Giancarlo & Masha were sole New Zealand representatives @ the World Dance Sport Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
With full sponsorship covering return flights and accomodation from the IDO (International Dance Organization) and (KOC) Kaohsiung Organization Committee they entered the "Caribbean dance" category which include Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.
Only one couple per country is allowed to enter - 15 countries were on the start list for this particular category. At first there were 18 entries, however 3 did not make it to the competition due to different complications.
The first round of competition started at 9am sharp as the entire 4 day event was televised live across Taiwanese television.Semifinal was at 2:45pm and Final at 6pm. All 6 couples who reached the Finals dance a total of 27(!) times in this one day in order to complete the competition. 10 times consecutively in the first and second round, then 7 times consecutively in the final round. This was the most exhausting dance competition to date Giancarlo & Masha have participated in and the first ever with this unique layout of dancing Salsa, Bachata and Merengue one after the other. In fact, Giancarlo & Masha had never competed in Merengue.
4th Giancarlo & Masha take 4th place
Caribbean Dance category @ World Dancesport Games
World Dance Sport Games info
The World Dance Sport Games is of similar structure to the Olympics but for dance, meaning it will occur every 4 years. The 2013 event comprised of 13 disciplines and dance styles, such as: Standard, Showdance Formation Standard, Latin, Latin Showdance, Latin Formation, Caribbean Dance, Wheelchair, Rock n' Roll, Hip Hop, Boogie-Woogie, Cheerleading and Line Dancing.
Participating in the event were 736 athletes (dancers) and 213 officials from 48 countries from across the globe. The 2013 World Dance Sport Games in Kaohsiung (not to be confused with the World Games) were the first of its kind and will return in 2017.