1 May 2018
Australia’s largest line dance festival and the largest in the southern hemisphere dances into Tamworth this week, with over 800 visitors expected for The Australian Country Dance Festival – “Mayworth” . With 7 States and territories of Australia represented and dancers from 8 countries registered to take part in the four and a half day event.
The event is made up of Workshops catering for beginners to advanced dancers, a touch of West Coast swing , some two stepping and even rockabilly , Socials throughout the day and evening, choreography competitions, vendors selling boots, western jewellery and more plus the southern hemispheres largest line dance competition and the only event in Australia and New Zealand where dancers can qualify to compete at worlds.
“The qualifying competition is amazing to watch, we are very proud of our Australian dancers, because of Mayworth and this event we have numerous World champions , who have a world title or a few world titles under their belt. Competitions run Thursday from 3:30pm , Friday-Sunday 8am-4:30pm and we encourage spectators to come along and watch. It is amazing to see the best of the best take to the floor” Said Chris Watson event director. Cost for spectators start from just $5.
With a huge line up of instructors featuring some of the worlds best instructors from all over Australia and international instructors include: Roy Verdonk (Netherlands) , Fed Whitehouse (UK), Jose Billoque Vane (Netherlands) Plus a line up of some of Australia’s best!
“I am so excited to be in Australia and to be part of an event that is so well known worldwide, I can’t wait to meet the dancers and visit Tamworth” Said Roy Verdonk instructor and Judge from the Netherlands.
The average stay of the visitors is a 5 night stay with many coming in early to see Travis Collins perform on Wednesday night. “An event like Mayworth has such a great economic impact on Tamworth, flights are full, coach groups have booked and with so many people staying in the city for between 4 and 5 nights the tourism and income generated will have a great impact on the city” Said Chris Watson event director.
The Event also has a side of music to it with Travis Collins , Adam Harvey, Heartland and Dan Murphy performing throughout the weekend, “I attend events Australia and worldwide but this event takes the cake, the wider dance community unites to dance in Tamworth, to socialise and celebrate how great this sport is. I cannot wait” Said Maddison Glover multiple Australian Line Dancer Award winner.