The prestigious Australian DanceSport Championship will be held this year from December 8-10, at Hisense Arena, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne. Entering its 72nd year is a milestone achievement for the “Aussies” as the event is affectionately labelled; a new era has begun for an event with an exceptional history that commenced in 1945 at Melbourne Town Hall.
The “Australian” is not only the premier DanceSport event in Australia but remains one of the key events on the international circuit and within the Oceanic region. This year, athletes from over 20 countries will travel to Australia to take part in this annual event. This provides Australian athletes with the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best on home soil and for Australian audiences to witness the skill, glamour and athleticism of world-class DanceSport.
This year’s DanceSport Showcase will feature World Standard Champions Benedetto Ferruggia and Claudia Koehler, who last wowed Australian audiences when they were successful in winning the WDSF World Championship in Standard at Hisense Arena, Melbourne in 2012.
The 2017 program will incorporate two feature nights with Ferruggia and Koehler in demonstration both Saturday and Sunday evening. Other feature events include the Australian Closed Latin and Standard, which selects Australia’s World representative, and the World-Class WDSF Open Standard and Latin.
The Grand Finals Showcase over two feature nights promises a spectacular opening set to thrill, as well as an exciting program incorporating the Junior Open, Youth Open, Professional Open, Masters 1 Open, Australian Adult and the WDSF Open events.
Natalie Lonsdale from the Australian Dancing Society says, “We are getting very excited in the lead up to the Australian DanceSport Championship as we prepare to welcome Australia’s and some of the World’s best couples to Melbourne, which features the current World Standard Champions Benedetto Ferruggia and Claudia Koehler, who will perform a demonstration in both Saturday and Sunday Grand Final nights. I encourage everyone to come along and see the best DanceSport dancers in the world!”
Overall, this year’s competition promises to be fierce and the dancing hot as couples compete to take out the 2017 Australian titles and dance against the best in the world. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au. For more information, head to www.theaustralianchampionship.com.au.
Want to personally experience the glitz and glamour as the stars of DanceSport kick up their heels at the 72nd Australian DanceSport Championship? Dance Informa is excited to offer three lucky Dance Informa readers the chance to attend Saturday, December 9. Winners receive two A Reserve tickets, valued at $190. They’ll also receive Day/Evening passes, which means they can attend at any stage during the day and evening, or for the entire day/evening schedule.
To enter to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: Which year did Benedetto Ferruggia and Claudia Koehler win the WDSF World Championship in Standard at Hisense Arena? Title your email entry “72nd Australian DanceSport Championship Giveaway” and include your full name, your date of birth, your mailing address and your contact number. This competition opens Friday, November 3, 2017, and closes Monday, November 27, 2017.