Dance-off hits Jupiters
than 600 dancers hope to outshine Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as they light up the dancefloor at Jupiters Hotel & Casino for Dancesport this weekend. Now in its 13th year, the ballroom dancing championships will feature amateur and professional Australian and New Zealand couples taking to the floor with their partners to showcase their fast and flashy style and skill.
Organiser Denise Telfer says the competition’s diverse styles – standard, Latin American and new vogue – ensure ballroom dancing is not only for competitors.
She says TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have increased spectator interest in Dancesport.
‘‘Spectators will enjoy the different styles of dance,’’ Telfer says.
‘‘My favourite is the Latin, which is to faster music.
‘‘There are lots of diamantes. The costumes are no longer the Ginger Rogerstype puffy dresses.’’
The 2013 event has five age categories – juvenile, junior, youth, adult and masters – and Telfer says top ballroom professionals have flocked from across the country to vie for the Dancesport crowns.
Spectators can secure reserved tiered seating on Saturday and Sunday. Doors open 8.30am both days, with competitors taking to the dancefloor from 9.30am.
Tickets are $60 adults and $47 children and seniors.