World Latin Formation Championships 2016

The World Latin Formation Championships 2016 were held on 10th December and, once again, GGC Bremen hosted an exciting and large-scale event with a sold-out area of nearly 5000 spectators.

XS A team was proud to present Wicked, Die Hexen von Oz and felt that they achieved their goal of giving their best performance of the year. The team was very encouraged by the audience support for the routine and gave it their all on the floor.

Placing 13th in a strong field, the team was pleased with their ranking relative to other teams against whom they had competed this season, and was the highest placed British team. The team came away full of ambition for how the routine can be developed further next year to do even better!

The women all wore green dresses in accordance with WDSF requirements, but retained the differences in hair style to represent four Elphabas and four Glindas.

Judging system 2.1 had been altered since last year, and the Technique category was scored out of only 8.0 (rather than 10.0, as per the other three categories). The reasoning for this is unclear, and caused confusion with a number of judges marking TQ out of 10.0 by mistake, which is concerning even though scores over 8.0 were later altered.

The Semi-Final and Final showed many changes to the form of recent years, with many countries’ second teams improving to become their countries’ first teams.

The fight for a place in the final was fierce, with a Mongolian team (Moon) making the Final for the first time and ultimately placing 5th ahead of Schwarz-Gold Wien in 6th, but Zwolfaxing missing out and having to settle for 7th place.

Vera Tyumen performed with their usual excellent technique, but some noticeable trick and pattern errors weakened their impact and they placed 4th.

FG Bochum/Velbert were delighted to perform at the World Championships for the first time since 2010 and gave a beautiful performance of their moving Herzschlag (Heartbeat) routine to take the bronze medal.

In Round 1 Duet Perm had beaten GGC Bremen, but in the semi-final GGC Bremen turned this result around. So the battle for first place in the Final was very close.

Duet Perm performed The Race, a routine full of exciting tricks and which once again proved to be very popular with the crowd. However, their tricks are far from their only strength and their synchronicity and patterns were also really spectacular to see.

GGC Bremen gave their international debut of their new Voices, Noises, Melodies routine. The style of their new routine was quite different to their other recent choreographies, appearing to blend the best aspects of German and Russian formation styles.

Both teams were excellent and either would have been worthy winners offering different strengths. Many congratulations to GGC Bremen who ultimately won a narrow victory to take their 8th WM Gold medal.

Results

1
GER
GGC Bremen

Coached by Roberto Albanese, Sven Emmrich, Michael Maas
Routine: Noises, Voices, Melodies  
Marks: 37.175
2
RUS
Duet

Coached by Kviktor and Svetlana Kulbeda, Ivanova Natalia
Routine: The Race  
Marks: 36.857
3
GER
FG TTC Rot-Weiss-Silber Bochum e.V. - 1. TSZ Velbert

Coached by Astrid Kallrath, Steffan Runge, Kristina Kratz
Routine: Herzschlag  
Marks: 34.8
4
RUS
Vera Tyumen

Coached by Aleksey Litvinov, Nataliya Struzhanova, Dmitriy Efimov
Routine: Mars and Venus  
Marks: 34.714
5
MON
Moon

Coached by Sarankhuu Ochirkhuu
Routine: Ice Queen  
Marks: 32.486
6
AUT
TSC Schwarz-Gold Wien

Coached by Simon Schmidt, Nicole Sheila Scheel
Routine: Invictus  
Marks: 31.343
7
AUT
Zwolfaxing A

Coached by Stefan Herzog, Barbara Hartmann, Isabella Purzner
Routine: Pokerface  
Marks: 30.657
8
MON
Star

Coached by Batsaikhan Enkharngalan
Routine: Star Dance  
Marks: 29.828
9
NED
Dance Impression

Coached by Kurt Findhammer, Elianne Verbiest
Routine: Christina Aguilera  
Marks: 29.443
10
SER
Vracar

Coached by Nikola Mandic
Routine: All of Me  
Marks: 29.3
11
HUN
Savaria TSE Szombathely

Coached by Davis Horvah, Agota Berta Horvathn, Veronika Monostori
Routine: Burlesque  
Marks: 27.7
12
NED
Double V A

Coached by Tim van Leeuwen, Debby Kuperus, Thijs Bijleveld, Iris Dorland
Routine: Citius, Altius, Fortius  
Marks: 27.314
13
ENG
XS Latin

Coached by David Mallabone, Nicole Sheila Scheel
Routine: Wicked, Die Hexen von Oz  
Marks: 27.171
14
POL
Efekt Prestiz

Coached by Szymon Gniadkowski, Roma Makarewicz, Monika Golda
Routine: Love  
Marks: 26.357
15
POL
CMG Radom

Coached by Monika and Cezary Gruszka, Marek Michalkiewicz
Routine: Girls Got Rhythm  
Marks: 26.257
16
HUN
Gala A

Coached by Aleksey Litvinov, Peter Kuzma
Routine: Like That  
Marks: 25.841
17
ENG
Fever

Coached by Rachael Holland
Routine: Fifty Shades of Gray  
Marks: 24.372
18
UKR
Nika

Coached by Myshko Oleksandra, Myshko Veronika, Lystov Volodymyr
Routine: Wild Dances  
Marks: 24.114
19
SER
Beodance

Coached by Slobodan Milekic, Antal Gece, Maria Stamenova
Routine: Broadway  
Marks: 23.214

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