Joel and Clara Marasigan

New WDSF World Champions!


The World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), formerly known as the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF), held it’s World Standard Championships on October 29 in Moscow, RUS. Congratulations to Emanuel Valeri & Tania Kehlet, DEN for winning their first-ever World Championship title!

Normally, there are very few surprises in Ballroom DanceSport competitions, as the couple slated to win usually, inevitably end up winning. However, this competition result was a surprise to everyone, as the defending World Champions, Benedetto Ferruggia & Claudia Koehler, GER, were going for their third consecutive title. Even Emanuel & Tania themselves were completely taken aback by the results, as you can see from the pictures and videos taken during the announcement of the final results.


Here are the final placings of the top 6:

1. 74 Emanuel Valeri / Tania Kehlet, Denmark
2. 27 Benedetto Ferruggia / Claudia Koehler, Germany
3. 64 Simone Segatori / Annette Sudol, Germany
4. 39 Sergei Konovaltsev / Olga Konovaltseva, Russian Federation
5. 40 Marek Kosaty / Paulina Glazik, Poland
6. 80 Dmitry Zharkov / Olga Kulikova, Russian Federation

Watch the emotional announcement of the results in the video below.¬† It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss!

To read an old interview of Emanuel & Tania the last time they came to the Snowball Classic in Vancouver 2010, check out the old blog posts.

Congratulations also to our Canadian Representatives, Anton Belyayev & Antoaneta Popova, who placed 15th!

Leave a Comment

* Copy this password:

* Type or paste password here: