For the first time ever, the Czech Republic was honored to host the WDSF World Championship Standard Dances in Czechia’s second largest city, Brno. The event, organized by the World DanceSport Federation, took place on September 18th. The City Hall Vodova was filled with plenty of guests looking forward to enjoying one of the first major international cultural and sports events in Brno. A total of 68 top world-class couples amazed the wide audience with their graceful dances. The speciality of this specific discipline is that it allows the athletes to combine sport, show and art. The dancers display that a physical activity can be profoundly tied to elegance and glamour. The couples competed in five different dances: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. All together, these five dances create the standard ballroom dancing. Throughout the day, the judges, eliminating a half of the participants each round, selected twelve representative couples that performed their routines in the semi-final on Saturday evening. The following final round and also the peak of the competition presented six world’s best standard ballroom couples. Despite the unbelievable number of Czech fans supporting and cheering on Tara Bohak and David Odstrčil, the couple representing the Czech Republic did not make it to the final as they wished but acquired an admirable 10th place, the second best result in all of Czech dancesport history. A promising Czech young couple Jakub Brück and Marina Makarenko placed 30th in the championship. This weekend definitely brought great success to both Czech couples.

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