It's Ballroom reinvented

| 19 Apr 2012 | 11:54

Morristown — Feel the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers in Burn the Floor, a true theatrical experience full of grace and athleticism on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are from $42 to $67.

From Harlem’s hot nights at The Savoy to the Latin Quarter, go on a historic journey through the passionate drama of dance featuring the elegance of the waltz, the exuberance of the jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble and much more.

If you were to ask the average person on the street what they thought of Ballroom dancing, you might have a response like, “Ballroom is what my grandparents danced.” They might be right, but they would also be understating what Ballroom dancing was for that generation. They danced to meet, impress and fall in love. When we think back on it, it’s a distant hazy view of a forgotten time. Since 1999 Burn the Floor has reinvented and changed all these perceptions of Ballroom!

Beginning with, and maintaining all the wonderful traditions and the social history of the Ballroom dance art form, Burn the Floor is a groundbreaking show, serving as a melting pot of styles, energy and excitement for today’s generation of dancers. It is Ballroom “supercharged.” The company consists of 20 dancers (10 couples), two vocalists and two live, on-stage percussionists.

During the course of two acts (the show is two hours, including a 15-minute intermission), the dancers perform all the Ballroom and Latin styles, including The Waltz, Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Mambo, Tango, Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, Viennese Waltz, and Paso Doble. The music is eclectic, from Swing and Waltz classics to J Lo and Credence Clearwater. The vocalists perform in many languages during the show, including English, Spanish and Portuguese.