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The STANDARD DANCES are the version we call “NOBLE”, “FINE”, “DISTINGUISHED”, “ELEGANT” of the DanceSport.

The STANDARD DANCES is to classical music what the LATINO DANCES would be to pop music, if we are allowed the simile!

Images-Reminiscences of the STANDARD DANCES

And as it happens to classical music, it has a smaller market, but at the same time special, refined.

The STANDARD Dances are of European tradition and have a technique that if deepened, is even more complex than that of the Latin Dances. And dances are more difficult to assess their correct execution, because less amount of specialists have deepened them.

There are couples who only dance Latin, but there are also couples who ONLY dance STANDARD. Perhaps in our country there is little, but in other countries where the DANCESPORT are powers (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.) they abound especially.

There are even technicians or trainers who are specialized exclusively in this discipline, because in those countries there is a standardist tradition.

The word “standardist” is widely used in the world of Dancesport. There is talk of “standardist couples”, of “standardist trainer” of “standardist clubs” …

In fact, there is so much specialization, that the great international champions tend to be ONLY STANDARD, as is also the case with LATINOS. As a general rule although there are exceptions, the great champions of STANDARD are not so great of Latinos and vice versa.

To dance exceptionally STANDARD requires a series of qualities such as elegance, harmony, care for fine and small details, etc. Those qualities are not only worked. They are natural qualities too. Just as agility can also be a natural quality and is necessary to stand out in the Latin Dances, the other details mentioned for the STANDARD dances are also. A STANDARDIST DANCER has to be a lover of good work, of the minimum details, must be a person who worships perfectly.

We will try in future articles to help discover the subtle nuances that make these types of dances exciting. We want to help you discover why STANDARD DANCES are so special.

Source: Dancesport Dancers CHANNEL



Alex & Alexandra SPAIN Junior I

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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