USA Dance, the WDSF Member Body for the United States of America, will have a live feed of the 2013 National Championships in Los Angeles produced by Paradigm Digital and made available from its website www.usadance.org on 5, 6 and 7 April.
The webcasts start at 19:00 Pacific Time (UTC/GMT - 7 hours) on all three days. WDSF Communications will continue to remind you of the schedules over the coming days and - provided it can be arranged - embed a player on this website too. For the moment, here is the promo for the Nationals taking place at JW Marriott in L.A.
Some expected it to happen in Cambrils already - and it didn't. But this time we are certain that the European Latin pitches Aniello Langella and Khrystyna Moshenska, ITA, against Andrey Zaytsev and Anna Kuzminskaya, RUS, in a rematch for the title.
In the course of 2012, Andrey and Anna won three out of three GrandSlams where they went up against Aniello and Khrystyna. But the Italian couple kept the upper hand in the European and the World Championship.
Last weekend it was Cambrils, a resort town on the Costa Daurada in northeastern Spain, this time it is Krasnodar, a city not too far from the Black Sea coast in the south of Russia, and the common denominator is top-level DanceSport to Latin sounds ...
After the GrandSlam in Cambrils, many of the couples you saw excel there on Sunday are currently on their way to Russia where they will contest the European Latin title tomorrow at the Krasnodar Basketball Hall.
WDSF Communications team members Helmut Roland and Ferran Castañer are travelling there as well to bring you extensive coverage on this European DanceSport Championship. A dedicated blog will go up here later today. For the time being, Ferran sent some photographs of his travelling companions taken just minutes ago at the Vienna airport.
From the quarterfinal in Cambrils, the 24 couples were no longer compared with one another, they were all indivdiually graded on an absolute scale from 1 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding). The 12 adjudicators, working in 4 randomly composed groups of 3 for a particular dance, assigned grades from 1 to 10, with 0.5 fractions permissible, to a couple for each Component.
Technical Quality (TQ), Movement to Music (MM), Partnering Skills (PS) and Choreography and Presentation (CP) are the components that allow for the five dances to be evaluated in terms of their technical as well as their artistic merits.
The scores for each couple, total or broken down by components for the solos, were posted immediately after every dance. A set of graphics allowed the public at the venue and the television audiences at home to appreciate the outcome of the particular dance, each virtually a competition in itself, merely seconds after the performance.
Sitting in front of a touch-screen terminal, every WDSF Adjudicator had between 15 (quarterfinal) and 60 (final, for a solo) seconds per couple to produce his or her grade for one single component.
In the end, the verdict of every Adjudicator can be traced in considerable detail through the table of scores for the quarterfinal, semi-final and final.
The proverbial "tempora mutantur" (times are changing) held true when it comes to what happend over the past weekend in Cambrils, ESP. The premiere of the Judging System 2.0 did certainly not go unnoticed. Thousands of spectators at the venue and a television audience in the millions had front row seats to the first outing of a novel concept in the adjudicating of DanceSport. A new judging system had been in use since 2009, but when 'new' suddenly became '2.0', the future seemed to have arrived at last.
From the very first round, and still using the comparison-based marking, the WDSF Adjudicators for the 2013 GrandSlam Cambrils produced live results that anyone was able to look at from anywhere, immediately after the Chairman declared them official. From computers or smartphones, starting lists for the subsequent round as well as the standing of those couples not continuing in the competition became available through the result section of the WDSF website.
This is what WDSF Communications wrote in 2010 - in that year's report to the General Assembly.
Results could be published instantly, through affordable technology, provided they are all kept in determined formats. Something that is clearly not yet the case, with the standardisation of scrutineering software being a far removed concept. As long as couples have to gather around a hard copy printout – taped to a wall at the venue – in order to check whether they made the second round, a fair amount of work remains to be done.
They should ultimately be able to consult their smartphones to find out, and to get their marks instantly if they did not advance ...
For your continued entertainment pleasures: the "Semi-Final Reel" of the 2013 WDSF GrandSlam Latin in Cambrils, ESP!
The 12 semi-finalists perform the Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive in this excerpt of the broadcast that aired live on 31 March on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Asia during primetime hours. The two finals are still to come ...
The first "Semi-Final Final Reel" is off the render and upload queue and ready for you to enjoy as a full HD stream. Great DanceSport by the 12 semi-finalists performing all five dances at the 2013 WDSF GrandSlam Standard in Cambrils, ESP. This is only part of the broadcast that was produced by HIGHVIDEO PRODUCTIONs and that aired live on Eurosport during primetime hours (Central European Time) on Saturday 30 March.
The second reel, with the semi-final of the GrandSlam Latin, is still being worked on.
It will take us even more time, but little by little we are catching up with the backlog of videos and photos we had after the weekend in Cambrils. Earlier today we have uploaded some 200 photographs that our colleague Helmut Roland took of the two GrandSlams in Spain. Check the Gallery!
We have also added a few more videos to the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total. Between today and tomorrow our editor Ferran Castañer will complete editing the "Semi-Final Reel" for both competitions. We are far from done yet with Cambrils ... And Krasnodar, RUS, with the European Latin next weekend is coming up next. Stay tuned it!