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Recap of the Weekend 30/06/2019

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The four-day event in Sochi (RUS) had five disciplines included in the schedule. The event kicked off with Breaking, continued with Standard and Latin, and ended with Rock’n’Roll and Boogie Woogie. The Olympic Park was buzzing from Wednesday to Saturday with all the fantastic dancers and their entourages mingling with each other and enjoying the fantastic setting.

The fourth leg of the WRRC World Cup Series in Boogie Woogie Main Class had 16 couples on the starting list. Sondre Olsen Bye – Tatiana Georgiievska (NOR) won the event, Juho Päivinen – Mari Munne (FIN) made it to the silver medals, and Serhii Andriiko – Khrystyna Nimenko (UKR) ranked third. The other World Cup winners were Anton Graßl – Magdalena Schmid (GER) in Boogie Woogie Juniors, Miha Cesnovar – Paulina Horvat-Zeilhofer (SLO) in Rock’n’Roll Juniors, Heorhii Tahaibai – Yelyzaveta Kaverina (UKR) in Rock’n’Roll Juveniles, and Dmytro Potaman – Amaliya Kryklyva (UKR) in Rock’n’Roll Children.

WDSF World Open Standard was competed on Friday. Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna (RUS) continued their successful year by winning the event over their fellow Russians Alexey Glukhov – Anastasia Glazunova and Evgeny Sveridonov – Angelina Barkova. WDSF World Open Latin on Saturday had also familiar names on the podium as Armen Tsaturyan – Svetlana Gudyno (RUS) won the event, Andrey Gusev – Vera Bondareva (RUS) ranked second and Anton Aldaev – Natalia Polukhina (RUS) ranked third.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans (USA) six couples were dancing WDSF Senior I Open Smooth, adding another DanceSport discipline to the weekend, and making it total of six different styles on the menu. Rodney Berry – Shannon Berry (USA) dominated the competition over Mike Shelton – Daneen Shelton (USA) who ranked second, and Patrick Datoc – Antoinette Datoic (USA) who ranked third. In WDSF Open Standard and Latin competitions the winners were Gokturk Yurtyapan – Asli Yurtyapan (USA) in Senior I and Senior II Standard, Yusuf Mihaylov – Elena Simonova (USA) in Senior III Standard, and Khuong Pham – Arlene Yu (USA) in Senior II and Senior III Latin.

Kavala (GRE) hosted WDSF International Open Latin. Out of 36 couples, the winners were Alexey Dolgushin – Ksenia Piatakhina (RUS). Nikolaos Karoglou – Polyvia Moschou (GRE) won the WDSF Youth Open Latin, Erik Heer – Juliane Engelke (GER) won the WDSF Under 21 Open Latin, Artem Zhuravlev – Polina Akimova (RUS) dominated the WDSF Open Standard, and Artti Oskar Maasik – Mileene Varik (EST) won the WDSF Youth Open Standard.

In Minsk (BLR). the WDSF Under 21 Open Standard and Latin had the same winners as Aleksandr Tishuk – Katsiaryna Shibeko (BLR) had registered for both competitions and won them both convincingly by winning all dances in the finals of both disciplines. The Minsk event had also DSE Children Grand Prix on the schedule, making the event a festival of the youngest of dancers.

The summer heat wave continues, and so does the DanceSport Summer of 2019. Next weekend there will be a three-day event in Wuppertal (GER) with WDSF World Open Standard and Latin, and WDSF Open for all age groups from Under 21 to Senior IV. Batumi (GEO) hosts WDSF International Open Latin on Sunday, and WDSF Open Ten Dance and WDSF Youth Open Latin on Saturday.

And, only a week after that, the third leg of the 2019 GrandSlam Series takes place in Rimini (ITA), where the superstars will meet again, bringing the heat to a yet another level.