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One week to go! The first GrandSlam of the year gets underway next Saturday, 7 March, with Standard. Latin is on 8 March. And quite a few things will be new and different ...
First, the inaugural leg of the S***** crosses the Gulf of Finland as Helsinki takes over the hosting from Tallinn, EST. The Finland Open will be the new home and the Helsinki Exhibition and Concention Centre Messukeskus the appropriate backdrop.
Second, a number of dancers will be competing for the first time with their different partners in a GrandSlam. Particularly in Latin there are a few new couples that everybody is anxious to see performing on the same floor.
Third, the WDSF Communications will roll out its first "Live from ..." blog after the 2014 World Standard in Vienna, AUT, where concerns about the editors' objectivity and impartiality were raised by some blog followers. A set of editorial guidelines will be in place for Helsinki and establish the parameters for the work done by the Communications team. More about that next week!
For all who are still considering dancing in the GrandSlam or any other of the events in the Finland Open, registration remains open over the weekend. Click here!
USA Dance was founded in 1965. Under the name of United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USABDA) it saw its humble beginnings during "a tumultuous time," with it being the Sixties and everything that this implied.
The promotion of DanceSport to the Olympic Movement was an important part of the organisation's vision even in those early days. Normand Martin, the Founding USABDA President, was a strong champion of the cause and first to petition the Olympic Committee for "inclusion of Ballroom Dancing into the Olympics."
Now, fifty years later, USA Dance celebrates its founding fathers and all who have worked on turning early vision into reality. Even if the ultimate goal has eluded them so far, they have created an organisation that is set up perfectly to face the next fifty years. Happy birthday, USA Dance!
Read up on USA Dance's history in the special issue of American Dancer (the publication formerly known as "Amateur Dancer"), click here!
With more than 250 photographs that were added to the Gallery and the close to 50 videos that were uploaded to the WDSF YouTube channel DanceSport Total, the 2015 World Standard should count among the most widely exposed Senior Championships of all times.
Putting the focus on an event that registers such high participation is well justified. Not many sports have championships that could gather a similar number of athletes in that age group at one time and in one place.
Below is the semi-final of the 2015 World Senior IV Standard danced in Tilburg, NED, on 21 February.
And an interview with the new World Champions! Prof Dr Helmut Roland interviews Luciano Ceruti - Rosa Nuccia Cappello, ITA.
Their first result on record dates back to 2002, when they were seventh at a Senior I Open in the Netherlands. A little more than twelve years later and three age groups higher they danced to the top of the podium - again in the Netherlands.
We don't have any videos of the Italian couple yet, but here are the two phortographs that our colleague Helmut Roland took of the new World CHampions in round three.
Videos of the couple should become available tomorrow. Stay tuned.