From colourful costumes to bright sequins and incredible dance moves, the Czech capital Prague is set to witness all of these when it hosts the Para Dance Sport European Championships 2022 from Friday (28 October).
This will be first edition of the Europeans in four years after Lomianki, Poland staged the 4th edition of the Championships in 2018. Last year, the Czech capital successfully hosted the first-ever World Para Dance Sport event- Prague 2021 International Competition and looks to repeat the success at the Euros.
This time, the country will welcome 72 dancers from 15 countries including 42 female, 30 male and 53 wheelchair dancers in the three-day event to take place at the Clarion Congress Hotel, the same venue that hosted the Prague 2021 competition last year.
The Clarions dance floor will have the biggest names in Para dance sport performing with Bonn 2019 world champions Ivan Sivak (men’s freestyle 2) and Olena Chynka (women’s freestyle 2) from Ukraine to lead the star-studded field.
While Sivak and Chynka would be eager to repeat their Bonn 2019 winning show, their compatriot Illona Slugovyna, also a world champion, would aim to dazzle in the women’s singles class 1 event.
Among other women dancers to watch out for next week will be Israel's Margalit Tomer, Italy's Laura del Sere, Austria's Sanja Vukasinovic and Sofie Cox from Belgium. Slovenia's Amir Alibabic, Turkey's Baris Bayraktar, Ukraine’s Vladimir Kernichny and Pawel Karpinski from Poland would be the top men dancers in the field.
The competition at Prague 2022 will start with the men’s single 1 and 2, women’s single freestyle 1 and 2, duo freestyle 1, and combi freestyle 1 and 2. Saturday (day two) has on schedule the women’s single women 1 and 2, combi standard 1 & 2 combined, and the duo standard 1 category.
The last day of competition on Sunday will see new European champions crowned in the men’s freestyle single 1 and 2, duo Latin 1 and 2, and combi Latin 1 and 2.
More information and results of Prague 2022 European Championships can be found here and on the World Para Dance Sport social media channels.