will meet in Buenos Aires, ARG, when the dancing will be for medals!

    19/03/2018 read more ...
  • The In-Depth Interview

    Two bonus features are added to the Vimeo on Deman highlights packages we produce on the GrandSlams and the televised championships. The quarterfinal is the first and an interview with one of the ccouples the is the second.

    19/03/2018 read more ...
  • 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 ...

Brazil, Chile ... 14/11/2012

Blanca Ribas Turon continues her report on DanceSport in South America. This is the second part, the first part can be accessed here

DanceSport in Brazil and Chile

South American Championship The next country that followed was Brazil. Of course, I had my working stint there coincide  "accidentally" with the carnival period. I was particularly happy that Marcos Eduardo da Costa took part in my workshops. He is a gifted Samba dancer in one of the biggest Samba schools in Sao Paulo. Thus I was able to do my workshops in the huge Samba school of “Império de Casa Verde” and I was invited to participate at the last pre-carnival trainings.

It goes without saying that I went to the competition at the Sambadrome to support “my” school with passion. During my time in Brazil, I thought it would also be worth celebrating carnival in the Sambadrome of Rio de Janeiro with thousands of dancing Samba fans. What an experience! We celebrated until the early hours of the morning in an amazing atmosphere!

After this Samba frenzy my journey led me back to the south of the continent, to Santiago de Chile. There many young couples were waiting for me and I could see that the popularity of DanceSport was boosted temporarily because of a TV show similar to “Dancing with the Stars.” However, the participants competing in Chile’s version were more interested in losing weight – according to the show’s motto “Dance Yourself Slim!” – than anything else. The show turned out to be not very successful with the audiences and was soon cancelled. I just hope that the DanceSport will remain popular, because what I saw convinced me. In 2012, Alfredo Araya and Viviana Diaz represented their country for the first time at the Senior World Championship in Belgium.

After Chile I went north along the Andes to Peru. In Lima it happened to me at last. Almost normal for the people living there, it was my premiere: early in the morning I experienced my first earthquake! At first I wondered why my bed was moving. But when I saw the lamp was also swinging, I instantly knew. It was quite a strong quake with 6.3 on the Richter scale. Three years earlier the Peruvian DanceSport scene had been shaken up too. Despite of it the number of dancing couples is on an increase and – as I was glad to discover – all ten dances are performed with great enthusiasm.

To be continued!