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  • No Visa, No World Gathering 

    We start our reporting about the World Latin and the two World Championships in Showdance with what are bad news indeed. Visa issuance has unfortunately been an issue for some who had planned to be in Chengdu, CHN, this weekend. 

    22/09/2016 read more ...
  • With A View To Chengdu

    Only a few more days until the 2016 World Latin and the two World Championships ShowDance get underway in Chengdu, CHN. The upcoming weekend, 24 and 25 September, will be taken up by three events that you are able to follow from the comfort of your home.

    20/09/2016 read more ...
  • I Am A Refugee

    We start into a week that will be concluded by two World Championships ShowDance with a look back at the winning performance in Saturday's WDSF PD European Latin ShowDance in Sibus, ROU: Kathrin Menzinger and Vadim Garbuzov, AUT, as "Refugees."

    19/09/2016 read more ...
  • A Long Time Coming

    If there ever was a project that fell behind the power curve, it must be this one: Standard and Latin versions of MY VERY BEST 2015 were supposed to be released on DVD in May. Nearly five months later we are proud to offer the two compilations through Vimeo on Demand.

    16/09/2016 read more ...
  • Across The USA

    The six-part "World DanceSport GrandSlam Series" that was produced by WDSF and USA Dance has started to air across the U.S. Public broadcasting stations in nearly all major markets show the programmes during primetime hours.

    16/09/2016 read more ...
  • The Perfect Ten

    Canadians Anton Belayev and Antoaneta Popova, who just started their rookie year as professionals, win all ten dances of the 2016 PD World Cup Ten Dance in Bratislava, SVK. Heidi Goetz reports about their exploit in the first PD competition.

    15/09/2016 read more ...
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Ice Dancing in 2014 Sochi 17/02/2014

Ice Dancing © IOC Ice Dance has been on the Olympic Programme since 1976, the year it premiered at the Winter Games in Innsbuck, AUT.

In its current format, the competition is divided into the Short Dance and the Free Dance. In Sochi, the latter is scheduled for today (from 15:00 UTC/GMT).

In the Free Dance, teams are free to choose their own rhythms, programme themes, and therefore music. While creativity is strongly encouraged, the dancers are also required to include certain elements in their free dances: step sequences, lifts, dance spins, and multi-rotation turns called "twizzles." Free dances are four minutes long and usually include multiple music cuts and tempi that help bring variety to the routine. Often teams strive to skate in difficult or unusual positions to gain difficulty points.

The judging of Ice Dance is done with a system that has inspired the WDSF Judging System 2.0, but that considers a Technical Elements Score in addition to the Programme Components Score.

After yesterday's short dance, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, USA, are in first and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, CAN, in second place. And that is not entirely without controversy!