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This weekend there were again two championships with the participation of the talented couples from Bendixen Dans. Martin Slavoev & Melissa Wederkinck, Tobias Skandov & Aleksandra Chizhik, and coaches Louise Heise and Micki Chow had all traveled all the way from their familiar surroundings in Copenhagen to Yerevan, Armenia to participate in the Latin American Dance World Championships for under-19s. The event was in every way different from what the couples are used to. The dancers arrived in Armenia early Friday morning after a long overnight flight with a 3-hour time difference. The championship started at noon on Saturday and was held in a beautiful pyramid-shaped hotel with an Egyptian theme indoors.
Both pairs got off to a good start and qualified directly to the second round, bypassing the redance round. After that, both couples advanced to the quarterfinals among the top 24 couples, which was the last round for both couples. Tobias & Aleksandra end on a 23rd place and Martin & Melissa in 23rd place 24th place. We are incredibly proud to have two pairs in the quarterfinals. It was a repeat of the result at the World Standard Championships last weekend in Dresden, where both pairs also qualified for the quarterfinals. This bodes incredibly well for the future. Firstly, for next weekend when Martin & Melissa will defend their World Championship semi-final place at the European 10-dance Championships in Minsk, Belarus. And for Tobias & Aleksandra who still have 2 years left in the younger age group to further advance their championship results.
In Rishon Le Zion, Israel, Marcus Egstrand & Kaya Vinther together with coach Charlotte Egstrand participated in their first WDSF World Championship Standard for juniors under 16 years old. Again, this was a very different event than what the dancers are used to, as the tournament was held under incredibly strict corona restrictions by the Israeli organizers. Unfortunately, the pair had to miss the redance, making it a challenge to reach the quarterfinals among the top 24. They end up in 28th place, just outside the top 24.
On Sunday, Marcus and Kaya got their revenge when they participated in the open tournament in standard for Junior 2. Here they got a great 2nd place, beating several of the quarterfinalists from the day before. This bodes well for next year, where Marcus & Kaya, due to their young age, will once again have the opportunity to qualify and achieve the exciting final places in the junior series.
Congratulations to all Bendixen couples!