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Friday, September 13, 2019


Stepping up Ballroom Dance .... If you thought you knew about a cha cha, jive, waltz or salsa before, think again! (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

Showtime Australia presents Burn The Floor: The Rebel Tour at Sibaya's iZulu Theatre. Any avid lover of dance, specifically Ballroom, will find themselves subsumed by the provocative and pulsating dance explosion that is Burn The Floor. This world tour reaches its finality in Durban and one would assume that a tour of this magnitude would tire the troops but much to my delight and that of the audience, these dancers look impressively exalting.

Burn The Floor is not just a show but a dance troupe and family, united from a multinational cast of dancers, singers to band members. I had heard whispers about the ferocity of the show but it wasn't until the show began that I fully witnessed the splendour and vivacity of this highest calibre of Ballroom dancing.

The set is multi-leveled with a raised area for the band and a large spiral staircase leading to the top of two Tuscan archways. There were also tables and chairs giving the feel of a cafe somewhere exotic and then we were transported into this nonstop, invigorating world of contemporary Ballroom dance. The costumes were sensual, playful and exuberant. I marvelled in the incorporation of props, like bans, capes and chairs, into the choreography. The lighting design was tantalisingly accurate and the soundtrack eclectic, flirtatious and alluring.

I relished in the singing, by South African locals, as much as I did the dance. This show is two hours of explosive energy on stage from start to finish. The choreography is sharp, sophisticated and sultry. If you thought you knew about a cha cha, jive, waltz or salsa before, think again! Burn the Floor has brought Ballroom dancing into the 21st century with a smashing makeover. 

The entire show is packaged well and is running until September 29, 2019, it should not be missed! - Verne Rowin Munsamy