Rhett Salmon and April McMahon.
Rhett Salmon and April McMahon. Tweed Daily News

Dancers eye world rank

TWEED ballroom dancer Rhett Salmon and his partner April McMahon are hoping to twirl their way to glory for Australia at an international competition next month.

After visa issues meant the couple had to return home from the UK last year, where they danced in some of the world's top competitions, the couple are looking forward to competing in the competition to be held in Hong Kong on March 29.

“This is our next chance to work our way up the ranks; there will be some amazing talent on show from all over the world,” said 23-year-old Mr Salmon.

“If we do well in Hong Kong it will mean we are in a position to head back to the UK and give that an- other go.

“We competed at Blackpool (the world's most renowned dance sport competition) last year and placed in the top 50.

“We learned a lot from our experiences over there and hope to get a better placing at Hong Kong.”

The couple, who have been dancing together for five years and rehearse at least five times a week at Mr Salmon's family studio, Danceland Ballroom in Tweed Heads, say the only thing holding them back now is finding the money to cover the cost of the trip.

“Mum and Dad (Shelley and Ray Salmon) are known on the Tweed as accomplished ballroom dancers, and we wouldn't have got as far as we have without their support and the support of the dancing community.”

Ms McMahon estimated the cost of the trip, including airfares, accommodation and new costumes would be about $5000 for both her and Mr Salmon.

“It is a lot of money to fundraise, which is why we will be running special classes to help cover the costs,” she said.

“A lot of hard work goes into being in a partnership and competing in these competitions; we are just pleased to be invited because it is a brilliant opportunity.”

The couple, who enjoy dancing the tango together, will perform a Viennese Waltz at the International Dance Sport Federation Open Standard Competition that will attract dancers from all over the world.

To help Mr Salmon and Ms McMahon achieve their goal, or for information on fundraising dance classes, phone 5536 2417 or 0415 444420.

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