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Memorable Dancesport Moments of 2019

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This year has been filled with A LOT of memorable dancesport moments. We had a few sad moments, but we had some happy ones as well. We’ve witnessed changes, wonderful partnerships coming to an end, retirements and new champions. 

Let’s go together on the memory lane of 2019:

Achievements

1. In January 2019 the WDSF dancesport community voted for Dmitry Zharkov & Olga Kulikova as Athlete of the Year at World Games. This is a huge step for Olga and Dimitry as they moved also to Professional, leaving behind their great career as Amateurs. 

2. Grün-Gold-Club Bremen formation, coached by Roberto Albanese won for the 10th time the WDSF World Championship Formation Latin Adult. It is an immense achievement and we congratulate them.

 

3. Also this year, in Bonn, it took place he biggest Paradancesport World Championship ever with 225 athletes (124 female and 101 male) from 26 countries competing across 21 medal events. The event was historic for Bonn, which has headquartered the International Paralympic Committee since 1999. 

4. At the 2019 Blackpool Dance Festival in Professional Ballroom, we witnessed new champions: Andrea Ghigiarelli & Sara Andracchio. Andrea & Sara also won on the 30th of November the World Championship, becoming the new WDC Professional Ballroom Champions. 

5. In the same manner, in the WDSF world, we have new Amateur Standard Champions: Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite. Here is the ranking of the Championship.

Retirements

1. The UK National Professional Ballroom vice-champions Craig and Evgeniya Shaw announced that they retire from competitive dancing. Craig made an emotional announcement on his Facebook Page.

2. The retirement of Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko came in two waves of sadness: they announced their retirement at the Internationals and danced their last competition at the Worlds in Miami, winning their 10th title. They’ve graced us at the Internationals with a memorable Rumba: “The look of love”:

 

They have also allowed us to have a glimpse into their emotions through this wonderful interview from Ballroom BackStage.

3. Team Match at the Blackpool Dance Festival came with the retirement announcement of the World Champions Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova. The moment was truly historical and of course, the “hip hip hooray” was unmissable. 

Announcements 

1. GlandSlams are one of the most important competitions in the WDSF world. The location has changed this year for the first GlandSlam: from Helsinki to Bucharest. Here is how it all went.

2. The WDSF introduced a new type of event called the Sports Series. Eight couples qualified for the final, which was danced in a Duel (Battle) format.

3. The Internationals came with another announcement, this time for Ferdinando Iannaccone and Yulia Musikhina who announced that they are turning Professional, representing England.  

4. Switching also from representing the USA, Stefano & Dasha announced on their Instagram that they are going to represent Italy. We wish them good luck and curious to see what the future holds.  

5. Sad news for all their fans, Joanna Leunis & Michael Militowski decided to take separate ways, both personally and professionally. We wish them all the positive energy and strength to carry on their projects in 2020.

6. Another heartbreaking announcement came from Nina Bezzubova & Timur Imametdniov split. Nina’s announcement was truly emotional but through your dancing and character, you won our hearts. Nina is now dancing with Evgeny Vinokurov; may the new partnership be fruitful! 

Love

Our world is full of love and passion, so it’s inevitable to have a few fairytale weddings or some show-stopping engagement proposals. This year, Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute got married and had an elegant wedding. 

Another memorable moment from the Blackpool Dance Festival was when Alessandro Quaranta proposed to his partner Tiziana, right after the final dance of Senior Latin. 

 

As you can tell, 2019 was full of memorable dancesport moments, some a bit sad and some joyful. But this is the course of life, with ups and downs. We just need to move forward and see what 2020 has installed for us. 

 

                                        HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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What’s New On Dancesportlife Academy In March?

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Dancesportlife Academy

If you are part of our Dancesportlife community you might already now that we have launched Dancesportlife Academy, an online platform of courses, where people around the world can access videos from 25+ dance teachers. 

There, you can find camp lectures from Master Evolution Training Camp and Gladiators Dance Congress. Furthermore, you can find our online course with Mirko & Edita Gozzoli, Fundamentals of Ballroom.

Membership details

You get a one-month trial membership for $1. After the first month has ended, you will be charged $9 per month. Don’t worry, you’ll get notified before your trial ends.

In the membership you get one video of your choosing and a 30% discount on any other videos (including all the packages). You have life-time access and can cancel anytime.

The importance of online education

The entire dance world is suffering right now because of the pandemic of COVID-19. Many countries are in lockdown and teachers and dancers cannot get together.

During these difficult times online education comes to the rescue. Being stuck in your home doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t be able to access information, learn something new or practice. 

Now, more than ever, you have enough time to research more information. Maybe you’re interested in a special topic from dancesport, something you’ve always wanted to find out more about or watch a lecture from a teacher who you’ve never met before. 

Soon: New videos

We want to answer all of your needs by expanding our library of videos. That is why, we are currently in discussions with some talented dancers and teachers to help them create special content for you.

We are planning to create several series of online courses on different topics, from meditation to technique or tips and tricks on hairstyle. 

Have your curiosities answered! What would you like to learn and from who? Send me you answers at bianca.gavrila@dancesportlife.com

Q&A Giveaway and Discounts

We want to lift your spirits up and that is why we’ve decided to:

  1. Share for FREE the three Q&A sessions with Mirko & Edita, part of the Fundamentals of Ballroom package. 

  2. Offer a discount of 20% on all three packages for 7 days. It applies also if you are a member already.

On this page you can find out how to get the Q&As. 

One important thing: this giveaway and the discount are available only until the 2nd of April! 

Technical updates

We are also working on trying to improve the way we are communicating our information to you. In this case, website design and copy are crucial in order to make the information more clear.

We have changed our homepage design and also tried to play a little more with our wording. 

Let me know on my email address bianca.gavrila@dancesportlife.com if there are any changes you would like us to make or if there are certain things that aren’t clear. 

Stay safe! Stay home!

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How To Recover From An Injury?

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In our podcast with Dr. Jerry Lynch, we have touched a quite sensitive subject for an athlete: injuries and how to recover from them. 

Dr. Jerry Lynch is a coach, mentor, and teacher who guides and coaches athletes and parents to explore the meaning and purpose of sport. He has been recognized as one of the top five in his profession nationwide. He is the author of 13 books and amongst them is “Thinking Body, Dancing Mind”. Here is his website: https://www.wayofchampions.com/ 

In this article, you will discover some of the wisdom of Dr. Jerry Lynch shared with us in our podcast regarding how to recover from an injury.

Situation no 1: You just got injured

At some point in their career, dancers do get injured and some injuries are more serious than the others. 

Injury equals an inability to execute the movements in a correct manner or even at all (depending on how serious the injury is). When we cannot dance we get frustrated and disappointed, even angry or depressed. You get worried that maybe you will never recover or it will take too much time. 

Dr. Jerry Lynch’s first advice is to quiet your mind of the negative thoughts. When you fill your mind with worries, your body becomes tense and it blocks the arterial pathway, thus the blood cannot get to the area that needs to be healed. 

“You got to relax so that the blood can bring nutrients and the oxygen or the nutrients that will facilitate the healing.”
– Dr. Jerry Lynch –

He also tells us that in order to achieve muscular relaxation, he puts the athlete on a program: meditation, visualization, and affirmation.

  1. Meditation allows you to clear your mind of all the negative thoughts. 

  2. Visualization happens during the process of meditation. During this stage, you can start to visualize the healing process. Feel how your muscle, now deep red becomes step by step pink – its normal color. From here, imagine how the muscle feels how it supposed to feel and that you are up and running again.  

  3. Affirmation is the last stage. You fill your mind with positive thoughts and encouragement. Those affirmations create chemical reactions in your brain allow that part of the body to recuperate.

Situation no 2: You are scared not to get injured

After you get recovered, there is another problem that you have to deal with: you keep thinking that this could happen again. This makes you nervous, tight and tense, which will set you up for injury again. The very process of holding back is setting your body up for another injury.

In this case, Dr. Jerry Lynch advises you to visualize all your favorite performances. Think of your favorite show, competition or even practice and feel that performance. Then, when you go out on the dance floor, have an affirmation. For example, say to yourself: “I am going all out” or “I am stronger than I have ever been”.

Why are affirmations so important you might ask yourself? Well, there is a simple equation for that:

Positive words → Positive thoughts → Positive feeling → Great performance

Using positive words to describe yourself and your dancing will create positive thoughts. These positive thoughts will give you good energy, a great feeling. It is from this good energy that your performance will come.

“How we feel is how we will function.”
– Dr. Jerry Lynch –

If you are interested to read about another topic discussed in the podcast, you can check our other article: “How To Measure and Control Perfectionism?

 

Make sure you also visit Dancesportlife Academy to check our library of courses and camp lectures with some of the best teachers in the world!

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How Is Coronavirus Affecting The Dancesport World?

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What is Coronavirus – COVID-19?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. 

Source of information: the World Health Organization website

How to stay safe from Coronavirus?

The World Health Organization urges us to follow these rules:

1. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This will help kill the viruses that may be on your hands.

2. Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

4. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

How can dancers stay safe?

Taking into consideration the pieces of advice from the World Health Organization, we should limit the interaction with other people. But how can we do that? Dancing is based on interaction and it’s our life!

The most responsible thing to do in order to help at the eradication of this virus is to stay at home as much as possible. You can still try and practice in your home if you have enough space. If, you don’t have much space you can focus on micro-movements. 

Furthermore, you can shift your attention towards self-education by watching videos of your favorite dancers on YouTube or study from the online courses and camp lectures that we have on Dancesportlife Academy.  

The entire community of dancers is taking measures to help prevent and eradicate the coronavirus and you can also read on danceplace.com the importance of social distancing.

How is Coronavirus affecting the dancesport world?

The spread of COVID-19 – Coronavirus – developed into a pandemic, which means that the epidemy has spread all over the world. This has laid a veil of sadness and panic over us all.

Many governments all around the world have banned gatherings of more than 1000, 100 and even 50, which obviously had an impact on the arts and sports fields. For example, in the United States, the NBA canceled all the events and the Champions League is suspended. Furthermore, many presidents have declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.

Dancesport events are not excluded from the measures and both dance federations – WDSF & WDC – are starting to announce cancelations of important events. Postponing or canceling the events are decisions made by the local organizers, based on recommendations and measures taken by their national governments. 

What events are canceled?

WDSF

The WDSF is already trying to identify potential dates for the 2nd half of the year to postpone the Grand Slam and Title events. Recent changes in the WDSF Competition Calendar are:

  • WDSF GrandSlam and WDSF Open in Bucharest (ROM) on March 28-29th
  • WDSF European Youth Latin Championship, WDSF International Open, and WDSF Open in Marseilles, (FRA) on April 4th
  • WDSF World Open NS and WDSF Open, in Moscow (RUS) on April 4th-5th. (These will be re-scheduled to take place in Sochi on June 24-27, 2020).

Keep on track with the news on https://www.worlddancesport.org/ 

WDC

The WDC is also showing responsible conduct by canceling events and the President of the council – Donnie Burns MBE – shared a visibly emotional message to the dancing world.

Some of the events that are canceled are:

  • Prague Dance Championship. The new competition date is set to 24.10.2020
  • FIDA ITALIA had to withdraw from the upcoming WDC AL European Formation Championship in Stoke on Trent due to the Coronavirus measures that have been put in place in Italy. Unfortunately, Mr. Mauro D Ambrossi will also be unable to adjudicate the event.
  • The Polish Cup scheduled on the 28th of March is also postponed
  • Romanian Open Superstars that was on the 29th March

We wish to pass on our love and best wishes to all our dancing family in Italy and Asia at this difficult time! And to all of us dancers all around the world, stay safe and have a positive attitude! 

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