On Octo­ber 13–14, 2018, there was an excit­ing event in the world of dance — the Open All-Russ­ian stage of the RTS Cup “Dance Leg­end”. The tour­na­ment, orga­nized by the Russ­ian Dance Union with the assis­tance of the Moscow Dance Sports Fed­er­a­tion, attract­ed the atten­tion of the dance com­mu­ni­ty and lovers of this art from all over the coun­try.

More than 400 par­tic­i­pants gath­ered at the Luch Sports Palace and took part in the Fes­ti­val of Dance Schools and rat­ing com­pe­ti­tions in all age cat­e­gories. The com­pe­ti­tion, held under the aus­pices of the World Dance Coun­cil and Inter­na­tion­al Dance Union, pro­vid­ed par­tic­i­pants with a plat­form to show­case their skill and pas­sion for dance.

The pan­el of judges was rep­re­sent­ed by spe­cial­ists of the high­est lev­el, judges of the inter­na­tion­al and all-Russ­ian cat­e­gories, head­ed by the First Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Russ­ian Dance Union, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­re­gion­al Pub­lic Orga­ni­za­tion “Moscow Fed­er­a­tion of Sports Dance”, Founder of the Depart­ment of The­o­ry and Method­ol­o­gy of Dance Sports of the Russ­ian State Uni­ver­si­ty of Phys­i­cal Cul­ture and Tech­nol­o­gy (GTSOLIFK), Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the jury of the Inter­na­tion­al RTS cat­e­go­ry — Mashkov Alexan­der Vik­torovich.

“Dance Leg­end” is not just a tour­na­ment — it is a real dance event that unites pro­fes­sion­als, ama­teurs and those who sim­ply appre­ci­ate excel­lent per­for­mance. The day was filled with an atmos­phere of com­pe­ti­tion, inspi­ra­tion and incred­i­ble per­for­mances.

Coop­er­a­tion with the World Dance Coun­cil and Inter­na­tion­al Dance Union has giv­en the Dance Leg­end tour­na­ment a glob­al scale. Par­tic­i­pants were able to take on the man­tle of cham­pi­ons and com­pete on the dance floor in a dif­fi­cult strug­gle for fame and recog­ni­tion. Dance ener­gy per­me­at­ed every cor­ner of the room as cou­ples mas­ter­ful­ly demon­strat­ed their skills in var­i­ous styles. From stan­dard dances to Latin Amer­i­can rhythms, each per­for­mance was like a work of art, filled with grace and sophis­ti­ca­tion.

Dur­ing the evening sec­tion of the tour­na­ment, the audi­ence was pre­sent­ed with a unique and excit­ing show per­formed by a pair of dancers — Emil Sla­bod­nik and Sofia Yud­i­na. Their per­for­mance was a con­tin­u­ous flow of emo­tion, tech­ni­cal skill and exquis­ite chore­og­ra­phy. The rich expe­ri­ence and unde­ni­able tal­ent of the dancers were felt in this excit­ing num­ber. Sophi­a’s dance career includes per­for­mances in the USA, where she won the title of vice-cham­pi­on of Cal­i­for­nia and became the cham­pi­on of the City Lights Ball in San Jose. The guest of hon­or and host of the evening sec­tion was the Pres­i­dent of the Russ­ian Dance Union Stanislav Popov.

The 2018 Dance Leg­end tour­na­ment cre­at­ed unfor­get­table mem­o­ries and high­light­ed the impor­tance of the art of dance in our cul­ture. It was the day when pas­sion became vis­i­ble and the art of dance became an all-con­sum­ing whirl­wind that unit­ed the hearts of all those present. The orga­niz­ers promised not to slow down and to hold the next tour­na­ment just as bright­ly and emo­tion­al­ly.