BURN THE FLOOR is the show that revolutionised the image of dance, which then launched the many reality dance shows, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, DANCING WITH THE STARS, SUPERSTARS OF DANCE, to name but a few, that audiences have grown to love.
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.
From that first moment of inspiration, what would become the international sensation BURN THE FLOOR quickly evolved.
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 Harley Medcalf, the show’s creator. Ballroom dancing has been around for years, but BURN THE FLOOR, the theatrical ballroom dance show, is anything but old school. BURN THE FLOOR labels itself as “Ballroom. Reinvented.”
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.
With the creativity of world-famous ballroom choreographer Jason Gilkison, BURN THE FLOOR takes ballroom to a whole new level. Gilkison’s unique choreography combines the classic ballroom styles with a modern flare. “I wanted people to see that ballroom has come of age again,” says Gilkison. “This is a new interpretation of what this generation is doing with ballroom and how they’re experiencing those dances.”
Though BURN THE FLOOR is a show that dance enthusiasts will love, it’s not just for the performance connoisseur. Unlike many dance performances, BURN THE FLOOR brings so many styles to the stage, it doesn’t matter who you are. You’re guaranteed to love it. “Most people think if they’re going to a ballroom show, they’re going to see some waltzing around the stage and things like that,” says Medcalf. “But they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into because this show just blows away all expectations.”
BURN THE FLOOR – THE TEMPERATURE RISES TOUR
Performances begin in The Opera House at Artscape, Cape Town, from July 10th to July 29th, followed by performances in The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from July 31st to August 19th, and then ending the season in The Opera House at The Playhouse in Durban from August 21st to September 2nd 2012.
ROBBIE KMETONI- DANCER – AUSTRALIA
Current Winner of Australia’s “So you think you can Dance”
Specialising in contemporary dance, Robbie has performed Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop.
Studies at the Alvin Ailey Dance studio, and Sydney Dance Company Australia. Has performed across the USA and Australia.
Joined Burn the Floor in 2010 at the Shaftesbury Theatre , West End.
JANETTE MANRARA- DANCER –USA
Finalist in USA “So you think you can Dance” season 5. Began performing musical Theatre at age 12, formal dance training in at Florida International University studying Ballroom, Ballet, Salsa, Pointe, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Performed with Jenifer Lopez, and at the 82nd academy awards, and was principle Dancer in the TV series Glee. Joined Burn the Floor 2010, Shaftesbury Theatre , West End.
MATTIS GALANTE- DANCER - (ITALY)
A Grand finalist in the British open Latin Dance Championships at the Blackpool dance festival. , A finalist in all Italian and international class Ballroom competitions from 2003 until 2010. Regular dancer on Italian cabaret TV shows, and has toured Europe in Cabaret productions as a Soloist. joined "burn the floor" for the world tour 2012.
GUILIA DOTTA - DANCER- ITALY.
Guilia is a finalist in all international Latin Dance Championships, notables include the Austrian open, The European , French and Portuguese Latin Championships, Is also a Italian Show dance Finalist, and twice the Holder of the Trofeo Colombo trophy.