It is the 42nd edition of a World Championship in DanceSport's decathlon that gets contested in Marseille FRA. The first edition was held back in 1959, but there were a few hiatuses when none was held. For the records, Bjorn Bitsch and Ashli Williamson are the World Champions with most titles to their names: four and won consecutively between 2010 and 2013 ... They just got their fifth world title in Professional Ten Dance last night, after turning pro not even a full month ago.
Of all the 36 couples that have entered this year there is none with a title to their credit. Last year's World Champions Jaak Vainomaa – Taina Savikurki, FIN, separated immediately following their win in Vienna, AUT. There is a couple with a recent (2017) European title - Dumitru Doga - Sarah Ertmer, GER - as well as European Champions (2016) who did not even make it to Marseille: Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova. And then we have a few couples that have been on or near the podium for a number of years already. Seniority in this category have Daniil Ulanov - Kateryna Isakovych, CYP, and Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova, CAN, are the juniors.
So here you have it, we dropped a few names of dancers who could be ending up on the highest echelon and who could be crowned as the 43rd WDSF World Champions in what is - without a doubt - DanceSport's most physically taxing event. Whoever makes it to the top will have danced 40 times . They will have changed between Standard and Latin attires four times.
Watch it all through a 7-camera production in High Definition covering the decisive stages of the 2017 World Ten Dance. Below is the romotional reel for the Vimeo on Demand programme. It should be available by 17 October from our VoD platform. US$ 3.75 for 3-month streaming.