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As I find the IDO Show Dance World Championship in Riesa as a very special event and place to be from my past and hopefully also future I did some research on the happening since 2007 to 2012.

I have consolidated a little bit available figures and came to really fantastic information.

As this might be of further interest to somebody else I am publishing it here also for you. But first a disclaimer. The source of the data is publicly available data from IDO. There might by some errors of which I do not currently know, so please do drop me a note in order to allocate and correct it. In case you would like to use the article or parts of it, please also do drop me a note below. I would be glad.

The following table presents the number of participants for each year starting as of 2007 till the latest championship. I hope I will get some data from some source to complete all historical championships.

Solos are divided by female and male contestants and by age groups. Small groups and formations ordered by age groups.

There were far more female then male dancers. Throughout those 6 years on average the ratio is around 63% female vs. 37% male. The lowest ratio for male dancers was last year where only 31% were male. And if judging by age groups, this percentage will dramatically fall in the coming years as in 2012 in the children category the percentage was only 22% and in junior category the percentage was only 19% of male dancers. In 2007 these figures were 40% and 26%. I have already described once in one of my earlier posts how much more interesting I can find duos and groups with a male dancer, as I can imagine that also the choreographer has much more choice with lifts and strength parts. Hopefully IDO and national association will succeed to popularize this dance category as it faces huge competition versus Modern and HipHop.

All in all there were 1098 solo dancers in 6 years from an average of 23 different countries. Isn’t this an amazing number?

But the huge part of dancers is coming in addition to this. There were 609 duos (1218 dancers). From there some 40% are competing also in the solo category. So the approximate total No. of dancers from solos and duos would be around 1585.

And then there are Small Groups and Formations where I could not calculate some exact figure as no such data is available, but a rough estimation would be that 520 small groups with average of 6 dancers and 413 formations with an average of 20 dancers would make another 11.380 dancers. So together roughly 13.000 dancers. All this in 6 years. This brings a complete new view thinking of the organisation which needs to be put in place. And believe me, it’s one of the fines I have saw. Thanks again to Mr. Michael Wendt and his team from EwendtS – Wendt GmbH.

Table Contestants

Among these there are some dancers which I can find attending on all championships – so all 6 years in a row:

  • in the solo category
Moskvitinova Natalie Czech Republic
Larsen Victoria Norway
Tusar Stasa Slovenia
Lainscek Klara Slovenia
Versfeld Coralle South Africa
  • in the duo category:
Smajic Ilvana Bosnia & Herzegovina
Einmal Shirina Germany

Let me return to individual dancers later and let us take a look from a view point of nations competing in all those years.

We can find 33 different nations competing with at least one dancer. On average there are some 23 countries attending each year. Here are some tables showing the No. of dancers per country for all 4 different categories:


Solo Countries


Countries Duos

Small groups:

Small Groups Countries


Formations Countries

And who are the most successful dancing nations during those past 6 years?

All together there were 271 medals handed over, so each year 15 sets were handed over to the best dancers in IDO Show Dance world. An exemption was 2008 where there were 2 bronze medals handed over.

By sorting those medals by color, we have a tight lead of Slovenia before the Russian Federation. It’s so tight that already this year’s championship could change this ranking.

Looking at the last years happening there are several countries which have taken the speed up and are on the way to become more in line with those two “Super – countries” Slovenians and Russians. South Africa, Poland, Czech Republic and Canada have sent some of their finest artists and a lot of them are young, so many years to compete.

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Medails 2007 2012

Comparing the historical data the STAR country of each year was as follows:

Star teams

When I was gathering, sorting and analyzing the data I have followed those dancers throw over those years. Many of them were constantly appearing. So admiring their inner motivation to work hard to qualify on each country nationals in order to qualify to Riesa. And not just that. Some of them also constantly achieved high rankings. But also those dancers who were not winning medals and were placed lower, they were returning too. The true Olympic spirit, even if the medal was far away, they find every year the push and the reason why to continue.

To have an overview of the medal winners by category and age over those 6 years I prepared these grouped standings to gather those most prestigious rankings in one place and to enable an easy view. At the end of this post you can find all those tables in a pdf doc.

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1. Female solo children 2. Female solo junior 3. Female solo adults 4. Male solo children 5. Male solo junior 6. Male solo adults 7. Duos children 8. Duos junior 9. Duos adult 10. Small groups children 11. Small groups junior 12. Small groups adults 13. Formations children 14. Formations junior 15. Formations adults

And finally I was interested to make a Top 30 Show Dancers ranking considering championships from 2007 till 2012. To build up a ranking I have used weights (ponders) giving for the 1st place 15 points, 2nd place 10, 3rd place 8, 4th place 5, 5th place 3 and for the 6th place 1 point. Rankings lower then 6th would not get any points. According to this system the ranking of Top 30 Riesa dancers between 2007 and 2012 are:

Rank Name Country Score
1 Ciolli Edoardo Italy 92
2 Zupancic Petra Slovenia 80
3 Lainscek Klara Slovenia 72
4 Demin Danila Russian Federation 63
5 Bizjak Matic Slovenia 54
6 Grajfoner David Slovenia 51
7 Fritz Laura Germany 50
8 Behal Marco Czech Republic 49
9 Tusar Stasa Slovenia 43
10 Medrzycki Jakub Poland 41
11 Smajic Ilvana Bosnia & Herzegovina 40
11 Yakimov Anton Russian Federation 40
11 Orzelowska Iza Poland 40
12 Pabst Rouven Germany 39
13 Badenhorst Kalon South Africa 36
13 Woszczynski Bartosz Poland 36
14 Kochurova Alina Russian Federation 35
15 Leshenko Valentin Russian Federation 34
15 Romei Silvia Italy 34
15 Rizvic Sara Bosnia & Herzegovina 34
16 Van Den Aardweg Robert South Africa 32
17 Tsander Milena Russian Federation 30
17 Kujundzic Adna Bosnia & Herzegovina 30
17 Hutchinson Robert Canada 30
18 Bajic Dejana Montenegro 28
19 Krivoruchko Valeriia Russian Federation 26
19 Matko Juvancic Arnika Slovenia 26
20 Scarrow Jodie Canada 25
21 Groenewald Chanté South Africa 24
22 Volkova Anna Russian Federation 23
22 Pajmon Sabina Slovenia 23
22 Todd Micaela South Africa 23
22 Crnkovic Patricija Slovenia 23
22 Lesniak Shawn United States 23
22 Kononova Irina Russian Federation 23
23 Levchenko Elizaveta Russian Federation 21
23 Bódi Bianka Hungary 21
24 Bogya Bonni Hungary 20
24 Marongiu Marco Italy 20
24 Andreeva Darya Russian Federation 20
24 Hubej Tija Slovenia 20
24 Poniatowski Brian Poland 20
24 Langford Kalyn Canada 20
24 Merzljakov Konstantin Russian Federation 20
25 Versfeld Coralle South Africa 19
25 Polyakova Marina Russian Federation 19
25 Roberts Tyler United States 19
26 Gallelli Stefano Canada 18
26 Sisca Antonio Italy 18
26 Banwarth Alyssa United States 18
26 Patlaszynska Adrianna Poland 18
26 Felices Janice Gibraltar 18
26 Dávid Patrik Hungary 18
26 Gentile Ilaria Italy 18
27 Ravnik Jan Slovenia 16
27 Willie Xola South Africa 16
27 Kozlova Alina Russian Federation 16
27 Gaywood Paloma South Africa 16
27 Moskvitinova Natalie Czech Republic 16
27 Novakova Lucie Czech Republic 16
27 Osojnik Maja Slovenia 16
27 Vorobyev Ivan Russian Federation 16
27 Memagic Irma Bosnia & Herzegovina 16
28 Peter Bradley South Africa 15
28 Vecerova Denisa Czech Republic 15
28 Berisha Genci Slovak Republic 15
28 Mihalicz Ivett Hungary 15
28 Weir Shannon South Africa 15
28 Malik Yana Russian Federation 15
28 Pavleszek László Hungary 15
28 Glushchenko Mikhail Russian Federation 15
28 Ushkan Milla Russian Federation 15
28 Wakefield Erin South Africa 15
28 Ryumin Alexey Russian Federation 15
28 Gessner Nick United States 15
28 Spitale Ivan Italy 15
28 Khalina Diana Russian Federation 15
28 Bazdar Grigor Croatia 15
28 Biljak Tea Croatia 15
28 Sonc Maja Slovenia 15
28 Giacchè Silvia Italy 15
28 Harty Olivia Canada 15
28 D’Ariano Christopher United States 15
28 Piga Mae France 15
28 Piotrowicz Sebastian Poland 15
28 Attansio Brooke United States 15
28 Risso Andrea Italy 15
29 Horvat Nika Slovenia 14
29 Eyassu-Vincze Barbara Hungary 14
30 Tsuprunova Sofia Russian Federation 13
30 Lupien Isaac Canada 13

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Tables downloadable in pdf

  1. Medals 2007 2012
  2. Star teams
  3. Formations Countries
  4. Small Groups Countries
  5. Countries Duos
  6. Solo Countries
  7. Table Contestants
  8. Medals by dancers 2007 2012

I am reporting from this year IDO Show Dance World Championship which is in the small town of Riesa, Germany. The championship has started on Monday 26th November and will close with the adult finals on Saturday. Unfortunately I had to leave on Friday, so I missed the adults (I saw the adult duos in the preliminaries).


Riesa is organising this championship now for the 16th time. Maybe you did not know, but there are some real special things about this place. The town lies near the river Elbe. It’s in the eastern part of Germany called Saxonia (Sachsen) in between Dresden and Leipzig as the bigger cities in this area. This town was a steel production city and had its peak in the industrial time.

It’s also a great sport city. It has a modern Olympic centre which was initiated by the Riesan former bobsleigh olimpic Champion Harald Czudaj. The awesome sports hall Erdgas Arena offer possibilities for a wide range of national and international sport manifestations. In front of the hall you will find two statues of Sumo fighter. The reason is that Riesa hosted the European Sumo Wrestling Championship in 2003 and the World Sumo Wrestling Championship in 2004.

Surely one of the more known events is the Show Dance and Tap Dance World Championship.

Its known for its constant excellent organisation and is the main event of the dance season in the Show and Tap Dance world. There are more than 3000 dancers attending and the best of the best are here. It’s a great event of sports spirit and friendship. The event grows each year and is able to show who are the current best dancers and choreographs and who are the young newcomers which will stream the dancing sport in the next few years.

Riesa has two great things besides the organisation. It is affordable and it has a professional level which is the key driver to support all activities that national dance organisations show up with their national champions. So I am very happy that the contract for the championship was extended to 2015.

It’s my 3rd time here (the last one was awesome, as my daughter and her team became World Champions 2011).

The championship is organised every year at the end of November followed by the Tap Dance Championship. It’s always something special to visit this event, as the organisation is on a very high level. After visiting this year already the Modern & Jazz World Championship in Frankfurt in October and the Slovenian National Finals this is a fine end of the season.

Let me first say clearly that I am not a dancing expert nor an IDO or any other association member. I am just an admirer of those artists which continuously deliver masterpieces of art. And they deliver the will and the determination to grow and reach the next level. As already mentioned I am also a father of a dancer. She started dancing as a small child in the kindergarten and at some point when she was 8 she decided on behalf of an invitation to start competing. So I can really tell how much effort and time is invested into this art and sport.

What did I felt at this year championship? For sure the impact of other dancing styles enriches the performance, so show dance evolves also in this manner. New stories and equipment open new possibilities to express the wanted.

Solos female >; Children

1 Dejana Bajic – Montenegro
2 Valeriia Krivoruchko – Russian Federation
3 Anna Volkova – Russian Federation

Solos male >; Children

1 Danila Demin – Russian Federation
2 László Pavleszek – Hungary
3 Stefano Gallelli – Canada

Duos >; Children

1 Danila Demin / Anna Volkova – Russian Federation
2 Siera Orsini / Stefano Gallelli – Canada
3 Alina Kozlova / Valeriya Krivorutchko – Russian Federation

The children category is also the cutest one. But these young artists already show astonishing level of performance and expression of feeling as one might not expect. Dejanas performance was really great and the win was well deserved. She was also the only dancer to represent this beautiful country. A lack of young dancers in some countries was clearly visible. This will change the strengh of nations in the comming years. Danila has taken the gold in two categories, also with the duo with Anna Volkova. Big, big talent and surelly a lot of work. Always love to look at those youngsters as great dancers are on their way into next generation categories. Please keep dancing! Siera Orsini and Stefano Gallelli also succeeded the hall to cheer, so it was a tight final.

Small groups >; Children

1 Team Canada – Dancetitle: Gone fishing, Canada
2 Acorns – Slovenian national team – Dancetitle: Acorns, Slovenia
3 Team South Africa – Dancetitle: The Picnic, South Africa
4 EVRIDIKA dance company, Lipetsk – Dancetitle: The shamans, Russian Federation
5 Soul Dance mini – Dancetitle: Pingu, Poland
6 RADOST-IMPULS – Dancetitle: Chameleons, Czech Republic

Formations >; Children

1 Dance Studio SKAZKA of Astrakhan – Russian Federation
2 RADOST-IMPULS – Czech Republic
3 AKCENT OSTRAVA – Czech Republic
4 R.A.K. BEROUN – Czech Republic
5 S.K. Show -Minis! – Germany
6 Under the sea – Slovenia

In the Junior Category there are several names who really got my attention:

Staša Tušar and Arnika Matko Juvancic who won the first two places in female solo category, Kallon Badenhorst (1st place) and Matic Bizjak (2nd place) in the male solo category, and they also were having a battle in the duo category with their partners, where Matic with Sabina Pajmon won the category before Kallon with Courtney Minnaar.

All those dancers (except Staša Tušar) have also won medals in the small group and formations category, whereas Staša Tušar has qualified with her sister Ingrid into the finals of the adult duos (at the moment as I am writting).

I must also mention the big bad luck of the Bosnian team where Ivana Smajic has injured herself on the stage performing her act in the finals. She couldn’t proceed and as so she has finished on the 6th place. Unfortunately this ment also that she could not compete in the duos where she also qualified with her partner Sara Rizvic for the finals. Also here that means place 6. Wish all the best to Ivana and I hope to see here in Riesa again next year.

Solos female >; Junior

1 Stasa Tusar – Slovenia
2 Arnika Matko Juvancic – Slovenia
3 Elizaveta Levchenko – Russian Federation
4 Paloma Gaywood – South Africa
5 Barbara Eyassu-Vincze – Hungary
6 Ilvana Smajic – Bosnia & Herzegovina

Solos male >; Junior

1 Kalon Badenhorst – South Africa
2 Matic Bizjak – Slovenia
3 Valentin Leshchenko – Russian Federation
4 Patryk Darlak – Poland
5 Egor Ryzhov – Russian Federation
6 Milosz Kuterasinski – Poland

Duos >; Junior

1 Sabina Pajmon / Matic Bizjak – Slovenia
2 Kallon Badenhorst / Courtney Minnaar – South Africa
3 Marina Polyakova / Valentin Leshchenko – Russian Federation
4 Joanne Liebenberg / Stacey Woolnough – South Africa
5 Micaela Todd / Paloma Gaywood – South Africa
6 lvana Smajic / Sara Rizvic – Bosnia & Herzegovina

Small Groups >; Junior

1 The Composer – South Africa
2 The news – Slovenia
3 AKCENT OSTRAVA – Czech Republic
4 More Showdance – Germany
5 Teeth – Slovenia
6 On the street – Slovenia

Formations >; Junior

1 Another brick – Slovenia
2 Team South Africa – South Africa
3 Kornele – Poland
4 LUNA-PARK 2012 – Russian Federation
5 Finale round – Slovenia
6 TEAM CANADA 2012 JR SF – Canada

A very special thing happened in the formations. Both the winning teams Slovenia and South Africa have something in common. The coach Mitja Popovski or “Mitko”, how he is known allready for years has taken care of both the teams. I dont think this happened before that one coach could hold two trophies from two different coutries on the stage. Big success.

Short comments:

  • Armenia as new country
  • Russia with combination of classic balet and acrobatics/gymnastics is always an eye catcher – also this year
  • Very good shows from Canada, Gibraltar, Finland and especially South Africa, who arrived with huge teams. Closed up to the quality gap of the former leading countries Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia. Must say that South Africa and Canada have finally joined the top
  • USA was unfortunately not visible very much
  • In general it is a championship of two levels in a combination with different understanding. Canada and USA see it very much as Broadway style, Germany follows in a way, as their performances could be presented easily on TV shows. On the other hand some performerances could easily compete also in the modern dance championship as I could observe a month ago in Frankfurt. I am not sure why these styles have been split at all, but I could still see quite a few on this dimension. And I must admit it. I love it.
  • Lituania has its own style. I could easily recognize it. Music as also the way of performing is so unique as their Eurovision Song Contest contestants are. Still did not have much success in the view of qualification.
  • Slovenia as a small nation has a long tradition in the top of the world’s quality. And also this year they are still pushing. Junior’s Stasa Tusar, Arnika Matko Juvancic and Patricia Crnkovic have shown it. In the male junior category they have the great Matic Bizjak who evolves in an extrodinary dancer. With them on board the small groups and formations were very successful.
  • Themes – we have seen a lot of notes, underground (zombies, draculas, evil creatures) as also graving after the deceased, as also some “hotel” themes (Ritz, Holiday Inn)
  • Prices: very affordable. The organizer is doing a very good job here. Mon and Tue no entrance fee, other days 8,50 EUR finals on Saturday more. You can buy a weekly pass of 21,50 EUR
  • Coffee just 1 Eur, a shop owner told me how much the event has grown in the last 10 years since she is here. The town loves the event and loves all the dancers. They understand that Riesa is a synonym of Show and Tap Dance in the entire world. It has brought them a lot of beauty, live-hood and some economic profit. You must understand that the surrounding is in a clear way described “dead”. And this event brings life into this small cute town of Riesa. Also the neibouring city of Meissen profits from this event.
  • Each day I could observe pre-school children in the hall. And maybe some will go on the path of art. Maybe this is the trigger. And a lot more should follow. These tough economic times can be a perfect way to express the damage, sorrow, but also all those small beautiful everyday things which we oversee. Dancers have show this to us spectators and the judges and made a week more beautiful for us.
  • this is again a competition that adds more Olympic spirit than many many other Olympic disciplines
  • The organization under Mr. Wendt again perfect. Maybe there is just something new needed. I am not sure what, but something new has to be added.
  • I had a week off of the crazy world out there, so dancers and coaches please keep dancing and IDO please keep organising this beautiful art-sport.

One other thing:

I was having a lot of conversation with judges, organiser, IDO officials, dancers and parents. They all mentioned the tough economic times which prevents some nations to attend and to finance this sport in their countries. I am thinking about all those dancers and their parents, who have serious financial problems especially at this time. I am asking myself how many dancers will not be able to proceed with dancing and focus on the pure survival level. I surely know that it would break my heart if I could not afford it.

Dancing is something special. Its not just art and sport, it also defines those young people, keeps them away from the streets and enables them to express the time and their feelings in this form of creativity. So I am thinking to start a fund raiser which will support dancers who might stop dancing because of financial reasons. Tell me what you think about it. I would like to hear your voice, your stories and then see what we can do.

Here are some impresions from monday to thursday. I know that they are many, but believe me, that I couldnt decide. Hope you can find yourself or get a feeling what it is all about. About feelings, hard work and sharing of beauty.

A big thank you to all dancers, IDO, judges, Michael Wendt, organising staff, spectators, parents, coaches and all who make this happen.

Disclaimer: Here are the folders, where you can access photos from the event. Some of them you can see allready here in the gallery below. Please mind, that all the material (text and media) on my blog is only for personal usage and it is not permited to use it for any other purpose without my explicit authorisation.

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