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Much More Still To Come ... 22 November 2017 12:11

Vienna, AUT - 18 November © Roland

That is what we say after most events, particularly when there is a massive backlog of videos and photos still to be processed and uploaded to the different platforms. Fact is, everything that was recorded for YouTube is available by now. Maybe a few additional pictures will get added. What is still in the pipelines is the Vimeo on Demand programme which is scheduled to be released by Friday:

Why not pre-order the Vimeo on Demand programme on the 2017 World Latin in Vienna, AUT, for a six-month streaming period? US$ 3.75! A really fair price for what many experts considered the best World Latin - ever! And it was definitely the only one ever with a marriage proposal included.

RGLEnDziUl0|2017 World Latin | The Trailer | DanceSport Total


Session With Joanne Wilkinson 21 November 2017 17:59

Vienna, AUT - 18 November © Roland

That a video of this nature and with definite technical shortfall in terms of audio quality would get viewed close to 1000 times in 24 hours should be confirmation that there is interest out there.

You can rest assured, the next sessions will be recorded with better microphones, and a few additional changes are also considered in what is the hardware used in the process. What is surprising: not many comments (other than complaints about the audio) were received. Everybody has the opportunity to add comments right here with his/her Facebook identity. Alternatively, you can do it on YouTube.

Here is the second instalment: Cor van der Stroet debriefs Joanne Wilkinson. Enjoy!

wpCk1kkYtZQ|2017 World LAT Adjuticators' Debrief | Joanne Wilkinson

Task Force Leader Approves 21 November 2017 17:01

Vienna, AUT - 18 November © Roland

WDSF President Lukas Hinder chairs the Competition Manipulation Task Force (CCM TF), which had held its third meeting of the year on Saturday, 18 November, prior to the 2017 World Latin in Vienna, AUT. The focus was kept entirely on strategy. The meeting involved only the three  members: Hinder, Harri Syväsalmi, a renowned specialist on ethics in sports, and Daniel Stehlin, the WDSF Disciplinary Council Chairman, who contributes to the task force's work with his extensive experience as public prosecutor and legal expert.

President Hinder remained in Vienna for the "Adjudicators' Debrief" on Sunday. It was the CCM TF which had suggested the implementation of debriefing sessions after major competitions, and he was keen to observe how they were conducted. And also how they were accepted by the high-profile judges who had officiated at the World Latin the night before.

Here are his impressions.

eN5QeASDkwk|ITV Lukas Hinder | 2017 World Latin Vienna | DanceSport Total

Session With Sergey Duvanov 20 November 2017 18:59

Vienna, AUT - 18 November © Roland

Adjudicator Sergey Duvanov was among the first to sit down with the debriefer, Cor van der Stroet, in front of the monitor to review the performances by the finalists in the 2017 World Latin. During the "casual chat between experts," Sergey and Cor had each one webcam pointing at and recording them.

If you expect HD quality and Dolby sound, this product might not be what you are looking for. But if you are prepared to guide your full attention to the audio, and to use earphones, you should benefit from what is being said by the experts.

More of these sessions will be published here over the coming days and weeks.

6xIN8tcVaVY|2017 World LAT Adjuticators' Debrief | Sergey Duvanov

Debriefing the Debrief 20 November 2017 17:32

2017 World Latin - Vienna, AUT

The first "Adjudicators' Debrief" that was held following the 2017 World Latin was an unqualified success. Even though, going into this pilot edition, there were quite a few misconceptions of the procedure held by members of the community, by adjudicators as well as dancers. All the more important that efforts are made to correct them and to inform about the process extensively over the next days and weeks. Until the second debrief!

Even the leading dictionaries manage to make the word "debrief" imply more drama than strictly necessary: to question (someone, typically a soldier or spy) about a completed mission or undertaking: "the government debriefed him over a span of four years  ... during his debriefing he exposed two Russian spies" ... the hostages were later debriefed by police."

Merriam Webster's second definition was certainly the most compatible with what the Competition Manipulation Task Force had envisioned for its debriefs: "to carefully review upon completion: "to debrief the flight."

The debriefer, Adjudicators' Commission chair Cor van der Stroet, explains by summing up the experience.

pIs1wx6XGY8|ITV Cor van der Stroet | 2017 World Latin Vienna | DanceSport Total

Seven Years Rumba | Gabi and Anna 19 November 2017 22:14

Gabriele Goffredo - Anna Matus, MDA © Egli

Allow us just one more reference to the truly newsworthy marriage proposal that ensued after triple World Champions Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus had performed their dance of honour. But we believe that it affords you with a quintessential insight into a relationship that, over a period of seven years, became hugely successful on the floor - and congenial off of it.

When this interview with Gabi and Anna was recorded the day prior to their quest to join the league of legends with a third world title in the Latin dances, less than a handful of people knew about the groom's intention to make his dance partner a bride as well.

We posted this video on Facebook about an hour ago: it reached 25,000 people and generated 10,000 views - with 1,500 reactions, comments or shares ...

W5ejWttxePg|7 Years Rumba | Gabi and Anna | DanceSport Total

In Session 19 November 2017 09:07

Sergey Duvanov and Cor van der Stroet

The first ever "Adjudicators' Debrief" is in progress at the Vienna Room of the hotel NH Vienna Airport in Vienna-Schwechat, AUT. History is (possibly) being made as we publish this post.

So far, five of the judges making the decisive calls as to who finished where in last night's final of the  2017 World Latin have sat down with the debriefer for what is labelled "a casual chat between experts" already. There are a few more to go over the coming hours!

The chair of the Ajudicators' Commission, Cor van der Stroet, has assumed the challenging role of head debriefer. He is leading his colleagues through the review of some of the solo dances and a discussion of all aspects of assessing a high-level performance in an artistic sport.

Stay Tuned ... 19 November 2017 02:21

Anna, will you marry me? © Roland

This story is far from being told. You will eventually get the opportunity to watch another batch of clips from the earlier rounds of this World Latin. So far, we have uploaded around 30 videos to DanceSport Total on YouTube. Some of them are in the Gallery above. Photographs have been added there as well as on the WDSF Facebook page.

We will be working on video news releases and stories about the epic moment that followed the championship tomorrow morning. It's almost 4 a.m. and we are supposed to prepare the "Ajudicators' Briefing" in just a few hours from now.

There is much more to come!


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