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2014 WDC World Professional Ballroom Championship

Posted on November 24, 2014

arunas-and-katushaArunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova retained their title at the WDC World Professional Ballroom Championship, held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on November 23, 2014. Sadly, Victor Fung and his partner Anastasia Muravyeva had to withdraw, reportedly due to cramp.

Dancing for the US, Arunas and Katusha triumphed for the sixth time, remaining undefeated world champions. Great Britain’s Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio came second, with Slovenia’s Domen Krapez and Monica Nigro coming third.

Alexander Zhiratkov and Irina Novozhilova, dancing for Russia, came fourth, with China’s Chao Yang and Yiling Tan in fifth position. Victor and Anastasia were placed sixth in the final, having withdrawn after dancing the waltz. Great Britain’s Warren and Kristi Boyce just missed the final, coming equal seventh with Italy’s Wiktor Kiszka and Genny Favero.

 

For a photo feature of the Worlds, see our upcoming January issue – which will also include an interview with Domen Krapez and Monica Nigro.

 

Picture: Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova. Photograph: Ron Self

 

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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