The original concept of Burn The Floor
grew from an electric 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 shock waves 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 30 countries and over 160 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.
Today, Burn The Floor
, remains focused on its ballroom origins, but this new edition to be seen in South Africa, the “gloriously sinful” Burn The Floor: Fire in The Ballroom
, choreographed and directed by Peta Roby, has more surprises in store and promises to blow the roof off the theatre. It has the same rebellious spirit as the previous editions, though more daring with a theatrical rock angle – including music from Santana, Janis Joplin, Christine Aguilera and Led Zeppelin.
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 international cast of dance champions now includes the sensational South Africans, Johannes Radebe and Kylee Brown.
Born and talent nurtured in South Africa, Johannes Radebe started dancing at the age of 7. He is the current reigning South African National Ballroom and Latin American Champion and is a season dance trainer for the TV production Strictly Come Dancing SA
. Radebe recently became a very recognisable figure in South Africa when he and his celebrity partner, Capetonian Leigh-Anne Williams, were the runners-up in the 2015 season of the TV show.
Kylee Brown was born in Pretoria and started dancing at the age of 8. Brown is the undefeated WDC South Africa Under 21 Latin Champion. In 2011 she won the Under 21 WDC World Latin Championships and the highlight of her dancing career to date was winning the Under 21 Open British Latin Championship in Blackpool in 2012.
Burn The Floor: Fire in The Ballroom
is brought to South Africa in 2016 by Dance Partner Productions, in association with The South African State Theatre and Bernard Jay.
Tickets for the South African tour in 2016 are now on sale at Computicket. Visit www.computicket.com
, phone 0861 915 8000 or purchase your tickets at any Checkers, Shoprite or CheckersHyper stores.