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Davide Gabusi

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Born: July 20, 1968
Hometown: Bologna, Italy
Current location: Bologna, Italy
Current status:

Davide Gabusi is a multi-time Italian International Style Latin Champion and is a 5-time Italian National Champion in the Filuzziane. Davide is known for organizing the prestigious Bologna Open - Trofeo Numero Uno for over 23 years. Currently, he is an adjudicator for the Federazione Italiana Danza Sportiva (FIDS) and World DanceSport Federation (WDSF).


From 1979 to 1982, Davide Gabusi was trained in the style of Jazz with various partners, winning the Italian Championship of 1981. In 1982, he began his journey together with Claudia Tavalazzi as a DanceSport competitor. Together, from 1986 to 1990, they took 5 Italian National Titles dancing the Filuzziane. They also became the 1990 Lambada Italian National Champions and took the eighth place at the 1991 IDO World Championship. The couple soon went on to discover the competitive Ballroom Dancing disciplines.

Dance Education

For 6 years, Davide privately studied classical dance with Sandra Olgiati and Gianna Naldini, a modern classical dance teacher and choreographer of the Volinine Academy in Paris. Such training allowed Davide, as a DanceSport athlete, to win various Italian Championships including the Italian Cup (Class A), the 1991 Italian Championship (International Class), and the 1991 "Unified Federations" Italian Championship in the Latin American division.

During his Latin American competitive career, Davide has worked, studied and learned technique, choreography and all basics of this discipline with Lynn Harman, the former World and multi-time Blackpool Champion - the only teacher with whom a constant learning program was continued, one that began in 1991 and has not yet concluded.

Davide had the pleasure of working with some of the best Italian teachers in the industry including Viviana Bevini, Mauro Vispi, Piero Gai, Carolyn Smith, Tino Michielotto, Sergio Cogno, Anna Bruno, Tonino Camporesi, Loredana Camporesi and Andrea Paviniani.

Having taken technical and artistic lessons with the most qualified teachers in the world were also fundamental in his growth as not only a Latin dancer, but as an instructor as well. Peter Maxwell, Espen Salberg, Michael Stylianos and Lorna Lee, Alan and Hazel Fletcher, Ruud Vermeij, Peter Townsend, Carol MacRaild, Pam McGill, Pat Thompson, and Robert and Helen Richey were some of the famous souls that have contributed greatly to the improvement achieved by Davide in his career.

On behalf of the Standard dances, Davide worked with Robin Short, Len Armstrong, Kenny Welsh, Robert and Barbara Grover, and Michael and Vicky Barr as well as the Italian teachers Giordano and Katia Vanone and Giancarlo and Luisa Barbieri.

Competitive Success Continues

For 10 consecutive years, Davide was a finalist in the Italian Professional Latin American Championship from 1992 to 2002. He went on to represent Italy in the South American ShowDance Championship as well as in various 10 Dance Championships. He was a Rising Star finalist in some of the most prestigious competitions in Italy and abroad including in the United Kingdom, Miami, South Africa, Los Angeles, and Tampa. He was a Rising Star finalist at the German Open Championships, International Championship, and Blackpool Dance Festival.

Davide became the Latin American Rising Star Champion at the UK Open Championships as well as at the Italian Open Dance Championship of Feinda, Italy. He also took 7th place at the European Latin Championship.


Davide Gabusi has judged the National Italian Championships of the Federazione Italiana Danza Sportiva (FIDS) every year since 1992. He has also been invited to adjudicate the most prestigious competitions in Italy as well as abroad.

Competition Organizer

Gabusi has organized the Bologna Open - Trofeo Numero Uno for 16 consecutive years up to 2009. He then devoted from 2010 onward, to the organization of the international event known as the "San Marino DanceSport Festival" which takes place in the Republic of San Marino. In 2011, he resumed organizing the Bologna Open which has now been run for over 23 years.


As a Competitor

  • 10 Year Consecutive Finalist of the Italian Professional Latin Championship (1992 - 2002)
  • South American ShowDance Vice-Champion (2001)
  • Feinda Italian Open Vice-Champion (2000)
  • National Italian 10 Dance Vice-Champion (1999)
  • 3rd Place: Blackpool Professional Latin Rising Star Championship (1999)
  • 4th Place: Blackpool Professional Latin Rising Star Championship (1998)
  • Feinda Italian Open Champion (1998)
  • 3rd Place: 10 Dance Championship (1998)
  • UK Open Professional Latin Rising Star Champion (1998)
  • 6th Place: World Trophy in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998)
  • International Italian Champion (1998)
  • 4th Place: Internationally Classified Championship (1997)
  • South African Vice-Champion (1996)
  • 4th Place: Dutch Open (1996)
  • 18th Place: European Championship (1995)
  • Italian Latin Vice-Champion (1995)
  • South American ShowDance Vice-Champion (1994)
  • USA Open Vice-Champion (1994)
  • Italian Open Vice-Champion (1994)
  • 5th Place: Paris International Championship (1993)
  • 4th Place: USA Open Championship (1993)
  • 7th Place: European Latin Championship
  • "Unified Federations" Italian Champion (1991)
  • Italian (International Class) Latin Champion (1991)
  • Italian Cup (Class A) Latin Champion
  • 8th Place: IDO World Championship (1991)
  • Italian National Lambada Champion (1990)
  • 5-time Italian National Filuzziane Champion (1986 - 1990)
  • Italian Champion (1981)

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