Dancers are hot to trot in Canberra

RISING STARS: Ballroom dancers Berkley Wood and Sam Brown out on the floor. Picture: DANCESPORTPHOTO.NET

RISING STARS: Ballroom dancers Berkley Wood and Sam Brown out on the floor. Picture: DANCESPORTPHOTO.NET

BENDIGO ballroom dancers burned the floor at the National Capital Dancesport Championships in Canberra last weekend, returning with a swag of trophies.

Sheldon Gilbert and his Melbourne-based partner Sonja Budisa wowed the judges with their routines, taking out the adult rising star standard ballroom division.

Gilbert then teamed with Bendigo partner Gemma Maillard for the adult B-grade new vogue section, making it through the rounds and semi-finals before finishing third in the final.

Bendigo youngster Berkley Wood, 10, shone in the juvenile age division, dancing with Sam Brown from Shepparton.

The pair won both B-grade new vogue and standard ballroom, and were second in B-grade latin.

Stepping up to the juvenile open section, they were again in hot form and were awarded third place for their new vogue and standard performances.

"To be out in front of international judges and judges who hadn't seen them before was an awesome experience," said Berkley's mum, Clare Wood.

Matthew and Nicola Foxwell, from Bendigo, also enjoyed a successful weekend, picking up six first placings in the junior recreational division.

They were the only competitors in their section, but danced extremely well and were deserved winners.

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