The true rebels of ballroom ‘Burn the Floor’ are heading back to Joburg with a new production and Joburg audiences will be thrilled with the news that ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ runner up, Johannes Radebe, will be joining the cast as a fully-fledged part of this international dance sensation. ‘Burn The Floor – Fire in the Ballroom’ will run on the Mandela stage for a limited season from September 16 to October 3.
Crafted over the past two years by choreographers Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby, the production is now currently performing to rapturous European and American audiences.
“The new show is totally different than our last production that came to Joburg, and will blow the roof off the theatre,” says ‘Burn the Floor’s’ Executive Producer Nic Notley.
“It has the same rebellious spirit, though more daring with a more theatrical rock angle. We have also designed a new set, new costumes and new music including Santana, Janis Joplin, Christina Aguilera and Led Zeppelin,” adds Notley.
‘Burn the Floor’ has the reputation of being the “worlds toughest dance show” and the dancers are handpicked to embrace a new Latin American feel. The producers are delighted to have a South African performing on the world tour.
Radebe, along with his ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ celebrity partner Leigh-Anne Williams, had the South African television viewing public on the edge of their seats each week with their deft dance moves and crept into everyone’s hearts as a firm favourite, right up until they were declared runners-up in the final held on August 7.
Born and talent nurtured in Zamdela, Sasolburg, Radebe started dancing at the age of seven, fascinated by the discipline and the glamour of Ballroom and Latin.
He competed in local competitions, working up the Latin ranks with top honours, and had an undeniable presence in provincial championships in the Free State.
At age eleven and already a junior pre-championship dancer, his future was decided in 2001 when he was offered training in the Gauteng province.
Along with his dance partner Jeanne Swart, he was crowned SA National Champion in 2014. He made it to the finals of ‘Strictly Come Dancing 7’ in 2014 and repeated that achievement in 2015.
“Johannes is a choreographer’s dream and with his spellbinding charisma and dance skills to match, it does not get a lot better. The audiences are in for a visual treat – South Africa has some extraordinary dance talent that I want the world to see,” says Peta Roby, director of ‘Burn the Floor’.
* ‘Burn The Floor – Fire in the Ballroom’ will run on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre. Performances will take place from Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm.
Tickets for performances from Tuesdays to Thursdays, and weekend matinee performances are from R100 to R350.
Tickets for performances on Friday and Saturday evenings are from R150 to R400.
These are exclusively available at www.joburgtheatre.com; or by calling 0861 670 670. Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling Joburg Theatre on 011 877 6853/6815.