The world’s toughest dance show returns to SA

2016-05-26 06:00
 Photo: supplied A scene from the show.

Photo: supplied A scene from the show.

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BURN The Floor, the show that revolutionised the image of dance, returns to South Africa, its “home away from home”, for the fourth time: performing in the Opera Theatre of The South African State Theatre in Pretoria from April 27 to May 15; the Baxter Theatre at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from May 19 to June 5; and the iZulu Theatre at the Sibaya Casino in Durban from June 8 to 19.

The original concept of Burn The Floor grew from an electric display of ballroom and Latin dancing at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party in London, March 1997.

There, producer Harley Medcalf, discovered the ballroom dance world and its charismatic people, with their deep intensity, commitment, discipline, burning passion and total love of the ballroom art form.

Initially, Medcalf’s idea of a new theatrical ballroom production sent shock waves through the ballroom dancing establishment. For decades, ballroom competitions had been performed behind closed doors, as a pastime for the privileged... and well before reality television embraced it with such shows as Dancing with The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing

The show Burn The Floor opened in England in 1999. A decade later, after visiting thirty countries and over one hundred and sixty cities worldwide, it achieved its long standing dream, to bring Ballroom to Broadway - appearing at the Longacre Theatre in New York, followed by two hugely successful seasons in London’s West End.

Burn The Floor today remains focused on its ballroom origins, but this new edition to be seen in South Africa, the “gloriously sinful” Burn The Floor: Fire in The Ballroom, choreographed and directed by Peta Roby, has more surprises in store and promises to blow the roof off the theatre! It has the same rebellious spirit as the previous editions, though more daring with a theatrical rock angle – including music from Santana, Janis Joplin, Christine Aguilera and Led Zeppelin.

Burn The Floor has the reputation of being the world’s toughest dance show and the dancers are handpicked to embrace a new Latin American feel. The international cast of dance champions now includes the sensational South Africans, Johannes Radebe and Kylee Brown.

Born and talent nurtured in South Africa, Johannes Radebe started dancing at the age of seven. He is the current reigning South African National Ballroom and Latin American Champion and is a season dance trainer for the TV production Strictly Come Dancing SA. Radebe recently became a very recognisable figure in South Africa when he and his celebrity partner, Capetonian Leigh-Anne Williams, were the runners-up in the 2015 season of the TV show.

Kylee Brown was born in Pretoria and started dancing at the age of eight. Brown is the undefeated WDC South Africa Under 21 Latin Champion. In 2011 she won the Under 21 WDC World Latin Championships and the highlight of her dancing career to date was winning the Under 21 Open British Latin Championship in Blackpool in 2012.

Burn The Floor: Fire in The Ballroom is brought to South Africa in 2016 by Dance Partner Productions, in association with The South African State Theatre and Bernard Jay.

Tickets for the South African tour in 2016 are now on sale at Computicket. Visit www.computicket.com, call 0861 915 8000 or purchase your tickets at any Checkers, Shoprite or CheckersHyper stores.

For block bookings and group discounts for the Durban run, contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: editor.goingplacessa@gmail.com, or 0832502690.

The trailer video and be viewed on YouTube.

- Supplied

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