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The First Championship of the Year 07/02/2019

Renato Sibillo - Anna Cartini (ITA) | © Helmut Roland

These couples have been dancing for decades. Some have started as Juveniles or Juniors, and some of them might have become interested in DanceSport and competing during the adult age. Nevertheless, they represent perfectly the fact that dancing is for everyone, not only for the young and the restless. These couples demonstrate good health, balance, coordination and stamina, which will be necessary to complete the six-round competition day. Seven-round, if redance is included.

There are 185 couples on the starting list representing 18 countries. There is an impressive number of 72 couples representing Italy and 50 couples representing Germany. Five of the six finalists of 2018 are on the starting list and only four couples of the semifinalists of 2018 are missing.

The reigning World Champions, Renato Sibillo – Anna Cartini (ITA) ended their year in November with a double win while their runners-up of the 2018 Worlds, and current number ones on the World Ranking List, Luciano Ceruti – Rosa Nuccia Cappello (ITA) had three more competitions in 2018 – and they won them all! The bronze medalists of 2018, Vittorio Guida – Fortuna Canta (ITA) started their competition year already in Benidorm, where they ranked third.

For many of the couples this is the first competition of the year. There are also some new couples, who have moved from Senior 3 to Senior 4 category, and among these youngsters there just might be some surprises to look forward to.

It might be pretty safe to say that these couples on the dance floor on Friday have been dancing on the same path for years and there are friendships involved which will last a life time. And this is one of the best aspects of watching the Senior age groups: you just can’t help noticing such calmness and confidence of these couples, only which comes with life experiences. It brings out the power in them. That is something the future talents can not show to the audience.