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There Can Only Be One - Champions are Crowned in Bucharest

There Can Only Be One - Champions are Crowned in Bucharest


 

There Can Only Be One - Champions are Crowned in Bucharest

(Cover Photo Courtesy of: dance-mag.com - Reinhard Egli)

View Full 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Bucharest Coverage

World Champions Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia have just secured their 11th WDSF GrandSlam title yesterday here in Bucharest, Romania! It was quite a tight race, especially as seen in the final scoring, with some couples neck at neck until the very last dance. It was never certain if one couple would secure their current position due to such little lead-way in-between placements.

Tension in Romania

Because of the tension that arose after the recent Romanian Latin National Championship, where Paul Moldovan and Cristina Tatar lost their standing as 15-time National Champions to Ionut Alexandru Miculescu and Andra Pacurar, conducting the first GrandSlam of the year in the country of Romania, nonetheless the very first GrandSlam to ever take place in the country, was bringing along with it lots of pressure for both couples in addition to anticipation for all those watching the showdown. Nevertheless, Paul and Cristina bounced back and made headway into the semi-final, finishing in 12th, while Ionut and Andra placed 15th behind in the quarter.

Paul Moldovan and Cristina Tatar

Ionut Alexandru Miculescu and Andra Pacurar

Taking a closer look into the semi-final, Guillem Pascual and Rosa Carne of Spain placed in 11th, dropping from their usual position higher in the semi-final of GrandSlams. They would usually place above Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia, as well as higher than Anton Aldaev and Natalia Polukhina of Russia, but something changed here in Bucharest. There was also a battle between top Polish couples Jakub Lipowski and Diandra-Aniela Illes and Edgar Marcos Borjas and Alina Nowak. What is quite interesting is just one week ago, Edgar and Alina claimed yet another Polish Latin Title under their belts, while Jakub and Diandra became the Vice-Champions. With the passing of just one week, the tables have turned, Jakub and Diandra placing in 7th, with current Polish Champions in 8th here in Bucharest. The difference lies in just one placement, but it makes quite the difference in relation to the couples’ inner self-esteems and motivation to continue fighting for the next event. Such switches in placements also makes it intriguing for those watching to see how couples change from event to event, dancing better or vice-versa.

Fighting for the Top

Rank Couple Country Total Score
1. Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno RUS 195.039
2. Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska GER 193.917
3. Timur Imametdinov - Nina Bezzubova GER 190.871
4. Andrey Gusev - Vera Bondareva RUS 187.709
5. Charles-Guillaume Schmitt - Elena Salikhova FRA 183.374
6. Andrea Silvestri - Martina Varadi HUN 183.209

After the conclusion of the first three dances in the final, France and Hungary were tied for 5th place! Charles and Elena have been on the heights of WDSF competition for years on end, making the finals of GrandSlam events since 2013 constantly, while Andrea and Martina have been making finals since 2015. However, they sometimes placed right behind the finals in 7th and 8th place, making their placing inconstant in comparison to their competitors. The conclusion of the final ended in France scoring a total of 183.374 out of a possible 200 points with Spain right behind with a 183.209. Charles and Elena secured their 5th place position, but only with a lead of 0.165 of a point, as they lost the Cha Cha Cha and Jive to Andrea and Martina.

Silver medalists, Marius and Khrystyna showed impeccable dancing yesterday and were in it to win it without a doubt! Many have been commenting on how much they have improved as a dancing couple. They were making World Champions, Armen and Svetlana truly a run for their money as they tied in the Rumba with 38.958 points and lost the Jive to Russia by only 0.041 of a point! However, we all know that in the end, there can only be one champion – from a total of 84 couples down to 1. Since winning their first WDSF GrandSlam Gold in 2013 in Beijing, China, 6 years later, the Russians are still flying high.

Off to Italy for the Pros

With the ending of this weekend comes the ending of the first leg of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam Series. Champions of both the Standard and Latin divisions have been crowned and now continue on their journey preparing for further events to come their way this dancing season. FloDance will next be capturing live the 2019 WDSF PD LatinStandard Super Grands Prix taking place next weekend in Pieve Di Cento, Italy. Now it comes time for the WDSF Professional Division to take the floor! We look forward to seeing you there.

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