Victory in the European Championships in Latin Formation Dance: How Rabanne Boetke of Weiler won the third title in the A-Team of Grün-Gold-Club Bremen.
The title trilogy is perfect: Rabanne Putki of West Allgäu is the European champion in Latin dance formation. In the European Championships on Saturday in Vienna The 23-year-old won the A-Team from Bremen’s Grün-Gold-Club under successful coach Roberto Albanese – following sovereign successes in Germany and the World Cup at the end of 2021. The team also achieved a (usual) first place.
Tough tournament with tough preparations
The 23-year-old from Allgäu was “extremely satisfied” after the European Championship final. “That was a very difficult tournament with very difficult preparations. It was a very long season, we didn’t have any breaks between us where we could recover. It was really tough.” After four successes in the European Championships so far, GGC has gone to Maidan as the defending champion with the choreography of the World Cup “Emozioni”: “We had and wanted to give an outstanding performance because everyone expected it from us,” says Bottke.
There is no Russian competition – the host is on fire
The last time the European Championship was held was in Poland in 2018, there were still 13 starting lineups. This time, with eight, there were fewer than ever: Several teams, weakened by the pandemic, did not compete. Russia’s strong professional teams – unlike the tougher amateur team rivals from Bremen – were disqualified due to the Ukraine war. But the host felt his chance of taking first and making it full: HSV Zwölfaxing (near Vienna) used the house advantage with a stunning performance in front of 600 spectators, standing impressively in front of the Bremen team and eventually finishing second, followed by TSG Bremerhaven and second Austrian team Sportunion FCP Perchtoldsdorf.
Sports excellence with full stakes
The Bremen team, with an Allegian native in the middle, did not relent and delivered an impeccable championship. Ballroom dances with elements of five Latin dances Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jeff dance to national and international tournaments in the preliminary, middle and final rounds. Four criteria are evaluated with a maximum of ten points: the movement of all dancers in the rhythm and beat of the music; Dance performance of formation. Implementation of choreography (accuracy in lines, images, spacing, space allocation and use) as well as consistency and characteristics of movement sequences. For the eight pairs on each team, that means three times six minutes of top athletic performance with full focus and full risk.
“Without any doubt, this is our address.”
In the European Championships, the first team ran like a machine in all three rounds, all the way to the most technically demanding highlights: for example, in “Wander-Roundabout”, here the lady runs on one arm in a squat position around the man who spins and moves in Space is thrown in the middle with “Bodenwischern” – everything in very tight spaces between pairs and changing composition images. Or the stirrer, which is a floor rotation in which the lady rotates on her axis up to 18 times on one bent leg. Bremen residents do this at a phenomenal pace. In the European Championship final, however, they kept their perfect streaks and synchronization and eventually scored 36.56 out of a possible 40 points: “We showed consistent performances from lap to lap, without any doubt that this is our title,” said Rabban. Putki after the victory.
In front of an audience of millions at RTL Dance Show “Let’s Dance”
The 23-year-old had already gained experience in the Bundesliga and DM with the B-team at GGC – most recently as a captain. He was finally called up to the first team in February 2021. After just a few weeks, he sang with him in front of an audience of millions on the RTL dance show “Let’s Dance” – a public appearance was important for the dancers, who were unable to get any training in competition at that time due to The aura. In November, the first team won the German championship in Bremerhaven with Westallgäuer – in December, the world championship in front of a local audience.
Take a break now – then defend your title again
Next goals? First of all, take a short summer break and catch your breath before the start of preparations for the following international tournaments: dancers train 15-20 hours a week, and in the hot stage before competitions it will be 30-40 hours – all in tandem with work, studies or education. In November, the title will be defended at the DM in Bremen, in December at the World Championships – again in Vienna.