Australia’s largest line dance festival and the largest in the southern hemisphere dances into Tamworth this week, with over 700 visitors expected for The Australian Country Dance Festival – “Mayworth”.
Seven states and territories of Australia represented and dancers from six countries including United Kingdom, Spain, USA, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan & New Zealand are registered to take part in the four-and-half-day event that will run from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 May.
The festival is made up of workshops, catering for beginners to advanced dancers and offers a touch of West Coast swing, some two stepping and even Texas swing, social dancing throughout the day and evening and choreography competitions. There will also be vendors selling boots, western jewellery and more.
Events will take place at Moonshiners Honky Tonk Bar and the main events will be held at West Tamworth Leagues Club. Mayworth is the only event in Australia and New Zealand where dancers can qualify to compete at Worlds.
The event also has a great line up of live music with Travis Collins and Ashleigh Dallas performing as part of the weekend and free live entertainment to include Dan Murphy & Murphy’s Law as well Fatman Don’t Dance.
Mayworth Event Director, Chris Watson said: “The qualifying competition is amazing to watch, and we are very proud of our Australian dancers. Mayworth has generated numerous World Champions, who have a world title or a few world titles under their belt.
“Competitions run from Friday to Sunday at 9am-5pm and we encourage spectators to come along and watch. It is amazing to see the best of the best take to the floor.”
Cost for spectators start from just $5.
The huge line up of instructors, including some of the world’s best include Rachael McEnaney White (USA) Shane McKeever (Ireland) Daniel Trepat (Netherlands) plus a line-up of some of Australia’s finest!
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” added Mr. Watson.
Maddison Glover, multiple Australian Line Dancer Award Winner said: “I attend events Australian 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.”
The event kicks off officially on Thursday, 2 May 2019 – Media footage of the event available on all days from 10am Thursday.