Dancers compete in Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championship

NOT THE DAB: Ian Wadsley and Anna Zhans dance up a storm at the 2017 Tasmanian Dance sport Championship. Picture: Scott Gelston
NOT THE DAB: Ian Wadsley and Anna Zhans dance up a storm at the 2017 Tasmanian Dance sport Championship. Picture: Scott Gelston

Couples glided across the floor as they vied for a place, $25,000 prize money, at the Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championship finals on Saturday.

DANCING QUEEN: Gemma Maillard and Sheldon Gilbert dance up a storm in the Adult Open Standard semi final at the 2017 Tasmanian Dance sport Championship. Picture: Scott Gelston

DANCING QUEEN: Gemma Maillard and Sheldon Gilbert dance up a storm in the Adult Open Standard semi final at the 2017 Tasmanian Dance sport Championship. Picture: Scott Gelston

About 240 couples boogied to the best of their abilities during the day before the fortunate few couples were asked to dance in the semi-finals and finals into the night.

Under the watchful eye of the adjudicators, including nine time Professional World Latin Dance Champion Bryan Watson, aspiring and professional dancers took to the floor to impress in a variety of styles.

Mr Watson encouraged competitors to try again in future competitions if they did not walk away with a title.

Watson returned as a guest adjudicator for his second Tasmanian dance competition, joining judges from across the country.

“Last year, I came for the [Tasmanian] devils. This year, I came back for the dancers,” Mr Watson said.

The judges wanted to see dancers leave their hearts and passion on the dance floor, he said.

Event organiser Andrew Palmer said, in his Chairman’s Welcome, “To the dancers who have once again shown their support and travelled far and wide, I truly hope you all have the most amazing time here with us in our beautiful city of Launceston”.

“I hope you have time to travel across our island state because I believe it is the most stunning place in the world,” Mr Palmer said.

The night started with a performance by guest artist electric violinist Sally Cooper, who has been performing with major Australian orchestras since she was nine-years-old.

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman was among the guests watching the dancers.