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A Mark Made in History - The First WDSF GrandSlam in Bucharest, Romania 2019
A Mark Made in History - The First WDSF GrandSlam in Bucharest, Romania 2019

Come along with us and experience a great kick-off to the WDSF GrandSlam series of 2019! Our journey begins in the city also known as “Little Paris”, renowned for its incredibly gorgeous architecture and history. Bucharest is not only the capital of Romania, but also its largest city with a population over 2 million! The first GrandSlam leg will be held right here, the first time ever in the country of Romania.

A New Beginning for All – Fighting for Your Dreams
A New Beginning for All – Fighting for Your Dreams

The New Year has rolled in, bringing with it not only new dreams, goals, and expectations, but also a breath of fresh air for all those who aim to take great strides in the coming months, particularly the athletes of the DanceSport industry. Let’s take a closer look at what the New Year has in store for the dancers, audience members, and World DanceSport Federation as a whole.

2018 Baltic Grand Prix - Results of the WDSF Standard World Open
2018 Baltic Grand Prix - Results of the WDSF Standard World Open

Last but not least, we can conclude the final WDSF World Open of the year. This weekend was full of excitement not only due to the Youth Latin World Championship, but also with the inclusion of the Standard World Open and the World Championship of the Professional Standard Show Dance division.

Russia Ends the Year with a Bang - 2018 WDSF Youth Latin World Championship
Russia Ends the Year with a Bang - 2018 WDSF Youth Latin World Championship

It has truly been a stellar year for the Russian Federation as athletes of various divisions took numerous WDSF World Titles.

The 2018 WDSF Youth Latin World Championship - Riga, Latvia
The 2018 WDSF Youth Latin World Championship - Riga, Latvia

In addition to hosting an upcoming Standard World Open to take place in Riga, Latvia this upcoming Saturday, December 15th, the World DanceSport Federation will also be presenting this year’s Youth Latin World Championship. The Baltic Grand Prix is the competition under which both of the above listed events are a part.

Upcoming WDSF Standard World Open in Riga, Latvia
Upcoming WDSF Standard World Open in Riga, Latvia

This upcoming weekend will be sure to pack a punch! As the year winds down and all preparation begins for celebrating the holidays, the dancers of the World DanceSport Federation continue their competitive endeavors to conclude their final tournaments of the year.

The Results of the 2018 WDSF Standard GrandSlam Finals - Shanghai
The Results of the 2018 WDSF Standard GrandSlam Finals - Shanghai

And the WDSF GrandSlam Finals of 2018 have finally come to a close as the top dancers of the Standard Division left their souls on that dancefloor yesterday in Shanghai. Not only did this year’s event differentiate from last year’s in terms of participants, but we were also hit with some unexpected news from the 4-time WDSF Standard World Champions, Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova. Before we dive further into this revelation, let’s step back to witness how this GrandSlam Final began.

The Latin Dance Battles of the 2018 WDSF GrandSlam Final - Shanghai
The Latin Dance Battles of the 2018 WDSF GrandSlam Final - Shanghai

During the course of this Saturday, December the 8th of 2018, we all had the chance to witness the WDSF GrandSlam Finals of the Latin division. Let me be the first to say, this was quite the fantastic show! Not only was the dancing pure magic, but the arena was cozy, the audience was welcoming, and the arrangement of the final made the night that much more exciting and at the same time, nerve wrecking, to watch. Before we dive into exploring what happened during the final, let us rewind a little bit to see how everything got started.

2018 WDSF Standard GrandSlam Finals - Shanghai Preview
2018 WDSF Standard GrandSlam Finals - Shanghai Preview

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 will decide the crowing champions of the WDSF GrandSlam Finals in the Standard discipline. The entire year leading up to these Finals is essential in terms of GrandSlam participation and ranking for the couples that aim to be a part of this concluding event. The World DanceSport Federation hosts five GrandSlams throughout the year, and the Finals decides ultimately, the champion couple of the entire series for that year.

What to Expect at This Year’s 2018 WDSF GrandSlam Finals - Latin
What to Expect at This Year’s 2018 WDSF GrandSlam Finals - Latin

Throughout the course of this upcoming weekend, the World DanceSport Federation will be hosting one of the most anticipated events of the entire year: the GrandSlam Finals, to be held in the city of Shanghai in the People's Republic of China.