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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.

As was expected, Lithuania was the star of the night – Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite took home the second GrandSlam title of their careers! Their total score for the final was 195.624 out of a possible 200, a score that has increased since their previous GrandSlam in Bucharest in which they landed a 195.086. Here in Taipei, their Waltz, Tango, and Quickstep were scored higher in comparison, while their Viennese Waltz and Slow Foxtrot were only 0.042 and .001, respectively, lower here in Taipei than in Bucharest. Dreams are coming true for this starring duo!

Taipei Final Mimics Bucharest

Below is also a quick recap of the resulting finalists:

2019 WDSF GrandSlam Standard – Taipei: Final

Rank Couple Country
1. Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite LTU
2. Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini ITA
3. Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna RUS
4. Alexey Glukhov – Anastasia Glazunova RUS
5. Vaidotas Lacitis – Veronika Golodneva LTU
6. Evgeny Nikitin – Anastasia Miliutina RUS

In Bucharest this previous March, at the very first WDSF GrandSlam of this year’s season, these same top 6 pairs exactly constituted the final – the same couples in the same placements! As seen above, Russia and Lithuania lead the Standard WDSF dancing world with multiple representative pairs taking placements in the final event after the event.

The Heat of the Competition

For the spectators, the most intensive watching begins at the quarter-final round, the top 24. Here, we have the very best of the athletes fighting to be better than all the rest. Just as we saw in the Latin leg on Saturday, it becomes the most interesting to see how couples in the top 24/top 12 will place in conclusion. We ask ourselves, “Will couple A surpass couple B?” or, “Will they make the semi this time?” The level of dancing is so high in all aspects from technical to performance skills that it truly comes down to noticing the details of professional dancing in the judging process. The heat kicked in when it came down to looking at the competition that was taking place during the semi-final round. It was the top 12 couples battling it to make the top 6 and we had some interesting results.

For example, this GrandSlam saw the biggest leap from Poland’s Dariusz Mycka and Madara Freiberga, who placed 10th in the semi, marking their highest placement in a GrandSlam ever! Looking back at their previous competition results, they were quite back and forth between spots, ranging from 11th to 18th. They would often see themselves in the quarter-final, just as in Bucharest, where they finished in 16th. However, less than three months later, Mycka and Freiberga have placed higher than Anton Besedin and Ekaterina Strelkova of Russia and Edgars Linis and Eliza Ancane of Latvia, two couples who outdanced the Polish duo in Bucharest. Now, the tables have turned, and the placements have switched.

Rooting for Italy – Lithuania’s Main Opponent

Galuppo Pacini Taipei

The solo dances for the WDSF Standard final are the Slow Foxtrot and the Quickstep. Our runners-up from Italy, Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini seemed to be receiving quite the support from the audience members, especially evident in their performance of the solo Quickstep, for which they received the most points out of all of their five dances. For this reason, the difference between first and second place rested only on 2.456 points! Therefore, it may very well be that the battle between Lithuania and Italy here in the Standard division will resemble the battle between Russia and Germany in its Latin counterpart.

And that concludes our taking in the 2nd WDSF GrandSlam leg of the year! The next GrandSlam is soon to come to our ways the following month in July – Rimini, Italy, here we come! So mark your calendars for the 13th and 14th of July as FloDance streams live the action. We anticipate the dancers bringing a punch, as all gather now in preparation for presenting a new product in a short amount of time. Will we have some breakthroughs? Stay tuned to find out!

By Michelle Blank – Consultant & Contributor for FloDance

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