I love to dance. I may not be great at it, but watching this international all-star cast literally burn it up, I was in awe.
The show features talent from all over the world, Italy, England, Ireland and Spain – and not to mention our own home grown talents Kylee Brown and Johannes Radebe, many of whom you will remember as runner up on Strictly Come Dancing, travels around the globe, no doubt amazing audiences and earning standing ovations, like this one did on its opening night at Joburg Theatre on Wednesday 16th September, in every city.
The show was born 17 years ago, the brainchild of Harley Medcalf, who felt that ballroom dancing had too long been kept behind closed doors. Watching a performance at Sir Elton John’s birthday party, the concept was born – bring ballroom to the public – and so the show commenced in England, eventually travelling to Broadway and now around the world.
Dancing, interspersed with amazing ballads by two powerful singers, literally kept me in awe – at one point I even forgot to take pictures for this article, I was so intrigued.
Latin was the first genre for the evening, and smoothly transitioned in to Jive. Act two opened with a dramatic Spanish flair, followed by a School Themed dance set that had my schoolgirl fantasies coming true on stage, as the dancers stripped off to show off their gorgeously toned bodies.
As the show’s title states “This Ain’t your Grandma’s Ballroom” and songs like Ain’t no Other Man by Christina Aguilera, Ballroom Blitz by Sweet and Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira are on the bill for Burn The Floor. From slow, to fast to sensual this show rocked and rolled its way through so many costume changes I lost count.
Keeping the audience entertained with amusing antics, but more importantly for me – the clear passion on the dancers faces – these guys and girls very clearly love what they do, and I think to do this every night must be something that you are born to do. Most of the dancers have won international competitions and started dancing early in life, one even as early as two years old!
We were lucky enough to meet the cast at the end of the evening – toned and even more glamourous in person than on stage. What a treat, and please do yourself a favour and book your tickets now before this season sells out like, excuse the pun, wild fire. Season closes on October 3rd.
Tickets are available on www.joburgtheatre.com or call the Box Office on 011 877 6800