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 11 to 29 July at the Artscape Opera House, before moving to Johannesburg and Durban.
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 after a few seconds, it was one of the best dance shows he had ever seen. Says Keo, “I was blown away to be honest, I can't describe the feeling.”
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 – he was hooked. Keo completed his formal dance training in Latin American, Ballroom and Contemporary at Corenergy Dance Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg, with Rafick Hoosain and Lorcia Cooper. 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 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
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
and 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 16 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, 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 and Cha-Cha to the 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 flair.
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.”
Tickets for the Cape Town season are priced from R125 and are on sale through Artscape Dial-A-Seat at 021 421 7695 or Computicket outlets by visiting www.computicket.com
or calling 0861 915 8000. Performances are Tuesday to Friday at 20:00, Saturday at 14:00 and 20:00 and Sunday at 14:00 and 18:00.
A special ‘two for the price of one’ is available for Talk Back Tuesdays on 17 and 24 July 2012, whereby the dancers stay on stage after the show for a question-and-answer session. These tickets are only available at Computicket outlets or through Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695. Burn The Floor - The Temperature Rises Tour
is presented in Cape Town by Artscape in association with Dance Partner Productions, Joburg Theatre, M-Net and Heart 104.9FM
Don't miss this opportunity to experience the energy and sensuality of Burn The Floor