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Erdgas Arena RiesaIn July this year I have published a similar post considering data between 2007 and 2012. As we had already the 2013 championship I thought it might be interesting an worth updating it with 2013 data.

As stated I find the IDO Show Dance World Championship in Riesa as a very special event and place to be. Next year the championship is moving to the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic and I hope I will have an opportunity to visit it.

I have consolidated a little bit available figures and came to some new updated information which hopefully offer a different perspective on the championship itself.

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 hoped to get also historical data before 2007, but unfortunately I was not successful till now. Would be nice to 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 solo dancers. Throughout those 7 years on average the ratio is around 73% female vs. 26% male. The lowest ratio for male dancers was in year 2012 where only 23% were male – whereas this year it was still under the average with 26.32% due to an increase of the female contestants. In July I projected a further fall, but this has not proven as countries found more male dancers in the children and junior category where the portion increased from 18% to 22% (children) and from 15% to 25% (junior).  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. IDO has therefore introduced a new category with either mixed or male duos, which I find as a huge increase in quality.

Although this year was a record year considering the count of dancers, there where several star dancers from previous years missing and could not defend their position in the Show Dance world. I could not find out the reason and would not like to make conclusion  on some assumptions. There can be numerous reasons, like change of the dance style (still moving to modern and Hip Hop), financial reasons, injuries, education, etc. To keep a longer stay of these great dancers some incentives should be established which would help and motivate the development of this art sport.

All in all there were 1307 ( till 2012 1098) solo dancers in 7 years from an average of 24 different countries. This year they came from 30 countries. Incredible number!

There were 731 (till 2012 609) duos (1462 dancers) where a lot of them are competing also in solos. So the approximate total No. of unique dancers from solos and duos would be around 1455.

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 610 small groups with average of 6 dancers and 482 formations with an average of 20 dancers would make another 13.300 dancers. So together roughly 14.700 dancers. All this in 7 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.

Number of participants

Among these there are only 3 dancers left which I can find attending on all championships – so all 7 years in a row:

  • in the solo category
Moskvitinova Natalie Czech Republic
Larsen Victoria Norway
Versfeld Coralle South Africa
  • and none anymore in the duo category:

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 – this year 30. Here are some tables showing the No. of dancers per country for all 4 different categories:





Small groups:

small groups



And who are the most successful dancing nations during those past 7 years?

All together there were 322 medals handed over to the best dancers in IDO Show Dance world. An exemption was 2008 where there were 2 bronze medals handed over and this year due to the new adults mixed/male duos one more set.

By sorting those medals by color, we have still a tight lead of Slovenia before the Russian Federation, following with South Africa and Italy.

Looking at the this 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. Especially SA is coming strong and has taken over the primate for the second year in the row.

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


When I was gathering, sorting and analyzing the data I have followed those dancers through 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 7 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 I will add later those tables as a pdf doc.

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Formations adults

Formations adults

Formations juniors

Formations junior

Formations children

Formations children

Small groups adults

SG adults

Small groups juniors

SG Junior

Small groups children

SG children

Duos adults / mixed

Duos mixed

Duos adults

Duos adults

Duos juniors

duos junior

Duos children

duos children

Male solo adults

ms adults

Male solo juniors

ms junior

Male solo children

ms children

Female solo adults

fs adults

Female solo juniors

fs junior

Female solo children

fs children

And finally I was interested to make a Top 30 Show Dancers ranking considering championships from 2007 till 2013. 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 2013 (with added compare to last years standing) are:

Ranking 2013

In case you find some kind of mistake or suggestion you can contact me:

Tables downloadable in pdf

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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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