Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

April 7, 2012

PREVIEW-Burn the Floor Heats Up Springfield

Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:30pm

Years before "Dancing with the Stars" turned ballroom dancing into must-see TV, one sizzling show was setting stages ablaze around the globe. "Burn the Floor" the electrifying Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular that has thrilled audiences in more than 30 countries, brings the fire and passion of their live performance to Springfield.

The new Broadway production broke box office records and critics and fans around the world have raved about this performance. From Harlem’s hot nights at The Savoy, where dances such as the Lindy, Foxtrot and Charleston were born, to the Latin Quarter where the Cha-Cha, Rumba and Salsa steamed up the stage, Burn the Floor takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance. The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of the Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble - audiences will also experience the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep, and Swing.

Twenty award-winning international dancers include numerous world champions. The dancers, who collectively hold more than 100 dance titles, move to the vision of artistic director and choreographer Jason Gilkison, former World Champion Latin and Ballroom dancer, and guest choreographer and judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." A highlight for the Springfield performance is the inclusion of 2009 "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Karen Hauer on the cast list.

The event is co-sponsored by Health New England and Baystate Health. Media sponsors are ABC40/Fox 6 and El Pueblo Latino.