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Monday, February 9, 2009

Burn the Floor

UPDATE 2/10: The Post Street Theatre is offering $15 discounts for tickets for the show through the entire run! Through March 15! So click here to get your discount!

Caveat: I am going to be very blatant here. I want you to see this show: Burn the Floor at the Post Street Theatre.

I really really mean it. If you can take a train, plane or automobile (or even Muni) to see this show, do it.


Last week, I had the exciting opportunity to see this new show in town. It's billed as "The International Dance Sensation" and that is exactly what it is. Once this rich red curtain is raised (sadly this is the only photo I could take before I got in trouble), eye-popping talent and gorgeousness is embodied in the phenomenal dancers who pull out all the stops to take you through the full spectrum of ballroom dancing, but with the most modern high-octane choreography. This show could literally burn the floor, it's that hot. But in the best way that hot can be.

Sensation meaning that every sense is dazzled, from the incredible talents of the world-class dance troupe (all of whom are ballroom dance champions), to the brilliant and exciting choreography, to the sexy, fun costumes, to the vibrant live music and fantastic vocalists... this show has it all. Cha cha, Rumba, Salsa, Samba (whoa!) Mambo, Tango (of course), Paso Doble, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Lindy, Charleston, Waltz... if you grew up loving Busby Berkeley films and 30s and 40s musicals and then graduated to more modern fare like Strictly Ballroom and Shall We Dance? (the original version, not that cheesy J-Lo remake), this show will be like crazy mind/eye candy for you.

Before the show, I was lucky enough to spend some time with Ms. Peta Roby, the Executive Producer and Company Manager. Peta, with a charming smile, easygoing manner and palpable head-to-toe enthusiasm for her dancers and their show, is a reknowned ballroom dance champion and was the principal dancer for the original incarnation of the show. With her partner, Jason Gilkison, the pair were one of Australia's most successful dance couples for almost two decades.

Jason's choreography vision and talents, put to good use on the Australian and American versions of "So You Think You Can Dance" television shows, give the audience a thrilling experience they could never get from watching television. Within five minutes, I knew that I'd be back to see this show again during its run.


How does that saying go... This is not your father's Oldsmobile... well, this is not your grandparents' ballroom dance.

This is a show you can literally feel that everyone involved has poured their hearts and souls into it. And to make it even sweeter, one of the dancers in the show, Giselle Peacock, is a local! So come out and see this show. Let's give a warm San Francisco reception to Burn the Floor, and hope they stay in town as long as they can. Before we send them off to Broadway (fingers crossed!).

And don't just take it from me... read the reviews. And this writeup on SF Gate.

See you at the theatre!

Through March 15. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St., second floor. $49-$69. (415) 771-6900. www.burnthefloor.com or www.poststreettheatre.com.


ps.: For those much braver and more talented dancers than I, you can win a private master class with the Dance Technical Director of Burn the Floor on the stage of the Post Street Theatre and get tickets to the show.

All of the info you need to enter the contest is here.


paris parfait February 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM  

Oh this sounds fabulous! Wish I were there - maybe they'll come to Paris??!! "Burn the floor" is a great moniker for the show.

Liz February 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

This sounds AH-MAY-ZING. I wish I could teleport to SF to see it!

Char February 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - I would love to see that

Brook February 9, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

One more reason to wish I was going to San Francisco with D in a couple of weeks. Like I didn't have enough already!

Anonymous February 9, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

Looks like a fantastic show :-)

rochambeau February 9, 2009 at 3:25 PM  

Looks Sublime! Thanks for the intro.
A hot one for sure.

Tango baby.
Loved your flicker!!

Anonymous February 9, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

I LOVE the dresses in the second video. I'll take any one of them. Or clear out my closet and take all of them...

Anonymous February 10, 2009 at 5:32 AM  

i would love this show. i love to watch people dance. on the weekend we sat in a nightclub watching people dance until two in the morning. love it. margie

Cynthia February 10, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

Incredible, I bet Tangobaby is living through her abundant imagination right into those spicy hot dancing feet! <3

robinbird February 13, 2009 at 7:04 AM  

te he hee... my X father-in-law who was about 5 foot tall and weighed about 200 pounds used to try and get me to dance like this with him at each and every wedding we all attended...and my X husband was from a family of 8 children (lots of weddings and even more after the divorces) i can hardly do a polka but no...he would drink three martinis and then come over and grab you like you were completely dying to dance to this number. i also winced a lot and went all stiff when he did that. but of course he couldn't do it like this!!! it looks so wild and fun!!

Relyn February 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

Oh. I wanna go! I wonder if they will travel to St. Louis or Kansas City? Both would be easily doable if so.