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Mirvish Productions – Burn The Floor

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

Burn The Floor is ballroom dance nirvana. Fans of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars will gorge themselves on this live show that is non-stop, flat-out Terpsichorean fireworks.

This 2009 version is very different from the Burn The Floor that first came to town in 2001. The mandate of that earlier incarnation was to present ballroom dance in lavish production numbers.

This time around, Burn The Floor is a lean machine – 21 dancers, no scenery per se and simple costuming. In other words, Australian director/choreographer Jason Gilkison has crafted a show that is just dance.

The 10 standard “international style” ballroom dances have been woven together into a seamless tapestry. The talented multi-national performers hail from six different countries and are all ballroom champions.

While the show does sometimes seem repetitive, it is an impressive display of the flash and fire of ballroom dance.

Burn The Floor continues at the Canon Theatre until May 1.

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Burn The Floor
Mirvish Productions
Directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison
Canon Theatre, Apr. 22 to May 1,
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