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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:

Solos:

Solo

Duos:

duo

Small groups:

small groups

Formations:

formations

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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Medails

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

Star

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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