NATIONAL and international talent and dance enthusiasts will gather in Melbourne next week for the 73rd Australian DanceSport Championship.
The competition will see more than 1000 ballroom athletes take to the stage at Melbourne Arena for three days, from December 7 to 9.
Professional, adult and junior couples, and individual and teacher-student pairings, will compete and perform in various categories throughout the three days.
Winners will represent the country at all world championships in 2019.
The Bendigo Advertiser has five double passes to give away to the final day of the competition – December 9, from 8.30am until the end of the evening session.
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Five winners will be drawn at random on Thursday, December 6.
The Australian DanceSport Championship is organised by the Australian Dancing Society and run under the governing rules of DanceSport Australia.
It allows participants of all levels and all ages to compete in standard ballroom, Latin American and new vogue dance styles. It has divisions to cater for all abilities.
This year’s championship will host its first exhibit of wheelchair ballroom dancing.
Australian Dancing Society managing director Adam Blakey said DanceSport was a complex competitive sport.
“DanceSport is a confluence of so many disciplines – the ultimate test of physical strength, agility, coordination, stamina, discipline, teamwork, grace, style and musical interpretations,’’ he said.
“However as an industry we are welcoming dancers of all abilities as we strive to make DanceSport a more inclusive.”
The Australian Para DanceSport display will welcome two West Australian athletes alongside their teachers, to perform a range of standard and Latin styles.
World Latin Para Dance Champions and Pilipinas Got Talent runners-up, Julius Obero and Rhea Marqez, will treat visitors to an astounding floor show on the second and third day of the championship.
Internationally-celebrated German dance superstars Pavel Zvychaynyy and Oxana Lebedew will also perform.
The duo is ranked sixth in the world in the professional Latin category.
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