I report from my visit at the International sport festival Avangard and Avangard Open Cup (Dance Championships) in Moscow on 17. – 20.11.2017. Shortly after arrival we had an opportunity to view the vast CSKA Moscow ground comprising of around 43 arenas for multiple sport purposes. One of which being the venue that hosted the Grand Prix Majorettes Sport where I took part as a technical referee.
The contest took place in a friendly atmosphere and I had a chance to regard the level of skills and advancement of the international groups that I could not view at the WCH Prague. Accordingly, and as per the organizers‘ requests, I prepared the MASTER CLASS seminar that was held the following day after the dance competition.
The Russian contestants benefit from excellent flexibility training, but above all also from great efforts and hard work which enabled them to make a huge progress since the last year. I aimed the seminar particularly at the use of the Pom-Pom but also at the baton and possible combinations. The seminar was attended by approx 60 participants from varied groups, countries, coaches and majorettes.
It was followed by the specialist seminar focusing on baton twirling hosted by the experienced and charismatic Jean Michel Ruelle of France. Jean is the Technical Director of the French Twirling Federation (FEDERATION FRANÇAISE SPORTIVE de TWIRLING BÂTON) and a very good tutor. Meeting him was pleasant and enriching.
The whole festival made a magnificient impression, similarly as the last year’s Dance Chanpionships in Sokolniki, both events organized by Andrey Kokoulin. The variety and diversity of the dance sport is interestingnot only for the audience but also beneficial for the competitors who develop new skills and exchange experiences to progress further.
I am delighed that I have a chance to be a part of it, thanks to the majorette sport and IFMS (International Federation Majorettes Sport).