The Hodgman Liberal Government has a goal to attract 1.5 million tourists a year by 2020 and events like the Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championships make a big contribution to reaching this goal.

The 2015 Tasmanian Open DanceSport Championships runs over two days in Launceston, with the championship showcase being held at the Silverdome on Saturday evening.

It is the only event of its stature in Tasmania offering local dancers a professional and nationally recognised event to compete in and draws an audience of over 1400 people, including over 500 interstate competitors and supporters from across Australia.

It is the only competition across Australia to offer prize money to all amateur competitors across all abilities and ages groups giving us a unique edge over other State events, and the total pool of prize money is the second largest in Australia.

This event, which has been running for around 30 years, has grown from an audience of 200 in 2009 to an audience exceeding 1 400 at last year’s championship.

The event offers Tasmanian audiences the chance to experience a display of this sport at its highest level, as well as opportunities for people of all ages to become involved in dancesport as social and competitive dancers.

The Tasmanian Government, through Events Tasmania, has provided funding to the Tasmanian DanceSport Open since the 2009 event, with the current agreement providing support of $20,000 for each event through to 2016.

The Dancesport Championships is an important part of the State Government’s Major Event Partnerships focus on events around the state during winter.

This program includes the Dark Mofo festival in June, Festival of Voices in July, and continues with these championships and the Junction Arts Festival in September, both held in Launceston.

The Hawthorn Football Club games at Aurora Stadium and North Melbourne Football Club games at Blundstone Arena in Hobart are also an important feature of the winter events program.
Michael Ferguson, Liberal Member for Bass