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Rise Like A Phoenix 02/11/2014

2014 PD European Latin Show Dance One month after the World Championship Latin Show Dance in Ostrava, CZE, the professionals determine their European Champions in Dresden, GER. Martin Pastor reports:

What a WDSF weekend! 3 WDSF and 2 WDSF PD Championships and many other WDSF and PD competitions around the World! So the organisers, DTV PD Germany and Tassilo and Sabine Lax could actually be happy that 11 PD Showdance couples showed up at this great, well organized gala event at the Congress Center Dresden.

In front of the fantastic audience the undisputable winners were Vadim Garbuzov - Kathrin Menzinger from Austria with their self choreographed show Rise Like a Phoenix, the former Vice Champions of the PD World Show Dance Latin in Ostrava and of the PD European Show Dance Standard in Vienna. We can imagine how happy they were this time.

The silver medal went to Germany very clearly. Marius Cristian Iepure - Otlile Mabuse presented a very rhythmical and inspiring show named Long Way to Freedom (Mandela) choreograph Ton Greten.

Bronze medallists with a very modern self choreographed show called New Dimension were Radim Pradka and Katerina Kolmanova from Czech Republic in very sophisticated costumes.
Very close to the medal were Tamás Gellai - Darya Vorobchenko , Hungary with their show Hope of the Bridge, also choreographed by themselves. Fifth were Ivan Kudashev and Kseniia Sokolova, Russian Federation with the Show choreographed by Vlad Pavlov, named Sleep Sugar. This excellent final was rounded up with the sixth place for Valerij Osadchenko and Sandra Kniazeviciute, Lithuania, with their self choreographed show Ediction.

Performances of all 11 couples were at the high level but unfortunately, 80% of the shows had tragic subjects and the characteristics of the Latin Dances was not always recognisable.