2017 World Dancesport Grandslam Series Previous Broadcasts

World DanceSport GrandSlam Series Latin Final in Shanghai, CHN (Episode #105H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 29, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

What sets the GrandSlam Latin Final in Shanghai, China, apart from the rest of the top-tier competitions on the DanceSport calendar are three factors. It is the most strictly invitational competition there is, with entry reserved to the 12 top couples in the GrandSlam ranking, and is also the shortest and most compact competition for the dancers. Finally, for virtually all the participating couples it is the last competition of the year, and the fight is for the highest prize money awarded in the Series. The defending GrandSlam Champions did not make it to Shanghai. Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus of Moldova, notified WDSF and the organizers of their decision to withdraw from this year's final. With the defenders out of the competition, who will step up to take the lead in the Latin final?

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 -- 1:00 AM

World Dancesport Grandslam Latin In Moscow, Rus (Episode #104H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

We're back in Moscow for the last regular leg of the World DanceSport GrandSlam Series. Last year, the Latin and Standard competitions deciding over which couples would make it to the "Final Showdown in Shanghai" had to be moved south - to Barcelona, Spain - on the shortest of notice. One year later it is the 'All Russian Federation of DanceSport and Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll', the new WDSF Member, which acts as the host and organizer for the first time. In a big way! Everything seems a little bigger and brighter when it comes to the setting and the atmosphere, and the dancers seem inspired too. Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus of Moldova, who have four wins to their credit so far this year, will dance in Moscow for the very first time. They know they have to go up against Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia, who have won here three consecutive times, if we include last year's substitute GrandSlam in Spain. Who will take this leg of the competition?

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 -- 1:00 AM

World DanceSport GrandSlam Standard in Stuttgart, GER (Episode #103H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

That the Standard seems to be the GrandSlam of choice for the majority of the Stuttgart public can easily be explained. On eight out of nine occasions since 2008, the winners were German couples. Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova of Russia have won everything there is to win and kept on top of their game ever since their last defeat in Shanghai, China in the GrandSlam Final last year. Over the past two years they have claimed two World and two European titles. They most recently celebrated their first victory in the GrandSlam Hong Kong, but they have never won in Stuttgart. The fight between the two couples will probably be as tight as ever, threatening to eclipse the great dancing put in by the third: Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite of Lithuania. But let's not worry about them: their confidence is growing with every time they take the floor.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 -- 1:00 AM

World Dancesport Grandslam Latin In Hong Kong (Episode #102H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 8, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

The GrandSlam Latin legs in Helsinki, Finland, and in Wuhan, China, went to Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus of Moldova with the Russians Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno as the runners-up on both occasions. It looked as if the dominators in Latin would continue their winning streak, and remain undefeated for another year. That's when the upset came - suddenly and unexpectedly: Armen and Svetlana claimed the title at the European Championship in Cambrils, Spain. Just six weeks later in Faenza, Italy, the Moldovans were living up to Gabriele's life motto of "Born to win!" once more as they were able to take their revenge and defeat the Russians in an international open. With virtually all top Latin couples present here in Hong Kong, we can look forward to lots of exceptional dancing, and the continued rivalry between the Moldovan and Russian teams.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 -- 1:00 AM

World Dancesport Grandslam Standard In Helsinki (Episode #101H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 1, 2019 -- 7:00 PM

Three months have passed since the top couples had entered into the GrandSlam Standard Final in Shanghai. And that was last year. Since then, most of them have competed selectively at the international level - always in avoidance of having to go up against whom they consider their main opponents in the World and GrandSlam rankings. In the case of the top two couples in last year's rankings - Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova of Russia, and Simone Segatori and Annette Sudol of Germany - they both come off convincing wins at World Opens in Antwerp, Belgium and Tokyo, Japan respectively. The real drama here is presented in this friendly rivalry, these couples have been head to head for the past three years, and the Russian team is hungry for a win, especially after their defeat by Segatori and Sudol at last year's GrandSlam. And this competition isn't over yet, especially now that a new challenge has arisen. The new judging system version 3.0 that will provide more transparency to the adjudication process, using 0.25 instead of the former 0.5 increments to score competitors. Who will start off on top at this year's GrandSlam?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 2, 2019 -- 1:00 AM
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