Burn the Floor – review
Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 9:32 AM | Review by: Gillian Fisher | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Keoikantse Motsepe and Kallyanne Brown in Burn the Floor Keoikantse Motsepe and Kallyanne Brown in Burn the Floor

With legs kicking and sequins shimmering, dance show extravaganza Burn the Floor hits the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. The nine phenomenal couples put their promenading prowess to the test in a selection of immaculately choreographed sequences including elements of swing, disco and Latin ballroom. The live music, elaborate outfits and of course the sensational performers make this an evening of high energy and spirit stirring glamour.


The live music, elaborate outfits and of course the sensational performers make this an evening of high energy and spirit stirring glamour'.

What makes Burn the Floor so unique is its ability to capture the audiences’ imagination and fulfil the high expectations of a public fascinated by contemporary ballroom. Produced by Harley Medcalf the show embodies the glitzy vivacity of Latin ballroom and gives it a modern edge with pop music and high speed routines. From the cheeky opening gambit to the explosive finale each number is infused with a theatricality which creates the ultimate spectacle. The performers give their all in a vast array of dance styles ranging from Viennese Waltz to frenetic Cha Cha seamlessly choreographed by Jason Gilkison.


The dynamacy of the production is enhanced by the expert staging; the combination of lighting, scene changes and costume design ensures that each number tells its own story. Costume designer Bret Hooper has created a multitude of different looks for the performers who swirl around the stage in ball gowns, fringed mini-dresses and leather corsets. It should be mentioned that I’m referring solely to the female dancers here. I particularly appreciated the rather Chicago inspired opening rumba with plenty of shredded black jeans and studded belts.


Now in its 13th year of touring the globe Burn the Floor has got jaw dropping theatrics down to a fine art.

Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor sashay supremely as does fellow Strictly star Lauren Hauer as she is serenaded blindfold by six well oiled male dancers. The limelight however, shines brightly upon the full troupe with each couple leading a pas de deux as well as shaking it in the formation routines. It is hard not to have favourites and I admit that Giulia Dotta’s and Keoikantse Motsepe’s forbidden love routine stood out in its emotional sincerity. I also had a soft spot for the rather playful diminutive couple Janette Manrara and Robbie Kmetoni but others will beg to differ. The four piece band perform tirelessly as they provided the perfect selection of jazz, swing, pop and rock for each dance number. The two vocalists are very much a part of the proceedings with honey toned singer Vonzell Solomon taking centre stage in true cabaret style while Peter Saul Blewden crooned in Italian.


Now in its 13th year of touring the globe Burn the Floor has got jaw dropping theatrics down to a fine art. The energy and sheer skill of the dancers is astounding as their forms sensuously entwine and bend into positions usually only practiced by boa constrictors. This is a crowd pleasing night of dazzling performance guaranteed to get a fire going.


Info: Burn the Floor is showing at the Shaftesbury Theatre until September 1, 2013


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