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    The second of the three WDSF Continental Qualifiers for BAYOG is coming up. Around 150 b-boys/girls from Africa and Europe will travel to Essen to take a shot at qualifying for the breaking events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

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  • World Boogie Woogie Formation

    Eight Boogie Woogie formations contested the world title in Marseille, FRA. The six which made it to the final tell their stories with impressive routines, great music and colourful attires. Watch them in the 30-minute highlight.

    18/10/2017 read more ...
  • Storytelling

    In Marseille, FRA, the WDSF Communications team experimented with a new format for its coverage on DanceSport: the storytelling clip! Here is one of them: Edlund siblings from Sweden explain the passion for Boogie and Bug.

    17/10/2017 read more ...
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    If you are up for renewal of your Athlete's ID Card, you will be among the first to get the smartphone-based e-Card from today. Eventually, each and every one of the nearly 50,000 dancers in the WDSF competition system will get it.

    02/10/2017 read more ...
  • Digitally You

    B-Boy Kicks from Greece is one of the very first dancers who is issued the new WDSF e-Card. It takes the place of the plastic Athlete's ID Card from October 2017, serving the exact same purposes - but digitally through a smartphone. 

    29/09/2017 read more ...
  • Korean Day In Ashgabat

    On the second day of the DanceSport competitions at the 2017 Ashgabat Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games it was Korea that dominated the field, winning three gold medals in the Latin dances. China and Khyrgystan won one each ... 

    28/09/2017 read more ...
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Figure Skating | Another View 09/03/2013

Ice Skating The ISU Judging System (aka Code of Points or the International Judging System) is the scoring system used to judge the figure skating disciplines of men's and ladies' singles, pair skating, ice dancing, etc.

The system was designed and implemented - since 2004 - by the International Skating Union (ISU), the sport's governing body, and is used in all international ISU competitions. It was created in response to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics' figure skating scandal in an attempt to make the judging more objective and less vulnerable to abuse. (source: Wikipedia)

One comment on the WDSF Judging System 2.0 makes reference to the ISU system by describing it as follows.

Lots of numbers that make no sense until one gets the printed protocols, that alienate casual fans and take forever to appear on screen.

The same comment also questions whether the ISU system ultimately brought the desired changes to the judging of figure skating.

No, it hasn't improved judging transparency, pre-judging, feedback, or made the final results any more user-friendly for skating. It has only made all programmes tend to look alike to rack up points - because clean but simple moves don't get rewarded. 

Achieving perfection is an evolutionary process. That applies as much to skating (dancing) as it does to designing fair and transparent systems for the evaluation of an artistic and sporting performance. The Judging System 2.0 should exemplify such a process as much as daringly new and difficult moves shown in a skater's routine. Clean and simple is okay. Difficult while still clean should be better - at least in sports. 

WDSF has used its "New Judging System" since 2009 in GrandSlam finals. The five Component Scores  and the totals were not only posted within 10 seconds after the end of each dance, they also seemed to make sense to experts as well as casual fans (click here). And the Judging System 2.0 only seeks to improve on that further.