The Standard competition will kick off this weekend’s upcoming 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!
Along with Russia and Germany, Italy is renowned in the strength of its DanceSport athletes – a statement that corresponds with the strength of the GrandSlams taking place in each of these three locales. The Russian Open Championships, German Open Championships, and Italian Dance Championships mark the strongest 3 GrandSlams out of the 5 to be hosted this year.
Preparation Before the World Championship
Rimini marks one of the two GrandSlams left just before the prestigious WDSF World Latin Championship to be held in September, just two months away, so each competition is immensely important for every single duo, especially those preparing to attain new results and new rankings in one of the most important battles of the year. The current reigning world champions, whose names we are all more than well aware of, Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno, will be in the running to attain their second world title this year. We will be watching them here in Rimini, an event they most likely will be acquiring the Gold too for a second time around, another year in a row. Right behind them vying for the top of the pedestal is, of course, Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska of Germany, a couple whose audience eyes turn to from the slightest of movement. The battle here in Rimini will set up a bit of how the Worlds will go in September, an almost sort of trial run for what we should expect in Moscow, Russia, very shortly.
Tsaturyan and Gudyno have not attended the GrandSlam of the German Open Championships since 2016, so this may most likely be their last GrandSlam performance before the Worlds, their last meeting place with their strongest competitive pair of Germany. On the other hand, Balan and Moshenska have just gotten back from their World Open win at the dance Comp of Wuppertal, Germany, so they are well warmed up to give an outstanding performance this upcoming Sunday in Rimini.
Expected Battles in the Semi-Final
It seems that we will not be seeing Hungarian couple Andrea Silvestri and Martina Varadi taking the dancefloor this weekend, which will lead to Polish pair Edgar Marcos Borjas and Alina Nowak, most likely making the top 6. It will also be quite a fantastic and a quite important event for Romanian pair Paul Moldovan and Cristina Tatar, a couple who made a strong breakthrough in their last GrandSlam performance in Taipei last month. They reached the top of the semi-final round, placing 7th just one place away from making the final! This was the highest GrandSlam ranking of their competitive careers, an actual rise from their performance in the Bucharest GrandSlam in March, where they placed last in the semi-final in 12th position. Who knows, they may even possibly make the final here in Italy!
Nonetheless, this will be a challenge not as easily thought of as we have hungry competitors vying for each spot from every corner. Jakub Lipowski and Diandra-Aniela Illes of Poland and Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia will be right there with the same intentions to perform better than ever before. It will be a sight to see, as usual! And with the absence of stars Anton Aldaev and Natalia Polukhina of Russia and Guillem Pascual and Rosa Carne of Spain, we have Vito Coppola and Oona Oinas of Italy and Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova of Canada, two more rising duos in the running for their best rankings yet.
Stay tuned on FloDance as we await a heated weekend to come our way. Not only will we see some amazing dancing, but we may witness some unexpected turns in the final rankings of the participating dancers. Maybe another couple will make a long-awaited breakthrough! We shall soon see.
By Michelle Blank – Consultant & Contributor for FloDance