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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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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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Note- The vice president of the Moscow DanceSport Federation, Victor Nikolaevich Dekistov, has prepared this important material on the preparation of the dancers of low categories (“G” to “C”) to dance the program of Standard, which will be interest for teachers, judges and current dancers.

The dancers should know:

1. Move with the center of gravity maintaining the position;

2. Place the support foot just below its center of gravity (accuracy – 1 cm);

3. Perform the transfer of the weight exactly with the time of the music to the desired position (at the base of the fingers – up, or at the heel – down);

4. Move smoothly along the vertical axis, using first the sole of the foot, and then the knees;

5. Carry your elbows carefully; the elbows should not make sudden and chaotic movements, but should draw smooth arcs in the space (1 cm);

6. Move the weight of a cake to another smoothly;

7. Never stretch the knees completely (it must be about 3-5 cm below).

Ways to achieve the objectives marked (point by point):

1. When moving forward, move the column forward keeping its verticality; When we change back we try to move the whole surface of “the skin of the back”;

2. We control the movement of our center of gravity and “catch our weight with the foot” (in most cases). Keep in mind that with the strong note of music the foot should not touch the ground, but must “bear the weight of the leather” completely, with the base of the fingers – up, or with the heel – down;

3. For the exact understanding of the rhythm of the dance it is useful to “beat the rhythm” with the hands, usually among all the dancers of the group;

4. To practice the smoothness of vertical movement, it makes sense to make ups and downs of the body with English waltz music. One compass for the climb, another for the descent;

5. To practice the position and movement of objects you can use plastic bottle caps. The plugs are placed on the elbows or forearms of the dancer, and this has to dance the great square of English valleys without the plugs falling. Later on you can dance like that all the choreography, also in pairs;

6. Walking on tiptoe: one step in two seconds, extremely soft and moving little by little the weight of one cake to the other;
7. Walk on tiptoe with knees slightly bent.

-Preparation of the boys of lower classes (G to C) for the interpretation of the Standard program:

1. The boy never caught the girl to himself with his right hand, the force of the pressure should not exceed 100 grams;

2. The boy should remember that he dances with 4 legs – his and those of his partner. The boy must control all four legs to never step on the girl clearly ahead;

3. The boy’s right hand should form a “little stick”, touch the base of his big toe the torso / edge connection point of the girl;

4. The left side of the boy should have “the acute elbow” and “the wrist concave”, the hand should be approximately 20 cm above the elbow.

Preparation of girls from lower classes (G to C) for the interpretation of the Standard program:

1. The girl is always responsible for the contact in the Standard program, the boy never draws her to himself with his right hand. The task of the girl is to monitor that her cost is lower, she is always in contact with the boy with a pressure of no more than 200 grams. The girl gives in to the movement of the boy maintaining the force of the necessary contact in the case of the movement “towards her”, and follows the boy maintaining that contact force in the case of the movement “of her”;

2. The girl must get used to feel the intermittent contact with the boy’s legs, follow his legs with punctuality;

3. The girl has always moved her weight “the second”, a thousandth of a second after the boy, and never the first!

4. The girl must control the synchronization of her vertical movement with the boy, she should feel the movement of the boy in vertical using her foot and knee;

5. The left hand of the girl must be in contact with the right side of the body with a force not exceeding 50 grams;

6. The right of the girl must be “left” to the boy to the maximum, forward and far, the girl should never throw the boy “towards her”.

Dekistov V.N., vice president of the Federation of Dancesport in Moscow, director of the Prometeo dance and sports complex; Moscow.


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