Is there a web-site that lists the current top dancers in each category? I'm interested in the names of the top International Standard Couple and International Latin (I think Yulia ? and her partner?). Thank you.
Actually, dancesportinfo.net is the best rating (not ranking) list out there. The ranking lists (that I actually know about) are based on how many comps you do and how you place. The dancesportinfo rating is similar to that used in chess rating and it doesn't really rely on how many comps you do but, as I understand it, more on how you place against other couples and the size and importance of the competition, i.e. the competition rating.
This does bring up an interesting subject since it seems to me that a rating ranking list should only be based on how competitors do with respect to one another not what comp they dance at. However, I rely on the dancesportinfo list.
Keep in mind that the IDSF rankings have a huge amount to do with how much you can afford to travel to as many IDSF comps as you can since the points are additive. The more comps you earn points at, the higher your ranking. Yes, you get more points at a comp if you place higher but it doesn't make sense to rank people by how MANY comps they do.
Its a tough one - you need a function that does both. For example what if couple A wins one comp in their own country and couple B come second in 30 comps all over the world. With the current system couple B will rank higher but if the number of comps were not a factor couple A would. Its tough to decide which is more important.
Many people take the results at just a few top competitions, such as Blackpool, to determine the actual world ranking. That may be the best since the top couples have to compete there to establish status. Of course, that is basically how the danesportinfo system works as it 'weights' competitions according to the average ability of the competitors.
Personally I like the dancesportinfo method as it gives credit according to the level of competition. It also permits the evaluation fo competitions themselves by calculating a value that represents the field.