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Shijiazhuang, China, 5th May 2018.

The city of Shijiazhuang has hosted several national events in the past. With the appointment this weekend of a World Championship of PD (Proffesional Division WDSF) and two world openings, it moves to a different league: high profile and international.

Today’s PD World Latin has 35 participating couples in total, 16 from China, three from Japan and one from Malaysia … That leaves 15 from Europe! Among them, the favorites: the runners-up in the last two World Championships of PD Marts Smolko & Tina Bazykina and the novice professionals Gabriele Goffredo & Anna Matus (a few months ago they joined this Professional Division

The World Open Standard is also celebrated today sunday 6. Even with Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova appearing among the “Excusrd Couples”, the starting list has stellar names: the world # 2 Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU. A crowd of almost 5,000 people attend today’s events!

In their first year as professionals (after having led for years the Ranking and World Latinos WDSF) and in their third participation in the international competitions of PD (Proffesional Division WDSF), the Moldovans Gabriele Goffredo & Anna Matus have just won the title of World Latino Championship PD. They have done it in the most convincing and emphatic way, with a total of 197 points: that is only three points of absolute perfection and a new historical record for his career. !! Congratulations!!

The runners-up of the city of Shijiazhuang, CHN, but at 12 points of the pace of the champions, were Marts Smolko and Tina Bazykina, LAT. The third place went to Hou Yao – Zhuang Ting, CHN.



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Alexánder Gascón & Alexandra Zaiko Spanish winners Junior 1 10 dances (*PREMIUM COUPLE PROGRAM)



On Thursday 6th December, 2018, Spanish Champions of 8 Dances Junior 1 dances, Alexánder Gascón & Alexandra Zaiko (ELITE CLUB-VALENCIA) were proclaimed winners,  winning all dances.

The Championship of Spain was held in Guadalajara, near Madrid. The competition was established among 28 couples from all over Spain.

Trainers Valera Zaiko, Yulia Zaiko, and parents thank the other teachers with whom the couple works frequently: Lorera Costa (Spain), Guillem Pascual (Spain) Ilya Danilov (Russia).


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GORGEOUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ADULT STANDARD IN VIENNA. 17-18 NOVEMBER 2018. Chronicle, results, photos and videos



This Saturday, November 17, in Vienna, the Standard World Championship was held. The technical and inspired dance of Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova allowed them to regain the title of world champion! For the fourth consecutive year!

Dmitry and Olga have risen to the highest step of the podium of the main tournament of the year!

As expected, the representatives of Lithuania Evaldas Sodeika and Eva Zukauskaite became the winners of the silver medal.


The bronze was taken by Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini from Italy.

The fourth position was obtained by the vice champions of 2018, Evgeny Moshenin and Dana Spitsyna.

In total, 81 couples participated in the World Championship.


1. Dmitry Zharkov – Olga Kulikova, RUS
2. Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
3. Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini, ITA
4. Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna, RUS
5. Vaidotas Lacitis – Veronika Golodneva, LTU
6. Anton Skuratov – Alena Uehlin, GER

Detailed Results


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“Perfection must be a Tendency and not an Exigency”.

Many athletes, champions of different sports, share “a proven history of extreme perfectionism”.

One could then ask, is it good or bad to be a perfectionist? What does it mean to be a perfectionist? How do you become a perfectionist? and, can and should be changed to be?

Let’s explore these topics by examining various myths about perfectionism and highlight the consequences or recommendations for dance coaches.

Let’s begin by examining the most common mistakes about Perfectionism and its relationship with sports excellence.


It is understandable that Perfectionism suggests different things to different individuals, given their multiple definitions in the literature.

The standard definition is the “tendency to improve a job indefinitely without deciding to consider it never completely finished.” For example, if it is negative we would say that “its excessive perfectionism is delaying us all” or if it is positive, it is said that “its excessive perfectionism has improved the performance of all “, depends on the optics and perspective with which it is observed.

Perfectionism has been defined generically as the “setting excessively high performance standards” and then, a more recent, formal conceptualization, as “a personality style characterized by an effort to establish impeccable and excessively high performance standards with tendencies toward too critical evaluation of one’s behavior “.

While researchers have not agreed on a single definition of perfectionism, it is universally accepted that the central aspect of perfectionism is the establishment and struggle for higher levels.


As with any style or personality trait, no two individuals are the same and this is true also for perfectionists.

While perfectionists share the characteristic of establishing and fighting for high standards, many other interrelated characteristics differ.

For this reason researchers categorize perfectionists into two types: the “positive” perfectionist, also called normal, adaptable, healthy, functional or active, and the “negative”, considered neurotic, poorly adapted, unhealthy, dysfunctional or passive.

Let’s look at the characteristics of these two types of trainers and perfectionist players:


• Has the ability to see yourself as successful even if you do not achieve “perfect performance” and enjoy your achievements.

• Has the ability to accept personal and situational limitations; is realistic when controlling and evaluating your own performance.

• Is motivated to excel and focused to do things.

• Maintains a relaxed but careful attitude, trusting in their abilities.

• Disappointed with failure but renew effort and commitment.

• Complete assignments on time.

• He is a balanced thinker.


• You are rarely satisfied with your achievements; he tends to see himself as a failure.

• He is always worried and is too critical of his results. He has an inability to accept his mistakes.

• Is motivated by fears of failure and worried about disappointing others.

• Is tense and anxious about tasks, has compulsive tendencies; He doubts his abilities and is concerned about the quality of performance.

• Self-assessment depends on the results and not on the improvement in performance.

• Tends to postpone decisions or tasks.

• He is an extremist thinker: “white or black” or “all or nothing”, is perfect or failure; right or wrong.

To briefly summarize the features presented above, negative perfectionists set extremely high standards, however, because they are too critical and intolerant of mistakes, they are never satisfied with their results; They believe that these could always be better.

On the other hand, positive perfectionists accept personal and situational limitations and the inevitability of making mistakes, and thus enjoy the intentional pursuit of excellence.

It is suggested that the critical distinction between positive and negative perfectionism is found in the individual’s demand for perfection.

While all perfectionists strive for perfection, negative perfectionists also feel a need to act impeccably, that is, they do not accept or act imperfectly. There is always courage in the fight for perfection in sport, but nothing is earned by demanding perfectionism.


source: Dancesport Dancers Channel

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