Para dance reaches new milestone in Prague

Czech Republic hosts an international competition for the first time with 48 athletes from 10 countries in action as the Road to Ulsan 2021 continues 13 Aug 2021
Female dancer in wheelchair and standing male partner dance to quickstep
Slovakia's Bonn 2019 world champions Helena Kasicka and Stefan Strpko will be going for more gold at the Prague 2021 International in neighbours Czech Republic
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By Ana Lucia Picasso| For World Para Dance Sport

Czech Republic will host for the first time an international Para dance sport competition during the weekend (14 and 15 August) with the Prague 2021 Para Dance Sport International Competition.

It is the season’s second stop in the Road to Ulsan as Para dancers get ready for the World Championships from 26-28 November in South Korea.

The Czech capital will witness the performances of 48 Para dancers from 10 different countries across three continents. The host nation will also make its international debut with couple Anna Kratka and Vitezslav Razek. 

A total of 20 events will be taking place at the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, six combi, six duo and eight singles.
Dancers will dazzle the dancefloor to Standard dances (waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, slow foxtrot, and quick step), Latin dances (samba, cha-cha-cha, rumba, paso doble and jive), and Single conventional (waltz, tango, samba, rumba and jive).

Prague 2021 will be a star-studded competition. Neighbours Slovakia are supporting the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and will be represented by reigning Combi Freestyle 1 world champions, Helena Kasicka and Stefan Strpko.

World Championships hosts South Korea will have 13 dancers in action in Prague, four of them making their international debut. The Korean delegation is led by Combi Standard 1 world champions Hye-Jeong Jang and standing partner Jeongbu Bae, who are preparing to defend their title at home at Ulsan 2021.

The USA will be making a comeback to World Para Dance Sport international events in 2021 with duo Giselle Toth and Derrick Williamson. Williamson will be competing for the first time at an official event, after conquering the crowd last March with his Online Competition participation. 

Belgium’s multi-awarded dancer, wheelchair tennis player and speaker, Sofie Cox will be filling the stage with charisma, while going for the medal in her favourite event,  the Single Freestyle 2, in which she won at the Lomianki 2019 Polish Open and the Tampere 2019 International. 

Another Tampere 2019 winner, Finland’s Pirjo Pappila also triumphed her category in this year’s Online Competition and will be keen to add another title to her collection. 

The LOC, Czech Dance Teacher Association and Czech Para Dance Sport are following all guidelines and requirements set by national authorities in Czech Republic due to COVID-19. 

You can follow all the action from Prague 2021 on World Para Dance Sport social media channels.