Burn The Floor


REVIEW by Willard Manus

BURN THE FLOOR is aptly titled. Eighteen dancers, split between men and women, make fire with their feet as they interpret in virtuosic fashion such dances as the foxtrot, quickstep, swing, samba, salsa, rumba, tango, paso doble and Viennese waltz. Each of the dancers is a world-class performer, collectively having won more than a hundred ballroom-dance titles in the USA, Moldova, Australia, UK, Slovenia and Venezuela. Some of them, like Anya Garnis, Pasha Kovalev, Robbie Kmetoni, Janette Manra and Karen Hauer, have appeared on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars.

BURN THE FLOOR also features two dynamic vocalists, Peter Saul and Vonzell Solomon, second runner-up in the fourth season of American Idol.

Decked out in an array of spectacular costumes, backed up by taped music tracks and two live percussionists, Joseph Malone and Henry Soriano, the dancers take turns on stage, sometimes dancing in twos and fours, other times solo, then as part of the ensemble. Just about every emotion is conveyed by these skilled performers--sex, love, romance, anger, joy, betrayal, sadness. The settings range from the Savoy and the Latin Quarter to the boudoir and the bull ring. (Hats off to masterful lighting designer Rick Belzer).

BURN THE FLOOR is directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison. Gilkison and his dance partner Peta Roby are Australia's most successful dance couple, having won the World, British and International Ballroom Dance championships. Roby is one of the associate producers of the show, which has delighted audiences in thirty countries and comes to Los Angeles on the heels of a highly successful Broadway run.

For two swift, non-stop hours BURN THE FLOOR wows the audience with some of the most thrilling ballroom dancing ever seen on an American stage.

Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Call 800-982-2787 or visit BroadwayLA.org