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As the initial main page where I tried to describe and show my view from the championship is allready having some longer response needed cause I uploaded so much photo material, I am dedicating this post to show you some acts by slovenian dancers. Please treat them as small impressions as the organiser is offering wonderful profesional DVD from the championship wich are available on their web page. For photo material please visit my initial post (click here)

Teeth – Team Slovenia – Small groups Junior

Final Round – Team Slovenia – Formations Junior

Tian Čehič Ramčilovič – Slovenia – Male Solo Junior

Jerca Bužga – Slovenia – Solo female children

Final Round – announcement qualified

Final Round – announcement finals

Final Round – final ranking

Ludo – Team Slovenia – Formations Junior

Staša Tušar – Slovenia – Solo female junior

Arnika Matko Juvančič – Slovenia – Solo femalce junior

Patricija Crnkovič – Slovenia – Solo female junior

Power of Elves – Team Slovenia – Formation Junior

Walk of nations 2012 – Juniors

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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).

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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.

Album 1

Album 2

Album 3