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Giancarlo & Masha rank 4th @ World DanceSport Games

Kaohsiung, Taiwan, September 18, 2013

gian masha wdsg2013Giancarlo & Masha were sole New Zealand representatives @ the World Dance Sport Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. With full sponsorship from the IDO (International Dance Organization) and (KOC) Kaohsiung Organization Committee they entered the "Caribbean dance" category which include Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. Only one couple per country is allowed to enter - 18 countries were on the start list for this particular category.

The first round of competition started at 9am sharp as the entire 4 day event was televised live across Taiwanese television. Semifinal was at 2:45pm and Final at 6pm. All 6 couples who reached the Finals dance a total of 27(!) times in this one day in order to complete the competition. 10 times consecutively in the first and second round, then 7 times consecutively in the final round. This was the most exhausting dance competition to date Giancarlo & Masha have participated in and the first ever with this unique layout of dancing Salsa, Bachata and Merengue one after the other.

maxresdefaultThe World Dance Sport Games is similar to the Olympics but for dance, meaning it will occur every 4 years. The 2013 event comprises 13 disciplines and dance styles, such as: Starndard, Showdance Standard, Formation Standard, Latin, Showdance Latin, Caribbean Dance, Wheelchair, Rock n' Roll, Hip Hop, Boogie-Woogie, Cheerleading and Line Dancing. 736 athletes (dancers) and 213 officials from 48 countries across the globe. The 2013 World Dance Sport Games in Kaohsiung (not to be confused with the World Games) were the first of its kind.

Giancarlo & Masha finished in 4th place overall placing them officially on the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF) ranking list!

For the official World ranking results, please visit the the World Dance Sport Federation website HERE

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