Mayworth line-dancing festival kicks-off in Tamworth

JUST FOR KICKS: The 15th annual Mayworth line-dancing event is expected to bring more than 800 people to the country music capital. Photo: Gareth Gardner 050517GGB01
JUST FOR KICKS: The 15th annual Mayworth line-dancing event is expected to bring more than 800 people to the country music capital. Photo: Gareth Gardner 050517GGB01

TAMWORTH will potentially play host to the next line-dancing world champion as the best bootscooters kicking around make tracks to Wests Leagues Club.

This is the 15th year of the Mayworth line-dancing event with 350 competitors making their way to the country music capital from at least seven states around the nation for the hoedown.

Organiser Chris Watson said the quality of the dancing has improved, over recent years, since it became only event in Australia for dancers to qualify for the world championships.

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“This will bring 800-to-1000 people to town,” Mr Watson said.

“It’s not the biggest, but we’ve seen it increase over the last two years.”

This year’s event will feature international choreographers Fred Whitehouse, from the United Kingdom, as well as Roy Verdonk and Jose Miguel Belloque Vane from the Netherlands.

He said the styles have branched-out over time too with dances choreographed to Pink, to the latest Celine Dion, Shania Twain and other country, pop and old rock acts.

As well as the competition aspect, there will also be workshops and social dancing incorporated into the event.

Mr Watson said line-dancing was also great for the spectators and the local economy.

“There’s so much revenue that flows from it,” Mr Watson said.

“Hotels and caravan parks will get a lot of bookings.

“We know the visitors come for an average five-night stay in Tamworth.”

The Mayworth line-dancing event kicks-off on Thursday and runs until Sunday.

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