Matthew Potter and Talysa Travallion will wow audiences this weekend. Photo Contributed
Matthew Potter and Talysa Travallion will wow audiences this weekend. Photo Contributed Contributed

Champs take to the stage in Tyalgum Spectacular

THE competition is heating up for the Tyalgum Spectacular this Saturday with national champions hitting the stage.

Just this weekend competitors Jarrod and Jayne Dawson won the Open New Vouge Championship at the East Coast Classic Dancesport Championships held in Sydney.

Things are looking to be truly spectacular this weekend for the Spectacular.

My Daily News spoke with ballroom dancer Matthew Potter who is currently ranked third in Australia for his sport with partner Talysa Travallion.

The dynamic duo will touch down later this week and are ready to compete.

The 25 year old has been dancing since he was nine, thanks to the influence from his parents dancing school.

"I wasn't interested at all until one time I missed the soccer tryouts that season and didn't know what else to do so my mum suggested I try and come to the class," he said.

"I fought her on that for a few days

"I wasn't interested at all in the beginning, but I gave it a go and then found it kind of challenging and fun, and since then I suppose I've never looked back."

Currently ranking number three in the country is not easy, especially when you have a new partner.

Potter and Travallion have only been dancing together since the beginning of the year but in the short amount of time they have achieved a lot.

"We danced the British Open Championships in May at the winter gardens in Blackpool and ended up in the top 50," he said.

"Our first try, which we were very happy about, as not many people get to that after years of hard work and that's the most prominent competition in the world.

"So I guess we are off to a great start you could say."

Potter is no stranger to Tyalgum, he has visited before to see his brother and he does not mind the area at all.

"It has to be probably one of the most peaceful places I've ever been to and the people always seem to be very happy there...it gives you a nice feeling being there," he said.

The duo will hit the stage on Saturday but would not reveal what they will be showing to the crowd.

"I don't want to spoil too much," he said.

"But we will be performing our five dances that we do in the competitions but with some changes, of course, to make it more individual for the show."

Dinner and show packages for the Tyalgum Dance Spectacular on Saturday, November 10 at 8pm are priced from $80 per person, including a two-course pre-show dinner at Flutterbies Cottage Café from 6pm (NSW time). Show only tickets are priced at $50. For bookings, phone 02-6679 3787 or email contact@heartsaflameproductions.com.



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