Coffs' champions of dance

FORGET Dancing with the Stars, meet Coffs Harbour’s very own champions of dance.

Local couple David and Irena Brooks have been crowned king and queen of the dancefloor after competing at the National Capital Dancesport Championships – one of the most prestigious events on the Australian dancesport calendar.

Strutting their stuff against more than 850 competitors in Canberra, David and Irena took out first place in the masters two and open new vogue categories, impressing the judges with their waltz, foxtrot, tango, Viennese waltz, quickstep and variety of new vogue dances.

“While the weather was cold, the competition was hot,” Irena said.

“The standard once again was very high and the days very long, but our dedicated training regime for such events proved fruitful and produced a wonderful end result.

“At times we did become fatigued over the 12 hours, after all, that’s a lot of dancing, especially when you have to perform at your

peak each time you hit the dance floor in order to be good enough to make the final cut of six couples. Winning was certainly the icing on the cake.”

The couple said coaches Steven Galdona and Jody Newcomb, from Quatermass in Queensland, were very proud of their achievements and acknowledge their combined hard work and dedication to dancesport.

They now have their sights set on the next event, the Australian championships.

“This is a fantastic result for Irena and I and keeps us on track for later in the year when we compete to retain our Australian title in December,” David said.

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