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It was a peaceful end of November Tuesday morning. The darkness of the sky at 6:00 AM in Frankfurt gave me a restful start of my journey to Riesa. After picking up my car and driving towards this years Show Dance world championship the rising morning sun above the icy landscape called back my memories of the happenings of last year. I am again so lucky and proud. Lucky because I again could visit this beautiful, special event and proud to be a parent whose daughter is a part of the event and her team was doing so good. And I am always meeting so many cool people. So thanks also to my friends with whom I had a fantastic experiance.

I have already described a little bit the event itself and the town and region where this competition takes place in my last years post. So this time I will stick to the 2013 happening.

I have joined the competition on Tuesday and left Thursday after the finals of the juniors. Looking at the happening and form of the championship it was a continuation of last year. I could not actually see and feel any difference. Well, maybe I expected to feel a goodbye from Riesa as next year Prague will be the host of this Championship after a long long time of having it in Riesa.

This year a sympathy towards the Bosnian team has grown in me. I liked those people I met and the way of expressing themselves on and off the dance floor. Especially I loved to see the acts of female adults Sara Rizvić and Irma Memagić, as also Adna Kujundžić in the junior category.

We also have seen an incident from one of the Russian teams. We know from the past that Russian way of discipline and coaching is a strict and hard. But it should never go over the edge using physical violence. So the incident happened when a Russian coach hit his junior dancer not obeying his directions. With this in my mind I saw the Russian performance from a different point of view. Surely there must be discipline and order, but the way how to enforce this humanity must be followed. There is no way or reason to let this happen or to judge its necessity.

In the children competition Anna Volkova has again shown a fabulous performance. So young and with so much grace, determination, technique. I am pretty sure that this young lady will be leading the female show dance happening in the coming years. Of course if she continues from here. She might become the next Arnika Matko Juvančič who has won the junior female solo category. Now, I must say that this lady is really something special. Here dance is here trade mark, she has something which is her own and recognizable in a second. Here expression on the face tells the story and she has the ability to bring the feeling over to the spectator. Although not a pro, I have seen in my life so many acts and somehow I can feel if the technique is feeling right. And here it surely feels right. Moves are exact, rich and in the same moment so simple and smooth. But there is one more thing which makes her so great. Its here attitude. Bright, positive, friendly. She loves dancing and the dance loves here. She might become a face of Show dancing as she is highly respected and loved also by other dancers no mater which country they come from. The sympathy is there on the dance floor as also backstage. My congrats to you Arnika.

Italy is continuing with strong male dancers. They send to Riesa 2 winners in the children as also in the junior category. Marek Pisanu won the children title and is following his older colleague Marco Marongiu the winner of the junior category. At the time of writing this post Edoardo Ciollli is still waiting to compete in the adults finals, but he is already today a legend. And from what I saw in the qualifications he and another Italian Antonio Sisca will do good. Although he did not qualify for the finals I like very much another Italian Omar Calvo performing “Sarajevo 1994”. Way to go Italy.

Anna Volkova and Daria Belova from Russia have won the children duos, whereas Gibraltar has won the junior duo category with Sarahanne Maclaren and Bella Gomez.

In the junior small groups the best acts of the evening in my eyes were the Russian Papa which took 3rd place and the Slovenian small groups Wallpaper and My Dairy My Journey (place 7 and 6). In the junior formations I loved the Europian Union by the Slovenian National team (place 6) and the Russian Interaction (place 4). Both real eye catchers and feeling movers.

This year we didn’t have a clear star country at least before the adults competitions. It was a mix of great acts from all over the world. I have noted a very good improvement of Gibraltar and Norway. These two countries were a long time somewhere in the middle but succeeded with a break-throw.

Well to be fair, there is a star. A star who was a star before and this year he just verified his superiority. And that is Mitja Popovski the coach of the Slovenians and South Africans. His dancers again showed great acts and brought home some cups and medals. Slovenian children small group Witches won this category and so proved, that this small country is still one of the leading countries considering dancing. South Africa won the juniors small group category and also the junior formations. The Czechs took 1st and 2nd place in the children formations.

Azerbaijan is a new country, but actually from many announced competitors I have seen just the male adult solo by Ruslan Eyvazov.

Again had a great time, a lot of new inspiration for my life and work. Hope to keep those memories for a long time and if lucky i might visit Prague in a year.

Thank you dancers…

Wrap up of the children and junior results (I might be adding the adults later):

Solos female Children
1 Anna Volkova – Dancetitle: / A girl’s dream Russian Federation
2 Neja Horvat – Dancetitle: / I’m waiting for her Slovenia
3 Elena Pejic – Dancetitle: / Don`t rain on my parade Serbia

Solos female Juniors
1 Arnika Matko Juvancic – Dancetitle: / Good intentions Slovenia
2 Sarah Elisio – Dancetitle: / In the garden of Eden Canada
3 Micaela Todd – Dancetitle: / Save The Rhino South Africa

Solos male Children
1 Marek Pisanu – Dancetitle: / Skeleton Italy
2 Leon Strach – Dancetitle: / Do you remember Elvis Germany
3 Tomas Opic – Dancetitle: / I Like The Old Fashioned Way Czech Republic

Solos male Juniors
1 Marco Marongiu – Dancetitle: / Zeus Italy
2 Roman Belov – Dancetitle: / Tornado Russian Federation
3 Yannick Schmiedt – Dancetitle: / Time Germany

Duos Children
1 Daria Belova / Anna Volkova – Dancetitle: / Rivals Russian Federation
2 Neli Crnkovic / Brigita Krasovec – Dancetitle: / Golden egg Slovenia
3 Luca Lipovics / Tímea Mihalicz – Dancetitle: / The treasure hunt Hungary

Small groups Children
1 Witches – Slovenian national team – Dancetitle: / Witches Slovenia
2 S.K. Smallies – Dancetitle: Fire Brigade / Fire Brigade Germany
3 Halo, Halo – Dancetitle: / Just play Slovak Republic

Small groups Juniors
1 At the Gallery – Dancetitle: / At the Gallery South Africa
2 Sparkle Dance Team – Dancetitle: / Sherlock Holmes Norway
3 STYLE – MARIDANS – Dancetitle: / Papa Russian Federation

Formations Children
1 AKCENT OSTRAVA – Dancetitle: / Salon Of Cruela De Vil Czech Republic
2 R.A.K. BEROUN -IN MEXICO- – Dancetitle: / In Mexico Czech Republic
3 DanceChaos – Dancetitle: / Mice’s studio Russian Federation

Formations Juniors
1 AT THE BOWLING ALLEY – Dancetitle: / At The Bowling Alley South Africa
2 Tandem – Dancetitle: / Unreal Life Russian Federation
3 AKCENT OSTRAVA – Dancetitle: / Survival Law Czech Republic

And of course I have again done tons of photo material. Some I am sharing here with you to have some insights and  memories. Due to a high volume which I do not want to reduce further please wait for the pics to load. Hope you like it and you find yourself somewhere. If you want a larger resolution, just contact me. Will be glad to give it to you.