WDSF Elections 2021
BY ALESSANDRO SCALORA
On July 25th, 2021 the WDSF hosted the its AGM meeting live on YouTube. During this meeting the WDSF elections were held for the following positions:
- WDSF President (Shawn Tay from Singapore)
- WDSF Vice-President for Sport (Nenad Jeftic from Serbia)
- WDSF Vice-President for Finance (Tony Tilenni from Austria)
- WDSF Vice-President for Legal Affairs (Marc-Frédéric Schäfer from Switzerland)
- WDSF Vice-President for Development (Antoni Czyzyk from Poland)
- WDSF Vice-President for Communications (Jeffery van Meerkerk from Netherlands)
- WDSF Vice-President for Marketing (Vasile Gilga from Romania)
- WDSF Ordinary Members of the Presidium (Patricia Goh from Canada, Charles Ferreira from France, Boris Odikadze from Israel)
- WDSF 1ST Vice-President (Tony Tilenni from Australia)
- Secretary of the WDSF Ethics Committee (George Tan from Malaysia)
In the presidential race there were two candidates. Shawn Tay from Singapore and Ashli Williamson from Denmark. Shawn Tay received 92 votes from a total of 142 votes winning by 64.79%. Both candidates gave very compelling arguments on topics such as the new Breaking partnership and DanceSport in the Olympics.
Shawn Tay was first elected president of the World DanceSport Federation back in 2018. On July 25, 2021 he was re-elected to hold this position for 4 more years. President Tay began his speech addressing the AGM and all the viewers following along. He continued “I have been an athlete coach, adjudicator, chairperson, and championship organizer myself. I have dedicated my life to promoting DanceSport for WDSF and personally involved in the development of competition judging and education system. I have been in charge of the academy since its formation and have personally overseen nearly all lectures and congresses since its founding days.” He then began to discuss the work he has done to progress the WDSF GrandSlams, “additionally I have improved the format of the WDSF GrandSlam series and secured sponsorship from many top athletes.” His full address can be found at:
Relaunch of the WDSF Ranking System
On September 1, 2021, the WDSF announced that effective immediately, the suspended world ranking system would be relaunched. Now that rankings are enabled again, athletes must be sure their memberships are active, in order to remain in the ranking list.
At the same time the WDSF announced the implementation of the ranking system for the following age categories and disciplines:
- Youth Ten Dance
- Junior II Standard
- Junior II Latin
- Junior II Ten Dance
These ranking systems will be implemented from September 1, 2021, and will have the same configuration as the ranking list for Youth STD and LAT age category and disciplines: ‘…the sum of the four best WDSF World Ranking Tournament results during the past 12 month…’.
First USA National Breaking Championship
WDSF Membership Renewal Reminder
New Date and Time for WDSF World Breaking Championship
WDSF World Championships
Please be aware that at this time the travel restrictions abroad are very fluid and apt to change. Be sure to do your research before traveling.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Junior II Latin World Championship scheduled for Ostrava, Czech Republic was rescheduled to November 6 in Sibiu, Romania.
The Senior I 10-Dance Championship has been changed and is now scheduled for September 26 in Szombathely, Hungary (previously planned for Dresden, Germany).
The Senior II Latin Championship has been scheduled for October 17 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
See https://3q21.americandanceronline.org/international for a list of all currently scheduled WDSF World Championships.