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  • Ten Years of Professional Dancing in WDSF

    On the occasion of the 2017 PD World Standard in Prague, CZE, the community took a look back at the first ten years of WDSF PD and its predecessor organisation, celebrating together with some of the biggest names in dance.

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  • PD World Champions Standard

    Benedetto Ferruggia and Claudia Koehler, GER, won their second world title as professionals. First and second runners-up were Donatas Vezelis - Lina Chatkeviciute, LTU, and Bjorn Bisch - Ashli Williamson, DEN, respectively.

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  • Don't Miss This!

    History was made at the 2017 World Standard in Chengdu, CHN. Russians Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova equalled the three titles of four legendary couples. Germans Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol moved on to the PD.

    15/09/2017 read more ...
  • Double The Honours

    Four years ago, Vice-President James "Jim" Fraser was awarded the "Caring Canadian" in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations tied to DanceSport. Now he is honoured with the "Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers."

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  • Lesotho | Two Years Later

    Eva Bartunkova and Petr Bartunek report on another visit to Lesotho which served to promote DanceSport on the "Dark Continent." Couples from Estonia, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland danced in the first WDSF Lesotho Open. 

    08/09/2017 read more ...
  • Live from Bratislava, SVK

    Live streams will be available on the 2017 European Youth Standard - today, 8 September - and the 2017 World Junior II Standard - tomorrow, 9 September. Both are held in Brtaislava as part of the Slovak Open Championship. Enjoy! 

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Zoran Plohl - Tatsiana Lahvinovich, CRO 11/12/2011

Zoran Plohl - Tatsiana Lahvinovich, CRO © Roland Zoran and Tatsiana had very carefully selected the time and the place for what was to be their last win in an outstanding career as “Amateurs”. They chose to end their best year ever in the very place where they started out as a couple twelve years earlier. It had to be Maribor, SLO.

In fact, it was the organiser of the Maribor Open, Branko Bohak, who brought the two together. After he had seen Tatsiana dance at a tournament in the Czech Republic, he suggested that she and Zoran and should pair up. Tatsiana, the Belarus Ten Dance Champion at the time, did not take long to consider the option and travelled to Slovenia without having seen Zoran ever before.

After training with Alenka and Branko Bohak, for all but three weeks, the newly formed couple won the Slovenian Ten Dance Championship and placed third in Latin. With a fourth place in the European Ten Dance – also held in Maribor, where else – their quest for excellence got off to a very promising start at the international level too.

Zoran and Tatsiana eventually decided to focus on Latin only. They moved from Maribor to Ljubljana and teamed up with another Slovenian trainer, Latin specialist Barbara Ambroz. The rest is history: the European and World Latin titles this year had them attain their most ambitious goal.

And as they had told WDSF Communications in an interview after their win at the World Latin in Singapore, they now made an official announcement about their competitive future. Zoran and Tatsiana have decided that they would dance in the WDSF Professional Division from now.

Throughout their career it was Natasa Ambroz who gave them advice and support at all times. She was considered their “Slovenian Mama” – since Tatsiana’s parents live in Belarus – and she was obviously party to this important career decision too.

 

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