Rebels of ballroom, Burn the Floor, are back in Jozi with a new production that is currently thrilling audiences at the Joburg Theatre. Catch their latest showcase, ‘Fire in the Ballroom’, on the Mandela stage for a limited season until October 3.
Crafted over the past two years by choreographers Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby, the production most recently performed to rapturous European and American audiences.
“The new show is totally different than our last production that came to Joburg,” Burn the Floor Executive Producer Nic Notley has said.
“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,” added Notley.
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 producers have been delighted to add a South African performer on the world tour, namely ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ runner up Johannes Radebe, who has joined the cast as a fully-fledged member.
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.
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.
Radebe described ‘Fire in the Ballroom’ as “gloriously sinful” in a recent interview with the Next 48hOURS, adding that it is “a fun, new, exciting reinvention of ballroom and Latin American dancing, with elements of different dance styles. The show appeals to all ages, is captivating, current, sexy and passionate – you don’t want to miss it.”
On being part of the “world’s toughest dance show”, the dancing star had the following to say: “It’s 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week, of intense dancing and physical training. We are the fittest bunch of dancers and there’s no stopping, because you’re surrounded by world champs. We even dance in our hotel rooms at night after rehearsals as there’s no room for error, hence the world class standard.”
* Performances take place from Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm.
Tickets 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 011 877 6853/6815.
As was proven popular on previous South African Tours, each Tuesday evening performance, the cast stay back on stage and the audience can ask any questions on touring life, the show, the training and a few personal questions. The cast love this and it has been a tradition since Burn the Floor performed on Broadway.
Tickets for these performances are also on a 2-for-1 basis, giving dance schools and others interested, the added benefit of reduced ticket prices.