It was a triumphant day for Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno (RUS) who came to Paris, wow’d the French crowd and won their fourth European Championship title, the third one in a row. As being also the first qualifying event for Latin, they took a strong lead in the ranking for the World Games 2021. The French crowd appreciated the Russians as the cheers for them were just as loud as they were for the French, Charles-Guillaume Schmitt – Elena Salikhova when they entered the dance floor at Stade Pierre de Coubertin for the first time on the first heat of the first round.
In the final, Armen and Svetlana didn’t give a chance for the other couples, scoring the highest points in each of the five dances. Jive turned out to be the best for them as they scored 39.000, their highest scores in the competition. Behind them were the two German couples, Marius-Andrei Balan – Khrystyna Moshenska, who won silver and Timur Imametdinov – Nina Bezzubova, who won the bronze. The loudest chants were, however, directed to Charles-Guillaume Schmitt – Elena Salikhova (FRA), who ranked fourth. The couple had many family members and friends on site, and as they started supporting the rest of the crowd joined them in full. Andrea Silvestri – Martina Varadi (HUN) ranked fifth and Edgar Marcos Borjas – Alina Nowak (POL) completed the final and ranked sixth.
The reigning Champions renewed their title also in Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll as Alexey Kondrashin – Darina Kozlova (RUS) took home the title of the 2019 WRRC European Championship Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll Main Class Free Style. The couple ranked third in foot technique but scored well enough in the acrobatics to gain the highest total scores. The runners-up represented Russian Federation as well, and the President of FDSARR Ms. Nadezhda Erastova had a pleasure to congratulate Konstantin Samoylov - Anastasia Gusarova (RUS) for the silver and Ivan Kudryashov – Margarita Charkovskaya (RUS) for their bronze medals.
The joint event with Latin and Rock’n’Roll turned out to be a great learning experience, not only for the spectators but also for the couples, as they were mingling backstage, talking to each other and asking questions about their disciplines. Standard and Latin couples were amazed by the acrobatics, saying the performances gave goosebumps. And vice versa. They all recognized the hard work behind the scenes, which seems invisible for the spectators. The dedication of the couples for DanceSport was also mentioned by Mrs. Miriam Kerpak-Izan, the President of WRRC, and Mr. Charles Ferreira, the President of FFD, on their opening speeches as they congratulated the couples for being there at the European Championships.
WDSF World Open Standard was the third highlight of the Saturday in Paris. Madis Abel – Aleksandra Galkina (EST) secured the win with a margin of 3.247 points over the runners-up, Vadim Shurin – Anastasia Meshkova (LAT). Pasquale Farina - Sofie Koborg (DEN) ranked third. On Sunday, the WDSF International Open Latin was won by Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova (CAN). Sutu George - Tereza Florova (CZE) ranked second and Egor Kondratenko - Mie Lincke Funch (DEN) ranked third.
At the same time in Bari, Italy, the WDSF International Open Latin on Friday was won by Giacomo Lazzarini - Michelle Nazarenus (BIH) and the WDSF International Open Standard on Saturday by Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova (RUS).
Congratulations to the Champions, runners-up and the finalists!
The final of the 2019 WRRC Acrobatic Rock'n'Roll Main Class Free Style was thrilling, loud and interesting. Many couples of the WDSF World Open Standard and WDSF European Championship Latin stayed to watch the incredible acrobatic moves by these couples. Among them, words like "goosebumbs" or "amazing" or "exciting" were heard.
The final result:
1. Alexey Kondrashin - Darina Kozlova (RUS)
2. Konstantin Samoylov - Anastasia Gusarova (RUS)
3. Ivan Kudryashov - Margarita Charkovskaya (RUS)
4. Tobias Bludau - Michelle Uhl (GER)
5. Nikita Shevalkin - Anastasia Yuryeva (RUS)
6. Romain Ricoux - Amelie Galvez (FRA)
7. Nicolas Kuran-Pellegatta - Noemi Kuran-Pellegatta (SUI)
Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno (RUS) have been winning a competition after another for some time now, and the trend continued also in Paris. Previously the couple has won the European title in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and now they wrote another page on the history books by securing their fourth European Championship title.
The final result:
1. Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno, RUS
2. Marius-Andrei Balan - Khyrstyna Moshenska, GER
3. Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova, GER
4. Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova, FRA
5. Andrea Silvestri - Martina Varadi, HUN
6. Edgar Marcos Borjas - Alina Nowak, POL
We are some 45 minutes behind schedule at the moment, due to some technical problems earlier.
The WDSF World Open Standard final is running and it will be followed by the European Championship Latin, and the day will be concluded with the European Championship Acrobatic Rock'n'Roll.
Meanwhile, take a look at the photos and videos which we have already uploaded to this blog. Also, many videos have been uploaded to our DanceSportTotal YouTube channel.
The semifinals were LOUD and the hall is boiling hot!
The six couples dancing for the 2019 European Latin title are:
13 Marius and Khrystyna
18 Edgar and Alina
34 Timur and Nina
57 Charles-Guillaume and Elena
59 Andrea and Martina
67 Armen and Svetlana
The seven couples dancing for the 2019 European Acrobatic Rock'n'Roll title are:
18 Romain and Amelie
19 Tobias and Michelle
25 Alexey and Darina
27 Konstantin and Anastasia
28 Nikita and Anastasia
29 Ivan and Margarita
33 Nicolas and Noemi
The Opening Ceremony of the 2019 WDSF European Championship Latin and the 2019 WRRC European Championship Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll Main Class Free Style gathered the couples on the floor for an official ceremony of the two Championships.
The WDSF General Secretary, Mr. Nenad Jeftic in his opening speech reminded everyone of the hard work and dedication of the couples, which is shown on the dance floor.
”Nowadays DanceSport is well recognized as a sport for all ages, but to bring one couple to a high level of performance it takes a lot of hard work and effort. The dedication and hard work are seen on the floor. I really hope that we all understand how difficult it is and how hard these athletes, beautiful young people, are working.
Please allow me to express my gratitude to the FFD, which has made France a great host to the best competing couples and making the event a success. They again give us a good opportunity to feel and recognize a true spirit of DanceSport through the combination of two entirely different styles – Latin-American and Acrobatic Rock’n’Roll.
What would be more tempting venue for organizing this joint event with a showcase of Breaking than this hall, named after the father of the Olympic Games, Monsieur Pierre de Coubertin.”
The Saturday night in Paris has turned to the semifinal stage of the both European Championships.
The 2019 WRRC European Championship Acrobatic Rock'n'Roll Main Class Free Style semifinal at 19:50 CET:
12 IVOKÝ Marek - RICHTROVÁ Lenka (CZE)
18 RICOUX Romain - GALVEZ Amélie (FRA)
19 BLUDAU Tobias - UHL Michelle (GER)
20 LEHR Christian - GOTTSCHALL Vanessa (GER)
21 GARTMEIER Christian - GENTNER Anja (GER)
25 KONDRASHIN Alexey - KOZLOVA Darina (RUS)
26 ERSHOV Mikhail - ZINCHENKO Maria (RUS)
27 SAMOYLOV Konstantin - GUSAROVA Anastasia (RUS)
28 SHEVALKIN Nikita - YURYEVA Anastasia (RUS)
29 KUDRYASHOV Ivan - CHARKOVSKAYA Margarita (RUS)
33 KURAN-PELLEGATTA Nicolas - KURAN-PELLEGATTA Noëmi (SUI)
34 BELLUZZO Romain - PROBST Viviane (SUI)
The 2019 European Championship Latin semifinal at 20:10 CET:
10 Anton Aldaev - Natalia Polukhina (RUS)
13 Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska (GER)
18 Edgar Marcos Borjas - Alina Nowak (POL)
20 Malthe Brinch Rohde - Sandra Sorensen (DEN)
23 Vito Coppola - Oona Oinas (ITA)
33 Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova (EST)
34 Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova (GER)
50 Paul Moldovan - Cristina Tatar (ROU)
51 Guillem Pascual - Rosa Carne (ESP)
57 Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova (FRA)
59 Andrea Silvesti - Martina Varadi (HUN)
63 George Sutu - Tereza Florova (CZE)
67 Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno (RUS)
The second round is over. Somewhere between the heats we had a really short talk with Marius-Andrei Balan (GER), who was taking a good care of his water bottle and waiting for his heat to begin in a few moments.
"The competition has been really nice. A lot of public on the second round, the music is much better than on the first round. Until now there was a great atmosphere. A great experience."
There are 11 countries, which have both two couples dancing the quarterfinal. In addition, three countries have one of their representatives proceeded to the next round, making it altogether a 25-couple quarterfinal.
The 2019 WDSF European Championship Latin will be streamed live at FloDance. The quarterfinal is scheduled to begin at 18:00 CET, the semifinal at 20:10 and the final at 21:35 CET.