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 «Oh, just guide me and I’ll follow you.»

No, girls, you can not continue in the heel spin without the necessary preparation and without being aware of that figure. The examination of the heel rotation for girls: do three steps of the reverse turn of the slow fox.

Girls! You start with your back diagonally towards the center:

Step 1. With the right leg (PD) towards the back we start the turn to the left. The feet make the toe-heel movement. We climb slowly.

Step 2. We bring the left leg, we join the left foot with the right foot and follow the turn on the right heel. Now you are in a position where the girl is facing the dance line and the boy is on his back. Now we almost finished the heel turn (3/8 to the left). We move the weight to the left leg (PI), the feet do the work of the heel towards the toe. Keep getting up and then …

Step 3. PD goes forward, we go down through the movement of feet toe-heel. Now the girls are facing the line of the dance and the boys, on their backs. You just did the heel spin and you’re going to go to feather step-completion – that’s the last three steps of the full reverse turn.

The step-termination feather is a monster, but do not go and talk about it now.

What’s the problem: Look, we usually go to the side in the second step of any normal turn, regardless of whether you finish it in the open or closed position. So what is it that moves you to join the left foot with the right in this case? Here’s the thing. Your partner (if you are a good dancer) should guide you well, and you should be receptive to their brands and do what is expected of you.

In the previous magazine, No. 123, we spoke in detail about the brand. The counterweight with the body, the quick rise, the girl’s withdrawal, the fast turn of the beginning, the left sway (right for girls), etc. etc. Here I will talk only about the most important and probably debatable issues.


1- Placement of the feet. When you go back with the PD in step 1, the counterweight of the body outside the boy in the initial phase of the turn anticipates the right heel turn. I feel that does not prevent the girls from going a little to the right. I will say it with a metaphor, but you do not understand me literally – some will surprise you with my wisdom and I will be willing to accept advice. When the listeners concentrate only on the backward steps, their counterbalance fades and the person feels like a tank.

2- You must understand that the quick rise is the feeling that some girls describe as «push». That acceleration of the initial turn will make you join the left foot with the right foot in step 2.

3- In Step 1, just up a little bit – you’ll be so busy and surprised all that time that you’ll only go up a little bit, even though your boy has gone all the way up. That’s what the technique demands: «climb just a little bit at the end of time 1, without lifting your foot».

4- The turn in general: do not worry about it. Just turn around as much as the boy tells you – light and pretty, especially between the first two steps.

5- The count: you use almost two and a half times («slow» and one half of the «fast») to perform the right heel turn. Stay in the rhythm before you transfer the weight to the left foot.


Ladies and gentlemen, you have obtained the certificate of approval of the exam. Remember the climb without taking off your foot in the step back of any turn, especially the girls. (With some retouching this could also be applied by the boys). Best wishes, Maks The original article …

Rank OPINION: I read with great interest that article about the heel spin. I think it’s not all as simple as they paint it in the article. Hill Turn is one of the most difficult elements of the Standard and it requires a lot of work. In my opinion, there is something mystical about his technique. It translates into a certain viscosity in the movement of the feet – the English call it «smooth». He is a very rich figure! In addition you have to get the feet to go parallel during the execution of that element. I would divide it into 5 components (for example, the left turn in foxtrot, the girl role):

1-Move the weight to the right foot thanks to the work of the support foot (left), the girl gets on the straight leg (but not blocked)

2-Join the left foot pressing the floor a bit with the heel.

3-Turn on the heel of the left foot – it is important that the toes are not raised.

4-Move the weight to the left foot.

5-The roll movement and the forward step with the right foot.

And a little more about the brand: I think the boy should release the girl – let her do the heel-twirl movement. Those guys who try to put their girls on the heels throwing them back like that are wrong. For the girl, the freedom of movement in this figure is very important, although the boy should indicate it clearly (even if it is an initial impulse) when entering the figure.




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The Fifth World Title for Zharkov & Kulikova: Continue to Reign



Dmitry Zharkov – Olga Kulikova (RUS) continued to reign convincingly in Leipzig on Saturday. Again they broke all records, as the 2019 WDSF PD World Championship Standard marked them the fifth World title in five years, and the first one in WDSF Professional Division. The outstanding scores over 39.2 points in each dance were awarded to the couple, and the last dance, Quickstep, earned them close to the perfect scores, 39.6 out of maximum 40.

The same trio took over the podium as in the European Championship a week ago. Nikolay Darin – Natalia Seredina (MDA) won the silver medals and Andrey Motyl – Ekaterina Kim (RUS) won the bronze medals. The ambiance both in the spectator stands and on the dance floor kept growing towards the end, and by the look of scores Quickstep turned out to be the best dance for all couples in top three.

Zhao Peng – Wang Qi (CHN) ranked fourth, Eros Sciamanna – Anna Angelika Jaglinska (POL) ranked fifth, and Alessandro Ilarioni – Aurora Sbardella (ITA) ranked sixth.

2019 WDSF European Championship Youth Standard QF | © Roland
In Kyiv (UKR), the 2019 WDSF World Championship Youth Ten Dance gave us a glimpse of how another page on the history book is in the making. Vladislav Untu – Polina Baryshnikova (MDA) have won all the three European Youth titles (Standard, Latin, Ten Dance) this year and the couple continued their strong year by winning the World Championship Youth Ten Dance title aswell. With two more World title events to go, the couple is going strongly towards the historical six out of six titles in 2019.

German Pugachev – Ariadna Tishova (RUS) won the silver medals and Karolis Burneikis – Izabele Sekaite (LTU) won the bronze.

In non-title events, the two WDSF World Open Latin winners of the week were Edgar Marcos Borjas – Alina Nowak (POL) in Amsterdam-Almere (NED) and Alexandru Miculescu Ionut – Andra Pacurar (ROU) in Kyiv (UKR). The WDSF World Open Standard winners were Madis Abel – Aleksandra Galkina (EST) in Amsterdam-Almere and Marco Sirocchi – Kilin Dora (ROU) in Kyiv.

The two WDSF International Open Latin winners of the week were Lars Olav Eltervaag – Paraskevi Zygouri (NOR) in Trencin (SVK), and Konstantin Gorodilov – Dominika Bergmannova (EST) in Prienai (LTU). The WDSF International Open Standard winners were Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite (LTU) in Prienai and Matej Stec – Elena Popova (SVK) in Trencin.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, also of the WDSF Open competitions! It is again the start of a GrandSlam week, and this year the World Championship Ten Dance is included in the programme in Moscow (RUS). World Cups in Rock’n’Roll and Boogie Woogie are also taking place on Saturday, which means it will be another busy week in DanceSport!




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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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