National dancesport coach Ross Heidke puts Coffs Harbour dancers David and Irena Brooks through their paces.
National dancesport coach Ross Heidke puts Coffs Harbour dancers David and Irena Brooks through their paces.

Couple ready to show they?re dancing stars



WHEN Coffs Harbour's David and Irena Brooks take to the floor at the National Capital DanceSport Championships in Canberra on June 24, it won't just be family and friends hoping for a positive result.

"I think this year is going to be their year," leading national coach Ross Heidke said.

Mr Heidke was in Coffs Harbour last the weekend for a special two-day coaching session for local ballroom dancers, including David and Irena.

It was the first time Mr Heidke, who is based in Brisbane but does most of his top-level professional coaching in Melbourne, had come to Coffs Harbour for a coaching session. He was 'pleasantly surprised' by the standard shown by the local dancers.

"I get to work with David and Irena a lot, as they come up to Brisbane, but I've been impressed with the level of dancing shown (by the other couples)," Mr Heidke said.

He said there had been a resurgence in popularity of ballroom dancing thanks to the television series Dancing With The Stars.

"Because they have had footballers and sportspeople on Dancing With The Stars, there has been a lot of young people coming to the sport," he said. "They realise that it is physically very difficult but they also see that you can have a lot of fun, especially with the Latin dancing, and from the man's perspective you get to hold the girl, not dance two feet away from her."

While David and Irena have made it to the semi-final at national level in the past, Mr Heidke believes this year will see greater success.

They are a strong couple. There is no reason why this year they shouldn't be national finalists," Mr Heidke said.

As for David and Irena, they were thankful for the chance to polish up ahead of Canberra.

"You think you are doing all right and then Ross comes along and points out all the things you are doing wrong," David said.



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