Regarded as the world’s most prolific ballroom and dance theatre production, ‘Burn the Floor’ has returned to South Africa for a much-anticipated tour across the country. The show is set to dazzle local audiences with its dance moves and ballroom displays on stage.
‘Burn The Floor’ is a global production that has revolutionised the image of ballroom dance across the world, and is visiting South Africa for the fourth time in August and September, in what is dubbed as ‘Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour’.
Brought to South Africa by Dance Partner Productions, the tour kicks off at the Baxter Theatre on Thursday, August 8, and runs until the 17th.
Thereafter the show will move to Johannesburg from August 22 to September 8 at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace, before closing out its Mzansi tour in Durban at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom from September 12 to 29.
With the reputation of being the world’s toughest dance show, the international cast of dance champions are handpicked for their rebellious spirit and pure skill.
‘Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour’, also known as “The Rebels of Ballroom”, sees an international dancing cast showing off their passionate and sexy dance skills on stage, and it includes South African Latin Champion, Kylee Brown. South Africans will also witness the vocals of sultry songstress Lelo Ramasimong of the ‘The Voice SA’ fame throughout the local tour.
Choreographed and directed by Peta Roby, ‘Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour’ has more surprises in store and promises to “blow the roof off the theatre”, including music from Rag and Boneman, James Brown ,Aretha Franklin, Santana, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin.
The original concept of ‘Burn The Floor’ grew from a 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 shockwaves 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’, ‘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.
* Tickets for the Baxter run can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za; or book directly through the Baxter Theatre via 0861 915 800