Tasmania is ready to boogie

Tasmania is ready to boogie

More than 240 couples will waltz, cha cha and quickstep into Launceston Silverdome this weekend for the annual Tasmanian Open Dancesport Championships.

Couples from all over Australia and overseas make the journey to Tasmania each year to compete for the title of Tasmanian Champion.

Launcestons Silverdome (image: supplied)

Launceston’s Silverdome (image: supplied)

The event is the only competition of its kind in the island state, and organiser Andrew Palmer, who heads a dance studio in Launceston, calls it the highlight of his year.

“It’s the one opportunity that dancers’ have each year to come to Tasmania and strut their stuff”, he told Hatch.

Since its inception 30 years ago, the Tasmanian Dancesport Championships has built a solid following, and its audience has grown, too – from just 200 in 2009 to more than 1400 spectators at the 2016 competition.

Igor and Camille in action (image: supplied)

Igor and Camille in action (image: supplied)

Australia’s current Latin American Champions, Igor Ifliand and Camille Webb, who are now based in Hong Kong, are among the many competitors travelling to Tasmania this weekend.

Having lived abroad for the past six months, dancing for a home crowd is something they’re looking forward to.

“It’s difficult living and competing away from home and not having the support of your friends and family, but the Tassie Open will give us the chance to dance for them, and demonstrate much we’ve improved”, Ms Webb said.

“I’m originally from Russia, so I’m used to living abroad and moving around a lot for my dancing,” Mr Ilfiand said.

“But having lived in Australia for the majority of my life, dancing at any major comp there is always a privilege, and I always feel right at home”, Mr. Ifliand said.

Watch: See Igor and Camille in action at last years’ championship

Want to know more? Be sure to check out Dancesport Tasmania’s Facebook page for all the latest information, including live streaming of the evening finals.

Story by Lauren Kavanagh. Feature image supplied by Camella Carmenzuli.

Lauren Kavanagh

Lauren Kavanagh

Lauren Kavanagh is a journalism student at Macleay College in Melbourne. You can follow Lauren on twitter @laurenlkavanagh


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