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  • 2016 GrandSlam STD Stuttgart on Vimeo

    We just released the two hours and thirty-two minutes that between them make up our comprehensive and high-quality coverage on the decisive stages of the 2016 GrandSlam Standard Stuttgart. They are all available through Vimeo on Demand: US$ 3.75 for a 90-day streaming period.

    25/08/2016 read more ...
  • Friday 26 August

    The post-production on the different elements making up the nearly three hours of video-on-demand coverage on the 2016 GrandSlam Standard Stuttgart will be completed today. They will all be released between today and tomorrow, 26 August!

    25/08/2016 read more ...
  • Exposure In The USA

    A six-part televsion series that WDSF produced on the 2015 GrandSlam will air on public broadcasting stations throughout the USA starting from 6 September. The joint venture between American Public Televsion, USA Dance and WDSF secures exposure for the WDSF brand DanceSport.

    24/08/2016 read more ...
  • Rock 'n' Roll's World Conquest 

    The World Rock 'n' Roll Confederation, an Associate Member of WDSF, reports visually on the drive to increase worldwide participation in its disciplines. It presents spectacular results on the Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll Expansion Project in countries on all five continents.  

    23/08/2016 read more ...
  • 2017 GrandSlam Helsinki Dates

    WDSF Sports Director Marco Sietas circulated a message to all National Member Bodies today, advising them that the dates for the first leg of the 2017 GrandSlam Series in Helsinki have been changed to 18 and 19 March.

    23/08/2016 read more ...
  • The Games Changer

    The 2016 Olympics have concluded and the principal stakeholders are in the process of making their post-games evaluations. There will be consensus on one matter: the consumption of coverage continues to shift away from normal TV.

    22/08/2016 read more ...
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New IDSF Juging System 15/12/2010

IDSF Judging System © Abe

It was the second time that the new IDSF Judging System was used in a Grand Slam Final. Last year, the feedback from athletes and officials was generally positive but called for further improvements to be made in certain areas.

The duration of the final, well over one hour in 2009, was considered far too long by the six couples who had to wait excessively between each of their solo dances. This has been remedied now, as a fast-paced conduct of the competition had the 30 dances completed and the results posted in all of 45 minutes. With the entire Grand Slam broadcast live around China, the decidedly more compact competition was also to the liking of the television producers.

Again, the new system produced results that are perfectly in line with those obtained through the traditional skating system. One only needs to look at the classifications of the recent World Standard and this Grand Slam: identical!

The closest fight in Wetzlar, GER, was certainly the one between Segatori – Sudol, GER, and Konovaltsev – Konovaltseva, RUS, for third place. If anything, the contest between the same couples got even closer in Shanghai: 220.14 versus 219.79. And this time the difference is perfectly quantified down to fractions in all the different Programme Components!