Did you know that all of the champions in all 3 of the 2010 world professional divisions (in International Style) were from the USA? This just shows how far we have come in Dancesport. Past world champions have usually come from European countries like Germany, England, Scotland and others. But 2010 belongs to the United States of America – dominating all 3 divisions! The funny thing is that non of these couples are actually “American”…They are all European! But they represent USA and that’s all that matters in our dance world. Its great to have them here as they will surely raise our nation’s level of dancing. Aside from the champions I am starting to see more and more American couples making their mark in big International competitions like Blackpool and German Open. We are becoming a force to be wrecked with.
The champions and their respective styles (videos below):
Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko – International Latin Style
Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova – International Standard Style
Gherman Mustuc & Iveta Lukosiute – International 10 Dance Style
Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko – 2010 International Latin Style World Champions
Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova – 2010 International Standard Style World Champions
Gherman Mustuc & Iveta Lukosiute – 2010 International Style 10-Dance World Champions:
Do you think these couples will boost America’s dancing level?
Tony Warnock says
They will boost the US dancing level to a small extent. There may not be enough publicity for them to have a great effect. Should they become teachers or coaches, their influence will spread.
Claudio C says
It is so great to see that the Americans are doing so well on this level of competition, but unfortunately Ballroom Dancing is not very popular specially among the younger generation whenever we go out dancing I would say that 90% of the people there are over the 40. If they were to introduce dancing for the younger generation when they are in high school, that would probably get some people interested, and some of these kids looking for something to do after school hours would go to the dance studio instead of hanging around doing drugs or joining a gang.
I know that I dreaming big here but if more young people took Ballroom Dancing this would a more peaceful world
There are kids dancing…but those kids are usually European, not American. So the level of dancing will rise for who ever is dancing. The majority would be European kids of course.
Tony Warnock says
We did some ballroom dancing when I was in gradeschool and highschool. (But that was in the middle of the last century.) Perhaps ballroom would be good as part of PE. (It was a course in college PE, but I couldn’t fit it into my schedule.)
Nicholas Yue says
Well firstly, I’d have to say that ever since I’ve started dancing, Riccardo & Yulia and Arunas & Katusha have been a huge inspiration for me. They are the perfect example of what I aspire to be.
As to whether they’ll boost America’s dancing level, well, in the current dancing world now, I’m sure dancers from other countries would try very hard to take their position from them. Michael & Joanna and Mirko & Edita will be their closest competitors.
But I am sure that this would show all dancers that you don’t have to be European to be the best and I’m sure it would help many American dancers to aspire to one day reach there.
But yes, unfortunately as the other comments have said, the ballroom dancing community is small, and not because it’s not enjoyable, but there is a lack of awareness and exposure to it. If there wasn’t so much politics in it, I’m sure ballroom dancing would grow tremendously.
Next off, I think that the Dancing Scene in America is fantastic, and as an Asian, I do not think that Europeans are any better than Americans. If I had a choice to choose where I would learn to dance, I would choose America.
And lastly, yes I agree the ballroom dancing world is small, and majority are middle aged. But I am 19, and I am from South-east Asia, Singapore. And I have a few friends who love dancing to. So don’t think there aren’t any kids left 😉