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WDSF World Championships October-December 2012

Breanna Olaveson
Date Published:
January 1, 2013

As 2012 drew to a close, dancers from around the world gathered in seven different countries to compete for the world's most prestigious titles. Seven World Championships were held from October to December, creating seven new world championship couples and giving hundreds more the chance to compete on the world stage. Here are the highlights from those competitions and a look at how USA Dance members fared against the world's fiercest competition.

SENIOR I TEN-DANCE October 13, Mons, Belgium

Balazs and Csilla Kocsi have been dancing together for nine years and have taken first in the Senior I Ten Dance event at the USA Dance Nationals for the past two years. This year their placement at nationals qualified them to represent the United States at the Senior I Ten Dance World Championships in Mons, Belgium. The couple didn't disappoint, as they placed 13th out of 56 couples.

YOUTH TEN-DANCE October 27, Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia was the stage for Kevin Morales and Elina Khotinskaya's first world championship competition. Kevin and Elina placed first at the Youth Ten Dance competition at nationals and has since been preparing for this world championship event. In August the couple traveled to Germany to compete at an open world event and got their feet wet in the world arena. At the world championships in October, the couple placed 25th out of the thirty-one couples at the competition.

ADULT TEN-DANCE November 10, Oslo, Norway

Norway's capital city played host to this year's World Championship Adult Ten-Dance competition, bringing together thirty-seven couples who have prepared and competed all year for a chance to dance in the World Championships.

USA Dance members Alexandre Tchernossitov and Regina Maziarz, who were 2012 USA National Ameteur 10-Dance champions in 2012, tied for 27th in the competition. Bjorn Bitsch and Ashli Williamson of Denmark took home the title, with dancers from Slovenia, the Russian Federation, Canada, Norway and Germany rounding out the rest of the finalists.

JUNIOR II TEN-DANCE November 3, Riga, Latvia

Patryk Ploszj and Anna Kaczmarski of the Brooklyn DanceSport Club trained all year in preparation for the Junior II Ten-Dance World Championships, ultimately ranking sixth out the 34 couples competing in the World Championships Junior II Ten-Dance.

Patryk and Anna competed in the waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, tango, Viennese waltz, rumba, samba, paso doble, cha cha and jive. Dancers from the Russian Federation, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and Italy joined them in the finals.

"When we go to Worlds, we're never sure if we're going to make it to the next round," Patryk said. "You have to fight every round to the limits. We were really glad to make it to the semi-final, and at that point we really wanted to push it and make it to the final. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

When the semi-final results were in and Patryk and Anna found out they had made it to the final, they kept fighting for the best placement.

"It was a great feeling," Patryk said. "We knew we had nothing to lose. The other couples were great, so we just wanted to fight for the best placement."

ADULT LATIN November 17, Vienna, Austria

It's fitting for a ballroom dance competition to take place in Vienna, Austria. The traditionally romantic city has its own dance as a namesake—the Viennese Waltz. It was also one of the last cities to discontinue the traditional nineteenth-century ball. Dancing is part of the city's genetic makeup.

But this year's competitors weren't waltzing in elaborate ball gowns. Vienna hosted the World Championship Adult Latin finals, which brought 93 couples to Europe to compete in the samba, cha cha, rumba, paso doble and jive in a large sports arena with cameras on every corner of the dance floor.

Pavel Stepanchuk and Anastasiya Danilova, both USA Dance members, placed 25th out of the 93 couples, ranking in the top 27 percent of competitors. Italy's Aniello Langella and Khrystyna Moshenska took first place, joined by dancers from the Russian Federation, Denmark, Moldova and Germany in the final round.

"This was our first time competing in World Championships," Pavel said. "We had no expectations, no idea what would happen. We were very happy to be in the quarter finals. We were proud to represent the USA."

Pavel also said that dancing in the World Championships gave him the opportunity to see people from all over the world dance with their own unique styles.
"It was nice to see how other countries dance," he said. "We usually dance in America, so it was fun to see people from other countries all over the world."

SENIOR I LATIN December 1, Rouen, France

After successfully hosting last year's Latin Dance World Championship, the organizers were invited to host this year's WDSF World Championship Senior I Latin in Rouen, France. The competition attracted 41 couples from around the world, including two from the United States.

Sergey Makarenko and Tatiana Nikolaeva of the Russian Federation took first place at the championship. Other couples in the finals came from France, Finland, Germany, the Russian Federation, and the Czech Republic.

United States couple Irsan Tisnabudi and Cami Tisnabudi were ranked 24th. Roger Korsiak and Teresa Tison, another couple from the United States, tied for 36th.

"It was a first-class event," Roger Korsiak said. "Every detail was considered and all needs were met. They made me feel welcome and respected as a representative for the U.S. I felt like an Olympic athlete at times. Even though placement was not high, I am inspired and look forward to improving my dance."

ADULT STANDARD December 2, Melbourne, Australia

This year's World Championship Adult Standard competition was held as part of Melbourne, Australia's third World DanceSport event in eight years. The best Adult Standard athletes in the world gathered in the land down under to go head-to-head for the prestigious World Champion title.

The event, which took place at the Hisense Arena, brought 150 couples to compete in the Adult Standard alone. Dancers in other categories brought the total number of couples to over 220. Dancers came from more than 50 countries, including the United States.

Finalists in the World Championship Adult Standard came from Germany, Denmark, the Russian Federation, and Italy. United States dancers Yuriy Nartov and Yuliya Blagova tied for 50th. Mechyslav Pavlyuk and Gemma Arnold, who started dancing together in June 2011, ranked 60th.