Smeaton Grange's Applejax team take home top gongs in national line-dancing competition

The talented line dancers from Smeaton Grange’s Applejax have returned from Tamworth with Australian titles under their belts.

The dance troupe competed in the Australian Line Dance Championships, which is run in conjunction with the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The troupe performed in the competition from Saturday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 23.

All dancers in the various solos, duos, trios and team performances took home top gongs.

Owner of Applejax and Currans Hill’s resident Kristen Flood said she was “so proud” of the dancers.

“It is great to see all the dancers practice each week and then they go out on the competition floor and perform so well,” she said.

“One of the girls, who is 11-years-old, cried when her name was called out as the winner.

“She had never won before so it was a really big deal for her and it was nice to see her so happy.”

Ms Flood’s said anyone could line dance and her troupe had dancers aged four years old to 72 years old.

She encouraged anyone interested to give line dancing a try.

“Line dancing is nothing like what everyone thinks,” she said.

“It can include hip hop, ballroom and jazz style dancing.

“As long as the dancers are a line then it counts.”

Ms Flood said the routines were often performed to songs heard on commercial radio.

Ms Flood said the dancers choreographed their own routines or she would come up with the performance and teach the girls.

“It usually takes two weeks for the girls to perfect the dance,” she said.

Ms Flood said the next competition was in Melbourne in July and the team would be training hard to prepare for it.

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