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19 Jun 2012


ARTSCAPE in association with
M-NET and HEART 104.9FM


Artscape Opera House
11 -  29 July 2012
Tuesday to Friday at 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm 
Sunday 2pm & 6pm

When Jozi residents were enjoying BURN THE FLOOR's sell-out season last year, the response from Cape Town residents was unprecedented, wanting thes how to tour, thus leading to the decision that the Broadway hit production will now open its 2012 South African tour in the Mother City with a 3-week season from July 11th to July 29th at the Artscape Opera House, before moving to Johannesburg and Durban.

Now there is even better news that a South African champion dancer, Keoikantse Motsepe, has since joined BURN THE FLOOR, ready to wow local audiences as a fully-fledged member of this international dance sensation for the very first time.

Dreams certainly do come true -according to undefeated South African Latin American Champion since 2004, Keoikantse Motsepe, also known as'Keo'.

Keo's dance teacher took him to see Burn The Floor last year. At first he was a bit resistant to see the show, but after a few seconds, it was one of the best dance shows he had ever seen.  Says Keo,"I was blown away to be honest, I can't describe the feeling."

He managed to contact the Company Manager, 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 ther est of his life – he was hooked.  Keo completed his formal dance training in Latin American, Ballroom and Contemporary at Corenergy Dance Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg,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 2010.

According to theshow's producers, "Keo is a breath of fresh air, polite, a real gentleman and very popular in the company, his family should be proud.  His work ethic and commitment to hi sperformance is unquestionable and on the dance floor:  simple – he owns it.  The South African audiences are in for a real treat."

BURN THE FLOOR is the show that revolutionised the image of dance, which then launched the many reality dance shows, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, DANCING WITH THE STARS,SUPERSTARS OF DANCE, to name but a few, that audiences have grown to love.

The energetic production was originally designed as a special performance in 1997 at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday celebration.  At the height of the festivities, a group of sixteen young dancers brought the house down with a ten-minute dance cabaret. After seeing this performance, legendary Australian theatre producer Harley Medcalf had the spark of an idea to build a full stage show around what he had just seen.

From that first moment of inspiration, what would become the international sensation BURN THE FLOOR quickly evolved.

Since then, the show has toured in 30 countries and over 160 cities worldwide. The current company boasts performers from 10 countries with more than 100 Championship Dance titles between them.  These include winners and finalists from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, DANCING WITH THE STARS and SUPERSTARS OF DANCE.

While the production has no spoken dialogue, it does tell a story, and it brings a whole new meaning to ballroom dancing.  "This ain't your grandma's ballroom", says Harley Medcalf, the show’s creator.  Ballroom dancing has been around for years, but BURN THE FLOOR,the theatrical ballroom dance show, is anything but old school.  BURN THE FLOOR labels itself as "Ballroom Reinvented."

Filled from start to finish with spellbinding numbers in ballroom dance  styles ranging from the Waltz, Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Mambo, Tango, Swing,Jive, Lindy Hop, Viennese Waltz, and Paso Doble, BURN THE FLOORis "like ballroom dancing super charged.  It’s the incredible art form of ballroom dance combined with rock and roll," adds Medcalf.

With the creativity of world-famous ballroom choreographer Jason Gilkison, BURN THE FLOOR takes ballroom to a whole new level.  Gilkison’s unique choreography combines the classic ballroom styles with a modern flare.

Though BURN THE FLOOR is a show that dance enthusiasts will love, it's not just for the performance connoisseur.  Unlike many dance performances, BURN THE FLOOR brings so many styles to the stage, it doesn’t matter who you are. You’re guaranteed to love it."Most people think if they're going to a ballroom show,they're going to see some waltzing around the stage and things like that," says Medcalf. "But they don’t know what they’regetting themselves into because this show just blows away all expectations."

Tickets for the Cape Town season are priced from R125 and are on sale through Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket outlets, by visiting or calling 0861 9158000. Performances are Tuesday to Friday at 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm andSunday 2pm & 6pm.

A special 'two for the price of one' is available for Talk Back Tuesdays on 17 and 24 July 2012, whereby the dancers stay on stage after the show for a question-and-answer session. These tickets are only available at Computicket outlets or through Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421-7695.

BURN THE FLOOR - THE TEMPERATURE RISES TOUR is presented in Cape  Town by Artscape in association with Dance Partner Productions, Joburg Theatre, M-Net and Heart  104.9FM.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the energy and sensuality of BURN THE FLOOR.

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