After an interruption of almost two years, a main class World Championship was held again. Our two currently strongest couples took part in the World Championships Standard in Brno: Davide Corrodi & Maja Kucharczyk and Vova Kasilov & Yulia Dreier. They reached places 48 and 50.

Vova & Yulia started the preliminary round with a convincing performance and good presence. Davide & Maja seemed rather restrained, only improving in the SlowFox. It was no surprise that both couples had to dance in the second round. The international level at the World Championships is too high. Especially this year, when some nations with mostly weaker couples could not come because of the Covid restrictions. In Brno, all couples, officials and spectators were checked for the presence of a 3G certificate, which offered the athletes at least a minimal security for the competition. 67 couples from 32 nations competed in the almost completely filled City Sport Hall.

In the Redance, Davide & Maja clearly improved, now awake and present at all times. There was no clear difference in performance between our couples, which promises a very exciting starting position for the upcoming Swiss Championships on 2 October. It is rather a question of style. Davide & Maja with a sporty, dynamic attitude, Vova & Yulia with suppleness and classic elegance.

Again, as in the pre-Covid period, the result in the ranking was very close. Vova & Yulia finished 50th-51st. Davide & Maja survived the hope round and qualified for the 2nd round. Unfortunately, that was the end of the line and they finished 48th-49th.
Both couples showed their current good level and represented Switzerland in the best way!
The performance differences of the couples in the 50th-25th rank range are not very big, it is really close there. And especially at the World Championships, the political and national interests of the adjudicators always come to the fore, despite regulations to the contrary. Without a national adjudicator and international mutual support, the hurdles to get into the round of 24 are very high. The only thing that helps is a good place in the world ranking list, being known through many participations in international tournaments and, if possible, having one’s “own” adjudicator, who then also dares to take one’s own national interests into account.
The World Championships always have a very high prestige value. But from a purely sporting point of view, the results of a GrandSlam, a WorldSeries tournament or the world rankings are worth more. So stay tuned and persistently develop your own skills!

The favourites were eager to see how the various couples could use the long break in the tournament to improve details and thus how the previous ranking would shift. In addition, two previous finalists were no longer competing: Evgeny Moshenin & Dana Spitsyna RUS ended their career, Vaidotas Lacitis & Veronika Golodneva LTU switched to the pros.
The Lithuanian defending champions Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite seemed to be promptly put under pressure by Francesco Galuppo & Debora Pacini ITA. Only in the final did they show their convincing strengths in a liberated manner, before that they were visibly stressed. Evaldas shook his head in dissatisfaction several times in the rounds before when walking off the surface. It was obviously not his feel-good day. Even before the winner’s interview, the world champion known as “Charming Boy” still appeared annoyed for no apparent reason.
Francesco & Debora from Italy clearly had to settle for 2nd place in the ranking.
The two Russian couples Alexey Glukhov & Anastasia Glazunova and Evgeny Nikitin & Anastasia Miliutina held their own in 3rd and 4th place. The likeable and universally popular Madis Abel & Aleksandra Galkina from Estonia reached 5th place. The German couple Tomas Fainsil & Violetta Posmetnaya also made it to the final. Violetta could hardly be overlooked from the preliminary round onwards with her idiosyncratic choice of dress.

Place Couple Country
1. Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite LTU
2. Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini ITA
3. Alexey Glukhov – Anastasia Glazunova RUS
4. Evgeny Nikitin – Anastasia Miliutina RUS
5. Madis Abel – Aleksandra Galkina EST
6. Tomas Fainsil – Violetta Posmetnaya GER
48. – 49. Davide Corrodi – Maja Kucharczyk SUI
50. – 51. Volodymyr Kasilov – Yulia Dreier SUI
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Text and photos Reini Egli