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Dancing duo stuns judges with incredible legwork in theatrical samba

September 14th, 2020

Dancing has come a long way through the ages.

The world has adapted various dance cultures from different countries, and for decades now, people have held professional dance competitions to determine the best dancers from all around the globe.

In fact, the particular duo we’re talking about have dominated the Latin Dance category for consecutive years.

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Riccardo Cocchi is an Italian professional dancer with a 10-time championship record in the Latin Dance category along with his partner Yulia Zagoruychenko.

They have been dancing together since 2007 and have bagged plenty of trophies from small and big dancing competitions. The duo won their first World Championship title in 2010 and continued with their undefeated streak. They represent the United States during the World Professional Latin dance and they have become one giants in the Latin category.

In 2016, they showcased their skills in Paris that left the audience awed!

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The World Dance Council (WDC) hosted an international event in Paris, France with 120 competition events and over 2100 competitors.

That night, the World champion duo of Riccardo and Yulia made a special appearance to perform a show dance of Samba and Paso Doble along with other renowned dancers around the world.

Yulia took center stage for a few seconds and was already charming the audience with her moves.

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Yulia was wearing a bright-pink frilled dress and went to the dance floor alone as soon as the music started.

The first few seconds were slow but she skillfully interpreted the rhythm with her body as well as nailing every abrupt timing for her steps. About a minute after, her partner Riccardo joined her and playfully danced along to the song. They even made the room reverberate with laughter from their silly movements.

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The song that they danced into was a recreated version of Carmen Miranda’s “Tico Tico.”

A minute into the song, the tempo suddenly increased, but Yulia and Riccardo easily matched pace with their electrifying series of Samba routine. The duo skillfully showed their fast-paced and graceful footwork that would make anyone impressed by how they pulled it off.

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The excited crowd cheered for the duo as they slid around the dancefloor!

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With Riccardo and Yulia’s impressive synchronization, they took Samba dancing to a whole new level with a series of swivels and spins all the while trotting across the wide dance floor.

They continued to wow the audience with their exhilarating movements that most would wonder how they are not exhausted yet. The crowd showed their excitement by clapping along with the beat and cheering at the same time.

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The video of the performance was uploaded by Marius Mutin and the clip racked up 11 million views on YouTube.

The duo’s fans from all around the world left heartfelt compliments on the comment section after they were starstruck watching their performance.

It was time for them to pass the glory to the other skilled dancers in the world!

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The duo announced their retirement from professional dancing last year in October.

The duo called in their retirement after they were renowned as the current World Latin Dance champions for 10 consecutive years.

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However, they have no plans to move on from dancing.

Riccardo and Yulia just recently worked on an interactive dance instructional app that was just released on Android and to the Apple Store. This app could inspire more aspiring dancers to develop their skills by learning from the best!

Watch the full performance in the link below:

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Sources: YouTube/Marius Mutin, Rydance

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