dance, theater and music by Mary Ellen Hunt.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

'Burn the Floor': Ballroom for new generation

A decade ago, the word 'foxtrot' might have brought to mind only a newspaper cartoon, and 'tango' conjured up an image of stalking about like Groucho Marx with a rose in his teeth. But when Australian choreographer Jason Gilkison first worked on 'Burn the Floor,' he hoped to evolve the foxtrot and the tango for the 21st century, while getting back to the heart of what moves dance audiences.

Now, bolstered by a burgeoning interest in dance - not to mention an explosion of immensely popular TV shows featuring ballroom dance - "Burn the Floor" comes to the Bay Area for a six-week run, and it's a far cry from the sequins and marabou-trimmed dresses, as well as the rigidly fixed, toothy smiles of competition ballroom dancing.

Read more on the SF Chronicle website.

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