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DSS Champions: 2019 Chicago DanceSport Championship NQE
DSS Champions: 2019 Chicago DanceSport Championship NQE

Our DSS instructors, Igor Golovach and Michelle-Angela Blank just scored another win this past October 25th at the 2019 Chicago DanceSport Challenge!

Latin Showdance World Championship Finalists: Igor Golovach & Michelle-Angela Blank
Latin Showdance World Championship Finalists: Igor Golovach & Michelle-Angela Blank

On the 14th of December, 2019, the Team USA duo performed a showdance titled "Fear", which portrayed Igor as Pennywise the Clown and Michelle as Georgie from the famed movie IT. The main idea of this show was to explain that if you do not battle your own fears, they will come and get you. What an unbelievable adventure performing in the Kremlin Palace of Moscow, Russia! Not only was the hall packed with spectators, but the event was live-streamed as well on YouTube for the entire world to join in. Family and friends gathered in support to watch from all over the world and could not hold back their enthusiasm as the couple made the final and then placed in 5th!

The First GrandSlam Final of Lipowski and Illes: 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Latin - Rimini
The First GrandSlam Final of Lipowski and Illes: 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Latin - Rimini

And things keep changing! The 3rd GrandSlam of the WDSF calendar year has officially concluded here in Rimini, Italy and we found ourselves face to face with some intriguing occurrences!

Another Win for Lithuania - 2019 GrandSlam Standard Rimini
Another Win for Lithuania - 2019 GrandSlam Standard Rimini

We are in Rimini, Italy and the second day of the GrandSlam series is soon to commence, but we cannot forget about the excitement that filled the halls of the Rimini Expo Centre just last night! From a total of 148 couples, one champion couple was crowned - Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania achieved their 3rd WDSF GrandSlam title of their careers, making them the undefeated Champions of the 2019 series.

Let's Cha Cha Cha - 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Latin - Rimini
Let's Cha Cha Cha - 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Latin - Rimini

The Standard competition will kick off this weekend’s upcoming event in Rimini, Italy, and the Latin session will highlight its end. Currently, we await about 150 couples to take part in the Latin segment of the third GrandSlam leg of 2019. This is the second year that a WDSF GrandSlam is being hosted in the city of golden sands by the Adriatic Sea, an event that has seen an almost 3-time increase in Latin participants in just one year! Last year, only 67 couples took part - and now we await 150!

Art, Fashion, Vespas, and.... Dance! 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Rimini - Standard
Art, Fashion, Vespas, and.... Dance! 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Rimini - Standard

And we are back! Off to Italy we travel as we come to stream live the third GrandSlam leg of the year! To be exact, we will be on the eastern coast of the country in the town known as Rimini. This is the second year that a GrandSlam will be hosted on this seaside community - in a country known for its art, fashion, vespas, pizza, and pasta, a country also known for impeccable performance in the world of competitive dance.

GrandSlam Title #2 for Lithuania - 2019 WDSF Standard GrandSlam Taipei
GrandSlam Title #2 for Lithuania - 2019 WDSF Standard GrandSlam Taipei

After a few days to reflect upon the competition in Paris, it’s time to recap the second leg of the WDSF 2019 GrandSlam series in the Standard division.

Victory for Many - 2019 WDSF Latin GrandSlam - Taipei
Victory for Many - 2019 WDSF Latin GrandSlam - Taipei

Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia have done it once again! Here in Taipei, they have earned their 12th WDSF GrandSlam title, and they did it with an air of impeccable ease. The night was theirs and they definitely owned it.

A Standard Show Down - 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Taipei
A Standard Show Down - 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Taipei

And of course, we cannot forget about Standard! After the Latin competitors take on the floor in Taipei tomorrow, the Standard couples will have their chance this Sunday, June 2nd to participate in the second leg of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam series.

WDSF Latin GrandSlam #2 - Taipei City 2019
WDSF Latin GrandSlam #2 - Taipei City 2019

And now we are off once again, but this time to yet another new stop on this grand journey of DanceSport athletes worldwide – Taipei. Here, we will be awaiting the coming of the second WDSF GrandSlam leg of the annual year in both the Latin and Standard divisions.