The "Žuvėdra" Dancesport Ensemble from Klaipėda University again demonstrated its brilliant dancing by winning the European Latin American Dancesprt Championship. This means that to
date the amazing Žuvėdra has become European Latin American champions seven times and World champions six times! Originally, the European Championship in 2009 was intended to
be hosted by Russia, but in view of this year being Lithuanias Millennium Year, the International DanceSport Federation (IDSF) granted the hosting of the Championship to Vilnius. Another
reason for giving the hosting to Vilnius was that this year is also the 20th anniversary of Žuvėdra" first competing internationally under Lithuanias flag, which they did in Stuttgart in Germany in
1989, winning seventh place at that time.
Celebrating gold. Professors Skaistė and Romaldas Idzelevičius are
fourth and first from left in the back row. Photo courtesy kl.lt
Žuvėdras main rivals continued to be the two German teams, the "Gruen Gold Club" of Bremen, which came second, and the Tanz Sport Zentrum of Velbert which came third. Žuvėdras
second team was also quite successful, winning fourth place. In all there were 14 teams from 9 countries competing. In addition to Lithuania and Germany there were teams from Austria,
Hungary, The Netherlands, Rumania, Russia, Serbia and Wales (Great Britain).
Žuvėdra back in Klaipėda. Photo courtesy kl.lt
The long time coaches of Žuvėdra are husband and wife Professors Skaistė and Romaldas Idzelevičius. This year Žuvėdra won with the brilliantly choreographed James Bond routine,
while Žuvėdra 2 performed the Brazil routine, earlier made famous by the senior Žuvėdra team.
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