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The Perfect Ten 01 December 2019 21:12

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Six couples showing their best, five dances in the final, standing ovations, and a Perfect Ten. Even though the semifinal already pushed the couples to show their best, the final did it again, pushing them to a whole another level.

The Lithuanian spectators had very high hopes for the final, and they showed it by waving the flags and cheering very loudly. The big group of Italian supporters had their own flags and own corner on the stands, and the Russian and Estonian fans their own ones, making the roar continue from the first beat of the first dance until the very end of the prize presentation ceremony. The atmosphere was very special, thanks to the full house and the live band, and the amazing performances by the six couples.

The final of the World Championship had three emotional highlights. The home town couple, Vaidotas Lacitis – Veronika Golodneva (LTU) finished their amateur career with an amazing Quickstep earning them their best scores of the day. With standing ovations lasting several minutes, the spectators expressed their appreciation for the couple. An emotional farewell speech was heard later at a special ceremony during the prize presentation, which made the couple and the spectators hold back their tears.

When the scores of Quickstep were shown for Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite (LTU), the roar filled the Siemens Arena. Evaldas and Ieva had received increasing scores dance after another, and in Quickstep the Adjudicator panel awarded them ten points for Choreography and Presentation. At that moment, the entire Siemens Arena was standing, clapping, roaring, and some were even in tears, because they saw what they came to see: their own couple winning the World title.

With that Perfect Ten sealing the World Championship title for Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite, they will now start their full reign in Standard dancing. It is the era of Evaldas and Ieva.

”It is the best day in our career. I don’t think we fully understand what we have reached, and what we became. Did we do it? Are we already the winners?” they said after the prize presentation ceremonies, still feeling a bit unreal and shaky. They appreciated and thanked the Lithuanian DanceSport Federation for preparing everything in such tiptop condition for the competitors.

The silver medalists, Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini (ITA) gave a huge credit to their supporters. ”We are happy about our performance, and we have to say thank you so much for our supporters, who have seen us from when we were very young. They have followed our career and they continue to come to the events, and we are very proud of them. We feel more energy, and it is a pleasure to dance for them!” The couple also said they are hoping to give them a present next year, referring to the colour of their medal.

”Wow,” was the first thing the bronze medalists, Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna (RUS) said about the competition. ”This place was amazing, with full of people, great support. Just wow!” The couple was very happy and had plans to celebrate their bronze medals.

The fourth place was awarded to Vaidotas Lacitis – Veronika Golodneva (LTU), the fifth place to Alexey Glukhov – Anastasia Glazunova (RUS), and the Estonians Madis Abel – Aleksandra Galkina ranked the sixth.

After such a wonderful evening in Vilnius, and all the celebrations by the couples, it doesn’t take so long before heading to the next event, the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Series Final. It takes place in Shanghai (CHN) next week with the top twelve couples on the GrandSlam Ranking List. It will be the time for the Shanghai Showdown!

The New World Champions 30 November 2019 21:19

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We have a new reign! Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite continued their amazing year and they won the 2019 WDSF World Championship Standard in Vilnius in front of a very loud Lithuanian crowd. Standing ovations were earned with their last Quickstep, which the Adjudicator panel evaluated worth 39.71 points in scores.

The final standings:
1. Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
2. Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
3. Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
4. Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
5. Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova, RUS
6. Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST

Congratulations!

The final six 30 November 2019 20:05

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The six couples still in the running to become the new World Champions are:

10 Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST
26 Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
28 Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova, RUS
43 Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
55 Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
77 Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU

One of these six will earn the title of the 2019 World Standard Champions. Who will it be? We will find out soon.

If you haven't signed in at DanceSportTotal.com, it would now be a perfect time for it! The electrifying final of the WDSF World Open Latin is running and the final of the World Championship Standard begins immediately after it.


The WDSF World Open final 30 November 2019 19:53

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There is also another competition running at the same time with the World Championship Standard, and it is the WDSF World Open Latin.

The six finalists for the World Open are:

92 Vinzenz Doerlitz - Albena Daskalova, GER
99 Ayan Zhumatayev - Ekaterina Panteleeva, KAZ
102 Artyom Liaskovsky - Ksenia Zaputriaeva, ISR
106 George Sutu - Tereza Florova, CZE
113 Dmitry Kulebakin - Daria Sviridenko, RUS
124 Anton Aldaev - Natalia Polukhina, RUS

Their final will start in about ten minutes, right after the semifinal of the World Championship!

Getting ready for the semifinal 30 November 2019 18:18

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The Opening Ceremonies included the Opening Parade, Athletes' and Adjudicators' Oaths, welcoming speeches and a special moment celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Lithuanian DanceSport Federation. Congratulations for the Federation!

There were also two dance numbers, first the wonderful Lithuanian National dance „Till morning“, and after that one an energetic Breaking show.

The quarterfinal kicked-off in front of a live band and a full house about ten minutes behind schedule. But it was worth a wait as the couples have been really showing their best performances tonight!

The semifinal will be really something with these 12 couples:

10 Madis Abel - Aleksandra Galkina, EST
23 Tomas Fainsil - Violetta Posmetnaya, GER
26 Francesco Galuppo - Debora Pacini, ITA
28 Alexey Glukhov - Anastasia Glazunova, RUS
36 Qiu Yuming - Wei Liying, CHN
42 Dmitri Kolobov - Signe Busk, DEN
43 Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva, LTU
48 Edgars Linis - Eliza Ancane, LAT
51 Rares Cojoc - Andreea Matei, ROU
55 Evgeny Moshenin - Dana Spitsyna, RUS
77 Evaldas Sodeika - Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
81 Vadim Shurin - Anastasia Meshkova, LAT




The quarterfinal next 30 November 2019 16:12

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The second round has passed and after a break we are ready to go live on DanceSportTotal.com. The live band has just finished tuning their instruments, and the dancers of the opening numbers are having one last run on the floor.

The evening programme will begin in half an hour, at 19:00 local time. After the opening ceremonies it will be time for the 2019 WDSF World Championship Standard quarterfinal and the WDSF World Open Latin semifinal.

Tune in to DanceSportTotal.com, and keep commenting on Twitter with a hashtag #worldstdlive.

The first round is running 30 November 2019 12:08

The first round

The first round of the 2019 WDSF World Championship Standard is running with 77 couples dancing in 8 heats.

36 couples will proceed directly to the second round. 41 couples will have another chance through the redance round to earn their spot at top 48, which is the 1/8 final.

All the couples are looking beautiful today and demonstrating power and elegance on the floor. It will be a wonderful evening in Vilnius!

The sunny World Championship morning 30 November 2019 08:27

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After a grey and rainy Friday, the Championship day has come, and so has sunshine! The temperature outside is close to 0 degrees, but the temperature indoors at Siemens Arena will soon rise as the World Championship couples are about to take the buses and enter the arena.

The couples will start their warm-up at noon, and the first round starts at 13:00 local time.

Yesterday during the interview we found out that it will be the last competition in amateurs for Vaidotas Lacitis - Veronika Golodneva (LTU) today. They explained that ending this stage of their career after the World Championship in their home town was a good way to do it. "We will see what life will bring for us!"

The couple will continue their career in the WDSF Professional Division, and there are already some competitions planned. No need to say good bye then, but only to turn a new page, and write a new chapter in their career!

But, before that, we have a lot of stuff coming up. All is set for the first rounds, and videos and photos will start rolling in from round one onwards. We have also planned a new way for the DanceSport Community to be interactive, in Twitter, during the livestream. Feel free to comment and follow other members' comments using hashtag #worldstdlive.

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