The members of the WDSF Communications team are wrapping up the production of the Vimeo on Demand programme on the 2017 GrandSlam Latin danced less than a week ago in Hong Kong. You can expect it to be available for streaming by midnight latest.
As always, the main programme will be made up of full-length final and semi-final, lots of interviews and backstage coverage. As was done on previous occasions, the full-length quarterfinal will be added as a bonus feauture to all those renting the 2017 GrandSlam Latin Hong Kong at a very fair US$ 3.75 for a three-month streaming period.
Fair? It's a bargain: more than two hours of Latin dancing by the world's best ... In order to be afforded the same views at the venue, you would have had to spend some 600 HK$ on tickets for the afternoon and evening sessions.
Ever since 1 November 2016, Russian dancers were without a national governing body holding membership with the World DanceSport Federation. If one looks at the results they obtained in international competition since then, the number of titles they won, they did alright on their own. But since 6 July 2017, the day when the WDSF Presidium voted to admit a new National Member Body, they should be able to count on institutional structures and governmental support once.
The "All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll" is the new Member Body of the World DanceSport Federation - provsionally and for the term of one year - 13 months after the expulsion of its predecessor, the Russian DanceSport Union.
Read the Press Release on the "All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll" and how it came into existence.
For some of the couples that competed in the 2017 GrandSlam Hong Kong over the past weekend the journey continues towards another event that stands to mark their careers. The two winners of the GrandSlam Hong Kong will remain in Asia through Saturday, teaching classes and taking part in an invitational, before they head back to Europe in time for the Latin and Standard competitions that are held only once every four years.
Next stop for Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova as well as for Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus (plus 44 Standard and Latin couples, 14 Rock 'n' Roll couples, 8 Salsa couples and 4 B-Boys ) will be in Wroclaw, POL, at The World Games 2017.
A WDSF Communications team will report extensively from the DanceSport events in Wroclaw. A live stream will be available on 28 and 29 July through the Olympic Channel.
The organiser of the traditional TAIPEI BBOY CITY event, B-Boy Bojin, will also run the "Breaking for Gold" Continental Qualifier for Asia and Oceania in December of this year. He recently passed by the WDSF headquarters in Lausanne and was told that no submissions had been received from Taiwan (more appropriately, using the proper denomination in the context of the Olympic Movement, from Chinese Taipei) so far.
Bojin took corrective measures today by inviting b-boys/girls from all over Taiwan to his HRC Kids studio in the capital Taipei.
There, the 15 - 17-year-old breakers were able to record their videos under the supervision of Bojin's staff. Looking at the photograph, there were quite a few who took advantage of Bojin's offer. The entire recording session was also streamed live on BBoy World.
Two premières were held concurrently with the 2017 GrandSlam Hong Kong: the WDSF Professional Division staged the first Asian Championships in Standard (Saturday 8 July) and in Latin (Saturday 9 July). PD Director and WDSF Presidium Member Verena Sulek commented: "The level is getting higher and higher in both sections and a few of the Asian professional couples are very close to the now where they can keep up with the best from Europe. We're expecting to see some of them dancing in the Super GrandPrix that is coming up during the Germand Open in Stuttgart this August."
Both Asian Championships were adjudicated with Judging System 3.0. The couples in the Latin final had even the "Kiss & Cry" moments added at the end of their two solo dances. And they handled them like real pros! Videos of the two finals will become available soon. Stay tuned.
We have just added about 30 photographs shot by Jason Chung to our gallery above!
The very best of the 2017 GrandSlam Hong Kong is scheduled to be released on Friday 14 July (Latin) and on Friday 21 July (Standard). 90-minute highlights covering the semi-final and the final of both disciplines! As a bonus, WDSF includes the quarterfinal as well for all those renting the programmes for a 90-day period at the fair rate of US$ 3.75 each. That is US$ 3.75 for more than two hours of the very best dancing in Latin and in Standard - including interviews and backstage coverage!
The members of the WDSF Communications team hope that they were able to keep you in the picture regarding the 2017 GrandSlam Hong Kong and also some of the other events that took place over the last four days at the QE II Stadium.
It was challenging this time to keep all the balls in the air, producing coverage not only on the GrandSlam but also on breaking and on the Asian Championship events. But the seasoned jugglers they are, they somehow pulled it off. More coverage will become available over the coming days; that is why this blog will remain active for quite some time.
Just now we received the first photographs taken of the GrandSlam Standard by our colleague Jason Chung yesterday. They are up in the gallery above. Many more photographs are still to come. The same applies to the videos: close to 100 have been uploaded already, some more will get added.
Dmitry Zharkov - Olga Kulikova, RUS, win the GrandSlam Standard Hong Kong for the first time ever and with a career-high total of 198.25 points (!). Runners-up are Simone Segatori - Annette Sudol, GER, whose three-time winning streak in Hong Kong has come to an end. The third place goes to Lithuanians Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, who seem to be drawing closer to the two dominant couples with every competition.
We have seen a dramatic final with all six couples inspired to dazzle the crowd with their brilliant dancing.