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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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SportAccord Report II 09/04/2014

SportAccord 2014 There are quite a few women athletes to be met at SportAccord. Here you have Charmaine Crooks, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Alessia Trost - former and current world champions in athletics - taking a selfie with IAAF President Lamine Diack.

Today was a little less stressful as the Annual General Meetings for IWGA, ARISF and the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) were all held yesterday. This allowed Eva and I to enjoy a coffee outside in the 20º weather at the Sussei Hotel.

An afterthought on the IMGA meeting: there was a thorough presentation of the World Masters Games in 2017 in Auckland, NZL. This sounds to be a fantastic event. Carlos and Lukas are doing their very best to ensure Dancesport’s participation in New Zealand in three years' time. We look forward to following the progress.  

Today we had the possibility of sitting in on part of the General Meeting of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations - ASOIF - which gave a good idea of what it means to be at the very heart of the Olympic Movement. It was both interesting and educational.

Through talking with some International Olympic Committee members, Eva and I were pleased to hear on behalf of DanceSport that the mixed gender sports which the IOC tried in the Sochi Winter Olympics were a huge success. This should help give even more appeal to our sport, where mixed gender is as commonplace as it gets.

The SportAccord opening ceremony took place in the main auditorium where they had built up a lovely stage. The speeches were held by Ugur Erdener, President of the Turkish National Olympic Committee, by Thomas Bach, IOC President, and by Marius Viser, President of Sport Accord.
They were followed by a show of Turkish dancers who gave their rendition of the Mediterranean Sun. This was a nice cultural experience.