Dance-off hits Jupiters

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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.

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