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It is the WDSF Managing Committee that can approve changes to the rules governing the GrandSlam S*****. This because the s***** serves as a test bench of sorts for other competitions and changes to GrandSlam rules and format can be implemented on relatively short notice. Two changes were adopted during the recent Managing Committee Meeting in Singapore.
The most important change affecting the 2015 S***** is that couples will need to have danced in minimum four (4) GrandSlam legs in order to be eligible for qualification to dance in the Finals.
A second change was already applied to the format of the two finals held in Shanghai last weekend. The five dances in the final will forthwith be performed as follows:
The 2014 GrandSlam S***** came to a conclusion when Simone Segatori - Annette Sudol, GER, did their dance of honour at the Luwan Stadium in Shanghai, CHN, on 14 December. New photos of the Standard Final have just been added to the Gallery.
The 2015 S***** will get underway with the first leg in Helsinki, FIN, on 7 and 8 March. A brand new host has the honours of staging it as part of the traditional Finland Open at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre. Find out what other events will be danced between 6 and 8 March on the organisers' website.
The organisers wish to draw your attention to the fact that the official hotel - which is connected to the venue - is selling out rapidly. For booking information on accommodation, please check here.
Last but not least, you can follow the preparations for the Finland Open through this facebook group.
José Perurena, the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), notified the International Federations with sports on the programme of the upcoming edition of The World Games that their dates would likely be moved forward by two weeks.
The Wroclaw Organising Committee (WOC) approached the IWGA board with a formal request for a change of dates for the games in 2017. Instead of the previously announced period from 03 to 13 August, WOC asked to bring The World Games 2017 forward to 20 – 30 July.
"The main arguments for these new dates are the prevention of conflicts of dates with other major events, especially with the IAAF World Athletics Championships," Perurena writes in his letter of 15 December," and the advantage to be gained from having better media coverage. The board discussed this request, and after consultation with its media and marketing partners came to the conclusion that the new dates would indeed be better. We intend therefore to accept the WOC’s request."
Martino Abildtrup and Michelle Abildtrup announced their retirement right after the awards presentation at the 2014 PD World DanceSport Championship in Horsens, DEN.
In a moving act of farewell, the World Champions had a letter read out and performed their final dance of honour in the presence of their families, their friends and the international DanceSport community.
Helmut Roland just kept the camera rolling. Enjoy!