When Jozi residents were enjoying ‘Burn The Floor’s’ sell-out season last year, the response from Cape Town residents was unprecedented, wanting the show to tour, thus leading to the decision that the Broadway hit production will now open its 2012 South African tour in the Mother City with a three week season from July 11 to July 29 at the Artscape Opera House.
The even better news is that South African champion dancer Keoikantse Motsepe has since joined the cast and is ready to wow local audiences as a fully-fledged member of this international dance sensation for the very first time.
Dreams certainly do come true – according to undefeated South African Latin American Champion since 2004, Keoikantse Motsepe, also known as ‘Keo’.
Keo’s dance teacher took him to see ‘Burn The Floor’ last year. At first he was a bit resistant to see the show, but it ended up being one of the best dance shows he had ever seen. “I was blown away to be honest, I can’t describe the feeling,” says Keo.
He managed to contact the Company Manager, Peta Roby, auditioned, and has been touring with the company since January 2012.
Keo started dancing at the age of five after his best friend suggested they try it out for some fun. At age seven, he knew that it was all he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Keo completed his formal dance training in Latin American, Ballroom and Contemporary at Corenergy Dance Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg. He has represented South Africa internationally since 2003 in all major Latin Dance Championships, and was the South African representative at the World Latin Championships in New York in 2010.
According to the show’s producers, “Keo is a breath of fresh air, polite, a real gentleman and very popular in the company, his family should be proud.
His work ethic and commitment to his performance is unquestionable and on the dance floor: simple – he owns it. The South African audiences are in for a real treat.”
‘Burn The Floor’ revolutionized the image of dance when it started, which then launched the many reality dance shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dancing With The Stars’.
The energetic production was originally designed as a special performance in 1997 at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday celebration. At the height of the festivities, a group of sixteen young dancers brought the house down with a ten-minute dance cabaret. After seeing this performance, legendary Australian theatre producer Harley Medcalf had the spark of an idea to build a full stage show around what he had just seen.
Since then, the show has toured in 30 countries and over 160 cities worldwide.
The current company boasts performers from 10 countries with more than 100 Championship Dance titles between them. These include winners and finalists from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and ‘Superstars Of Dance’.
While the production has no spoken dialogue, it does tell a story, and it brings a whole new meaning to ballroom dancing. “This ain’t your grandma’s ballroom”, says creator Medcalf.
Filled from start to finish with spellbinding numbers in ballroom dance styles ranging from the Waltz, Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Mambo, Tango, Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, Viennese Waltz, and Paso Doble, ‘Burn The Floor’ is “like ballroom dancing super charged.
It’s the incredible art form of ballroom dance combined with rock and roll,” adds Medcalf.
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