Dust off your dance shoes, Dancesport comes to Darwin Outgames
For one day only, Casaurina Secondary College turns over its school hall to host the dancesport component of Darwin Outgames.
Stephen Farrawell coordinator of the dancesport event described today’s competition as a hugely successful event.
“We’ve had a great turn out,” Farrawell told GNN. “We have couples from every state (apart from Queensland) and couples from New Zealand and Germany competing. There are over 50 couples in all, and they all seem very supportive of each other, so it’s turning out to be a friendly competition."
Farrawell, who teaches dancesport in the Northern Territory, had not encountered a same-sex dancesport competition until becoming involved in the Outgames. “This is a first for me,” he said. Nonetheless Farrawell admitted he’s impressed with some of the technique shown on the dance floor.
“It’s not quite on par with competitive dancing, but some take it very seriously and some obviously do it for fun and the social aspect of meeting people and having a good time, but there is some unique talent on the dance floor.”
Farrawell said he was chuffed by the camaraderie of the competitors. “Many of them obviously know each other and everyone is being very supportive, so the atmosphere is fantastic.”
In recent years dancesport has seen a resurgence, due in no small part to TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. Farrawell agreed they have brought ballroom dance back into fashion.
“They’ve gotten people talking about dance again and it give dancesport more visibility and it’s a very small industry, so anything like that is great.”
Whilst Farrawell hoped competitors had a great time on the dancefloor he also hoped by competing at the Outgames in Darwin, they would have the chance to gain a greater understanding of life at the Top End.
“It would be great if people could come to Darwin and get an appreciation of our culture and lifestyle,” he said.
You can see all the results from today’s dancesport competition at dancesportlive.net