Dancers sweep into Launceston

Sigurdur Thor Sigurdsson, of Iceland, practising with Lily Cornish and Jake Lachter before today’s Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championships. Picture: MARK JESSER

Sigurdur Thor Sigurdsson, of Iceland, practising with Lily Cornish and Jake Lachter before today’s Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championships. Picture: MARK JESSER

THE Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championships will be held today, giving dancers young and old the opportunity to take home a slice of the $25,000 prizemoney.

Organiser Andrew Palmer said that while entrants from overseas and across Australia would provide some stiff competition, Tasmanians stood a good chance of taking out some of the events.

‘‘There are so many talented kids that come out of Tasmania, they train hard, and they deserve to do very well, and they’re right up there with the best in Australia,’’ he said.

‘‘We have the top 12 couples from Australia all competing, so anything could happen on the day.’’

Entrants have come from as far afield as Iceland.

Icelandic competitor Sigurdur Thor Sigurdsson said yesterday that he and his partner Annalisa Zoanetti were feeling confident they could dance well in the adult open Latin competition.

‘‘Everything is sort of gelling well now and everything is settled,’’ he said. ‘‘We just got brand-new choreography and everything is going like a dream.’’

Competitors range in age from four to 84, and compete in Latin American, ballroom and new vogue categories in different age divisions.

The DanceSport Championships will be held at the Silverdome from 9am. Tickets are available at the door.

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