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'Other Dances' in the context of two motions that were presented to the WDSF AGM in Granada, ESP, by the Presidium based on the recommendations of the Sports Commission refers to a list of dances ‘other than’ Standard and Latin.Sports Director Marco Sietas elaborated on 'Other Dances' during the Open Forum that preceded the AGM.
It all started in the early afternoon of Saturday 20 June with 85 couples having entered the third leg of the S***** and all but the star couples with round-one exemptions taking to the floor. And it ended just before midnight - when Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, MDA, claimed their second successive GrandSlam title of the year. Watch the very best that the top-ranking couples had to show at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium during semi-final and final.
Issue number three of the GrandSlam Magazine includes a look back at the 2015 Wuhan leg, a photographic essay on the event held here in 2014 and a symbolic farewell to the Latin dancer who won last year's leg but decided not to return to the floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium: Nino Langella.
Follow the 2015 GrandSlam Hong Kong on 20 and 21 June through the dedicated blog.
The 2015 Asian Single Dance Championships are on tomorrow, Friday 19 June, to open up the weekend of top-level DanceSport in Hong Kong. Single Dance is an Asian competition format that has the five Latin and the five Standard dances contested individually, one by one, without an overall standing in either discipline, or for both together, being established at all.
It is with this Single Dance format that DanceSport premiered in the Asian, Asian Indoor and other Olympic Council of Asia endorsed Games. Most memorable should be the results of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games when China won all ten gold in DanceSport. But it is precisely the fact that a number of other contries won medals too - a full set is awarded for every discipline - that made this format so popular.
One of the particularities of a Single Dance Championship is that the number of participating couples is limited to four per nation. Two are entered for Latin, two for Standard, and each of the five dances is contested by a single couple representing the nation.
As it is already on location to prepare for the GrandSlam Hong Kong on Saturday and Sunday, the WDSF Communications teams will produce some coverage on the Asian Single Dance Championships too. Access the "Live from Hong Kong" blog here.
The first General Assembly of DanceSport Europe (DSE), the continental association under the auspices of WDSF, was held in Granada, ESP, on 12 June, two days ahead of the WDSF AGM.
From 18 candidates who had stood for election to various positions, the delegates voted in the 7-member Managing Board made up of: President - Luis Vañó, ESP; Vice-President - Heidi Estler, GER; General Secretary - Eva Bartunkova, CZE; Treasurer - Christian Zamblera, ITA; Ordinary Members - Leena Liusvaara, FIN; Robert Wota, POL; Zoltan Sandor, HUN.
Luis Vañó, the newly elected DSE President, thanked Antero Koponen, FIN, who had chaired an interim board that was instated during the constitutent assembly last year in Stuttgart, GER, and his team for their work. He also expressed his desire to work collaboratively with all DSE Member Bodies through the different channels that the association will put in place.