22 October 2011, 19:33

Dancing in the Kremlin

Dancing in the Kremlin

The world’s strongest dancing duets have gathered for the Kremlin World Cup Latin Championships in Moscow. The Voice of Russia’s Olga Pshenitsyna reports. Moscow has been playing host to the World Cup Championships among the best of Latin dancers for seventeen years.

The world’s strongest dancing duets have gathered for the Kremlin World Cup Latin Championships in Moscow. The Voice of Russia’s Olga Pshenitsyna reports.

Moscow has been playing host to the World Cup Championships among the best of Latin dancers for seventeen years. As before, the Kremlin Cup 2011 is bringing together the cream of professional dancers, among them two-times world champions Ricardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoroutchenko of the US. Their main rivals, two times world champions and four times European champions Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis of Poland, are not attending. Stanislav Popov, President of the Russian Dancers Union, comments.

 "These two duets have been running against each other at all world and European  championships, at the Blackpool Festival, and at qualifying tournaments."

Nevertheless, the competition will be fierce enough, with Russian pairs on the dance floor, first of all, the 2011 bronze winners Sergey Surkov and Melia. Yevgeny Smagin and Polina Kazachenko are still out because of Kazachenko’s injury. But there are young dancers to stand up for them.

"Russia’s Anton Karpov and Yekaterina Lopayeva took seventh place at their debut performance at the International Tournament at London’s Albert Hall. Everyone thought that they would make it to the finals. Now, they will have every chance of proving their high level at the Kremlin Cup."

Victoria Rutkovskaya and Yevgeny Voronin are yet another Russian duet that are new to the Kremlin Cup. Victoria is a champion of Europe among professionals, so the pair’s chances for success are good enough. Yustinas Duknauskas and Anna Melnikova are dancing as a duet in Moscow for the second time but are ranked among the world’s top Latin dancers.

Undoubtedly, the Kremlin Cup is a serious trial for the dancers and the highlight of the dancing events in Russia in the autumn of 2011. The audience will support their much-loved dancers and will be able to dance too during the breaks. The winners of the 2011 Kremlin Cup will be named on Saturday, October 22nd .  

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