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Ballroom Reinvented: Burn the Floor

The enormous popularity and response by the South African public in 2011 has led to the return of BURN THE FLOOR, this time with The Temperature Rises Tour.

Burn the Floor opened at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on the 1st of August and runs until 19 August.

Jason Gilkison, director and choreographer of this dance phenomenon, has this to say to the Joburg audiences about The Temperature Rises Tour:

“For those of you that have already had the Burn the Floor experience you need to come back!   I have re-choreographed numerous numbers, changed five songs in the show and have re-costumed the second act.  The show’s new ending will blow you away, and blow any perceptions you have of Ballroom Dancing.  I guarantee that This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Ballroom!  Amongst our rebellious cast, you will also witness the rise of a new South African star!  I trust you will be back for more!”

Since last year’s tour, South African champion dancer Keoikantse Motsepe has joined Burn the Floor as a fully-fledged member of this hit international dance sensation.

“Dreams certainly do come true,” said to Keo, undefeated South African Latin American Champion since 2004.  Keo’s dance teacher took him to see Burn the Floor at Joburg Theatre last year. “At first I was resistant to see it,” he admits. “But after a few seconds, I realised it was the best dance show I had ever seen.  I was blown away to be honest – I can’t describe the feeling.”

Keoikantse Motsepe and Kallyanne Brown

Keo managed to contact the show’s 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 and Ballroom and Contemporary at Corenergy Dance Centre, Craighall Park, 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 in 2010.

“Keo is a breath of fresh air, polite, a real gentleman and very popular in the company,” say the producers.  “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 – The Temperature Rises Tour has just completed a hugely successful tour of the USA, China and Australia.  The show features eighteen international championship dancers – including some of last year’s favourites alongside new sensational dancers.  “It takes the performance to a whole new level, feel and energy,” says the show’s creator, Harley Medcalf.

Tickets for Burn the Floor are available from R190 and are on sale now by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.

Shows are at 8pm Tuesdays to Fridays, at 3pm and 8pm on Saturdays and at 2pm and 6pm on Sundays. Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling the theatre’s ticketing office on (011) 877 6853/4.

To heat up those cold winter nights, the producers are offering a fabulous winter package: 20% discounts for a minimum of four tickets for Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.  Pensioners’ discounts are available for Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 2pm and 6pm.  A special ‘two for the price of one’ offer is also available for Talk Back Tuesdays, when the dancers stay on stage after the show for a question-and-answer session.

Burn the Floor – The Temperature Rises Tour is presented in South Africa by Dance Partner Productions, M-Net and Jacaranda 94.2fm.

Follow the latest Joburg Theatre news on Twitter – @joburgtheatre gives you all the latest information, special offers as well as news from behind the scenes of Joburg’s world class theatre.

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