The Queensland ballroom champions burn up the dancefloor.
The Queensland ballroom champions burn up the dancefloor. Supplied

Duo quickstep around the world

GLAMOROUS costumes – check. Dancing shoes – check. World-class moves – check.

The only thing missing for this king and queen of the dance floor are the flights to their next ballroom competition.

Rockhampton couple Justin Sharrock, 22, and Amy Westbrook, 26, will showcase their dancing skills to raise money for their next contest in Osaka, Japan.

The second-placed Australian ballroom pair are appealing for Rocky support at the Dance Extravaganza they will hold at Rockhampton State High School on Saturday, May 28.

They will also raffle a big-screen television, which the winners can use to watch the couple in their quest to become the world's best ballroom dancers.

Justin is dancing in the footsteps of his parents, John and Lynette, who danced competitively for 10 years and were also Queensland champions.

John said his nimble-footed son could reverse waltz at the age of two.

While Justin knew he was destined for ballroom greatness from a young age, Amy's dancing shoes tell a different tale.

The ballroom beauty went to Manderson's Dance Centre to learn a few basic steps for her brother's wedding a few years ago.

And she got more than bargained for.

After falling head over heels for ballroom she was caught by Justin and they've been dancing to the rhythm of their hearts for the last four years.

In the process they have cemented themselves nationally and internationally on the dance floor for their signature 10-dance, which includes the waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, samba, cha cha, rumba, paso doble and jive. Together they have won numerous awards competing in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Vienna.

And for good reason, with the couple clocking up 20 hours of practice each week.

For more information about the event email Amy at amywestbrook7@gmail.com.

DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA

What: Ballroom dancers Amy Westbrook and Justin Sharrock will showcase their award-winning moves. There will also be a social dance.

Where: Rockhampton State High School

When: May 28, 2011

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12.



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