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  • Change At The Top

    After serving two years, WDSF President Lukas Hinder resigns to bring the constituent parties closer together in how they interpret dance as sport. After a tranisitionary period, First Vice-President Shawn Tay will succeed him.

    18/06/2018 read more ...
  • On The Olympic Channel

    IOC President Thomas Bach made reference to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between WDSF and the Olympic Channel just hours prior to "We dance TOGETHER," the DanceSport documentary, premiering there.

    17/06/2018 read more ...
  • At The End of Day One

    A gala dinner brought the first day of the 2018 General Meeting in Lausanne to a conclusion. In a short speech and pre-dinner toast, WDSF President Lukas Hinder took a brief look at a day he considered to be truly remarkable.

    17/06/2018 read more ...
  • The President's Hour

    The nearly 200 delegates and observers to the 2018 General Meeting who had gathered at the auditorium of the Lausanne Olympic Museum were able to listen to a highly inspirational speech by the IOC President Dr Thomas Bach.

    16/06/2018 read more ...
  • Do Your Dance

    The delegates to the 2018 General Meeting in Lausanne, SUI, will get to watch parts of the "We dance TOGETHER" documentary as interludes during tomorrow's Gala Dinner Dinner at the Royal Savoy Hotel. You can watch too!

    15/06/2018 read more ...
  • Presidium Meeting Starts

    The Presidium Meeting preceding the 2018 General Meeting starts at the House of International Sports in Lausanne, SUI. GAISF President and IOC Executive Board Member Patrick Baumann addresses the meeting.

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The 2014 METU Open 04/11/2014

METU Open "DanceSport in Turkey gives a strong sign of life and activity," writes Heidi Goetz about the recent METU Open in Ankara. Here is her full report.

The competition is run meanwhile since 13 years. In 2009 it became a WDSF Ranking competition.The startlist and the steadily increasing number of participants prove, that METU Open is a very popular event.

In the World Open Latin we saw an entry of 81 couples out of 24 nations. Of course there was quite a number of couples which are rather new in DanceSport and try to experience their skills and talents, but in the 24 there was high level dancing shown.
Clear and easy winners were Charles Guillaume Schmit and Elena Salikhova, France.

Thank goes to the organizers Goktug Karacalioglu and Özgün Ça─člar Ersoy and their team. With a large crowd of volunteers taking care of officials and athletes everyone got the feeling of being welcome and enjoyed the great hospitality.

The interest in DanceSport was also well documented in the number of sponsors which is of extraordinay importance for every organizer. The event took place in Ankara in one of the biggest University areas - Middle East Technical University - METU. Most of the volunteers are students there. It's their first contact with DanceSport and for some of the the initiative to start a dancing career.

Report: Heidi Goetz | Photos: Elif Buzlupinar