Previewed 18 October 2016, Opened 19 October 2016, Closed 5 November 2016 at the Peacock Theatre in London
The ballroom dance extravaganza, Burn the Floor returns to London with a brand new show Fire in the Ballrom for a strictly limited three week season.
Breathing new life into dances such as the Viennese Waltz and Foxtrot, combined with a live band, singers, costumes and re-interpreted music from Santana to Led Zeppelin, Burn the Floor promises to deliver a dramatic and unforgettable show for lovers of ballroom dance and newcomers alike.
Devised and choreographed by Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby this production comes to London following tours in Europe and America.
Since 1999 Burn the Floor has thrilled audiences around the world, including a record-breaking run in New York and two seasons at London's Shaftesbury Theatre in 2010 and 2013. (Previewed from 21 July 2010, opened on 26 July 2010 and closed on 4 September 2010, returned with previews from 6 March 2013, opened on 11 March 2013 and closed on 30 June 2013). For the 2013 season, the show starred Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff along with special guest Karen Hauer (from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing). The show was directed and choreographed by former World Champion Latin and Ballroom dancer, Jason Gilkison.
"This heavily Latin-flavoured, high-octane ballroom dance spectacle has come a long way since its 1999 premiere in Bournemouth. It was conceived as a splashy production scaled to fill arena-sized spaces. Several personnel changes, creative overhauls and world tours later, including a recent stint on Broadway that drew rave reviews, and here it is in the West End ready to claim status as the summer's hottest dance ticket. Choreographed and directed by Jason Gilkison, Burn the Floor is like a kind of plotless, theatricalised kinetic flamethrower manipulated by a cast of nearly two dozen international championship dancers whose rapacious energy could easily reduce this theatre to ashes. They dance like maniacs, fully earning their standing ovation... Almost everything that these slithery, speedy party animals do is set in a torrid zone. Rebecca Tapia and Ricky Rojas, both attractive singers, take turns adding vocal kicks to what adds up to an unabashedly commercial sensation." The Times (2010)
"It begins with the promise of a hot night in Havana. A girl dressed in black saunters through the audience, picking out dance partners at random. Spotlights snap on to more dancers as they thread their way through the auditorium. Sex hovers in the air like incense. Judging by the rhythms hammered out by the two drummers on stage this is going to be a largely Latin evening with a little bit of trad ballroom thrown in. So it is. The blistering speed of the dancers as they zip through swing, jive, lindy, cha cha, samba, rumba and all other dances ending in 'a' is impressive. The lighting is slick, illuminating bare-chested boys and navel-flaunting, hair-swinging girls. Athletic, poised, buffed to the max they are the living embodiment of healthy-eating, gym'll-fix-it youth. Backed by excellent musicians augmented by recorded music and a brace of strong singers the dancers propel themselves through the show. The routines are brief, the array is bewildering as if we had wandered into a speeded-up version of The Mocambo or a Mecca ballroom." The Express (2010)
Fire in the Ballroom - Burn the Floor in London at the Peacock Theatre previewed from 18 October 2016, opened on 19 October 2016 and closed on 5 November 2016.