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Anatoliy Shvarts & Tatiana Keegan claimed the Bronze for the United States at the WDSF Senior I Latin World Championships in 2023.

WDSF Updates World Ranking List Regulations

By Nenad Jeftic, WDSF Vice-President for Sports
A WDSF Announcement
Two significant amendments announced

Improved ranking points for participants in the WDSF GrandSlam and WDSF World Open events

The World DanceSport Federation continues its commitment to enhancing the competitive landscape within the Standard and Latin disciplines. As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure fairness, transparency, and motivation for competing couples worldwide, we are pleased to announce a significant amendment to the WDSF World Ranking List Regulations.

Following a comprehensive proposal by the WDSF Sports Commission, a decision has been made to adopt a new allocation of base points for each participating couple in WDSF World Ranking Tournaments. This amendment is rooted in the fundamental principle of providing more proportionate recognition to each competing couple, aligning more closely with the efforts and achievements they demonstrate on the competitive floor.

The revised ranking points system is designed to offer enhanced motivation to competing couples, acknowledging their dedication and accomplishments in a more equitable manner. By allocating base ranking points that better reflect the level of competition and achievement, we aim to inspire and incentivize athletes at all stages of their journey within the DanceSport environment.

One of the key highlights of this amendment is the introduction of improved ranking points for participants in the WDSF GrandSlam and WDSF World Open events. Recognizing the heightened level of competition and prestige associated with these events, the updated points system offers additional motivation for couples vying for success on the global stage. Moreover, the amended regulations include dedicated ranking points for the recently implemented WDSF World Challenge Cup

It is important to note that these amendments come into force immediately, signaling our unwavering dedication to continuous improvement and evolution within the sport. The full text of the amended regulations can be accessed here.


Eligibility Criteria for Top 50 Adult Couples for Title Events.

In addition to supporting its members and athletes, the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) is still working to enhance the sports system.

With so many projects completed successfully thus far and so many more planned, the WDSF Sports Department is excited to provide athletes in the Adult age category yet another significant advantage.

Recognising the significance of elite athlete representation at WDSF Title Events across DanceSport disciplines, the WDSF is committed to promoting and supporting these athletes.

In this regard, on April 29th, 2024, the WDSF announced the adoption of the WDSF Presidium Operating Policy on Eligibility Criteria for the Top 50 Couples of the World Ranking List (WRL) for Title Events.

It is known that each National Member Body (NMB, for example –  the United States) may, at its sole discretion, nominate/register its two couples for the WDSF World or Continental Adult Championship. Following the completion of registration for each World or Continental Championship, the WDSF Sports Department will grant 6 (six) wild cards—one wild card per NMB—to the top-ranked couples in the WDSF Top 50 World Ranking List, allowing them to compete in the Championships.

In other words, if a representative is included in the list of the six highest-ranked couples, individual NMBs will be privileged with a third representative for the Championship along with the two nominated and guaranteed ones.

So, this Operating Policy establishes clear eligibility criteria and procedures for the nomination of the best-ranked couples, not yet nominated by their NMBs from the Top 50 couples from the WRL, for participation in the WDSF World and Continental Championships.

It is important to note that the WDSF World Ranking Top 50 List will be considered starting on the first day of the month that precedes the competition month.

By providing a transparent framework for qualification and participation, this policy aims to motivate couples to strive for excellence in the WDSF World and Continental Championships. Ultimately, the implementation of this Operating Policy is aimed at elevating the standard of WDSF Title Events and fostering a competitive and dynamic environment for athletes and enthusiasts alike.

Apart from inspiring our gifted athletes, we are confident that this wonderful opportunity will promote a more competitive and healthy DanceSport atmosphere.

For detailed information regarding eligibility criteria and procedures, please refer to the official  WDSF Presidium Operating Policy

David Getchell and Allison Gonzalez benefitted from their ranking/stars strategy at the 2019 German Open. They brought home the gold for the United States in WDSF Senior IV Standard.

Would you like to learn more about the WDSF Ranking System and why it is important to our dancers? Check out David Getchell’s American Dancer article, “WDSF Rankings and Stars”.

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