The world’s most prolific ballroom and dance theatre production, Burn the Floor, dazzles local audiences with its spectacular dance moves and sizzling ballroom displays on stage and you shouldn’t miss it for the world!
Burn The Floor is a global production that has revolutionised the image of Ballroom dance across the world, visits South Africa for the fourth time, in what has been dubbed as Burn The Floor – The Rebel Tour.
- 8 – 17 August 2019 at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
- 22 August – 8 September at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg
- 12-29 September at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom , Durban
Meet the dancers, vocalists and musicians…
STEFANO VIDONI (Italy)
Stefano is from Udine – Italy and specializes in the Latin American dance style with excellent bases of modern and classical dance. From 2002 to 2010 he has won many national and international competitions and achieved the number one ranking in the Junior Italian Championships. Since then he has become a finalist in the Italian Championship Youth and Amateur competitions. Stefano has also represented Hungary in the world Championships, become the nations vice champion and a finalist in several international competitions, and a finalist in the European Cup. Stefano Is very happy to be part of Burn The Floor dance company for this tour and this is his first visit to South Africa.
VICTORIA MARTIN Principle Dancer (Northern Ireland)
Victoria was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and began dancing from an early age at her local dance school, She competed for 22 years winning the Junior International Latin Championships, British 10 Dance Championships and becoming a finalist in all major Championships, Ballroom and Latin in England and abroad. Victoria also won the International and UK Amateur and Professional Latin Rising Stars Championships. Retiring from competition to pursue a career in television and stage her credits include, the Italian musical “Tutto Questo Danzando” and TV program “Ballando con le Stelle” 2007-2012 (Italy’s Dancing With The Stars). Joined Burn the Floor 2014. SI now principle dancer and is thrilled to be back in South Africa
GUSTAVO VIGLIO (Italy)
Gustavo has been dancing since he was 12, and has for the past 10 years been studing in Milan Italy, under the guidance of world renown Latin American dance coach Carolyn Smith. Holds many world and European titles including: World Youth Latin champion and Italian champion, finalist at the international and German open Latin championships , in 2013 he decide to stop his competitive dancing, and start new career touring the world on the stage with Burn the Floor. Gustavo was also a finalist on the Australian version of Dancing with Stars in 2019
KYLEE VINCENT/Nee BROWN (South Africa)
Kylee was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and started dancing at the age of 8. She has experience in freestyle, slow dance, hip-hop and contemporary but specialized in Latin. She represented South Africa in Italy at the Junior World championships. Kylee is the undefeated WDC South African under 21 Latin champion. In 2011 she won the under 21 Dutch Open Latin Championship and the under 21 WDC World Latin Championships. The highlight of Kylee’s dancing was winning the under 21 Open British Latin Championship (Blackpool) title in 2012., Kylee has also performed on stage with Rock of Ages, and Pricilla Queen of the desert and has toured with Burn the Floor since 2013.. Kylee has also toured the UK with Giovani Pernice and Kevin Clifton. She is excited to tour her home country
STEPHEN VINCENT Dance Captain (UK)
Stephen Vincent started dancing at 6 years of age with Ballroom and Latin. At the age of 16 he won the title of UK Latin Champion and represented the UK internationally at the world championships. Stephen studied dance at Italia Conti in London. Theatre credits include Latin Fever (West End), Simply Ballroom (UK, south Africa & Dubai), Cheek to Cheek (West End, London), and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Also toured the UK with Giovani Pernice and Kevin Clifton , Joined BURN THE FLOOR in 2006 and has toured the world the past decade.
JORJA FREEMAN Dance Captain (Australia)
Jorja is 27 years of age and began studying dance at the age of 3 in Cecchetti Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary & Musical Theatre and began Latin and ballroom dancing at age 15. She has competed nationally across Australia in all dance styles and is an Australian Latin finalist. Jorja has also appeared as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars Australia winning the coveted Mirror Ball trophy the 2019 season. On top of studying dance Jorja has recently completed a Bachelor of Journalism at the Swinburne University of Technology , Australia . Jorja joined the Burn the Floor touring cast in 2011, and was company manager for Burn the Floor at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.
MARCO DE ANGELIS (Italy)
Marco has spent his life studying the Latin American Dance form. He is 3 times Italian Champion, South European Latin Champion, Finalist in European Championships and 3rd in World Latin Championships. Television credits include 2013 the Italian TV show “Dancing with the Stars” in the role of Dancer for a Night, and was invited as a professional dancer in Australia’s version on Dancing with the stars in 2019. Marco has toured the Globe with Burn the Floor in 2016 and this is his first visit to South Africa
MARTA COGNO (Italy)
Marta started her dance career at the age of 4, and hails from a Dance Family. Her dedication from such an early age saw her winning 5 Italian Championships and a finalist at the European and World Championships. Marta has worked with many of the premier Latin American teachers and coaches worldwide and joined Burn the Floor in 2015. This is her first tour to South Africa.
BEN HARDWICK (England)
Started dancing Freestyle aged 10. He progressed to Latin aged 14 and won British National and UK Closed Under 21 titles when he was 18. Ben featured in music videos and showcases before joining the cast of ‘Simply Ballroom’ in 2005 for 3 years. This included UK and US tours and a 6 month residency in Las Vegas. Ben continued to compete with his show partner achieving many creditable results including reaching the top 8 in the Amateur Latin Rising Stars at the Blackpool (British) Open Dance Festival and ranked 3rd in Britain. Represented the UK at International events including the European and World Championships between 2005-11. In January 2012 in USA he joined the cast of ‘Burn the Floor’ Ben would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support of his dancing journey.
JEMMA ARMSTRONG (Australia)
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Jemma started ballroom dancing at the age of 6. Competing for over 10 years led to successful results including, undefeated State Champion, Three-time Australian Champion, two-time South Pacific Champion, National Champion and winning the right to represent Australia at the World Championships. In 2008 Jemma was a top 10 Finalist on the hit show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Australia, Season One which then went onto touring around Australia, teaching many workshops and doing guest performances at special events. Jemma joined ‘Burn the Floor’ in 2009 and so far has toured China, USA, Netherlands, Australia, Holland, Asia, South Africa and the UK. Major highlight was performing on the West End in London 2013 and 2016.
SIMONE URBANI (Italy)
Simone is a professional Latin dancer who has studied with the finest teachers and coaches in the world. His achievements include reaching the final of the Italian Professional Championships and International Open as well as reaching the semi-final at the World Show Dance Championships. Simone has also studied contemporary dance and performed in iconic theatres in Europe, including Roman and Parisian Opera Houses as well as appearing on various television programs.
GIULIA SERRA (Italy)
Giulia has had the success of achieving the title of Vice-Champion and has featured in the finals and semi-finals of the Italian Latin Championships and Rising Stars World Dance Sport Federation Latin Championships. She joined the Burn the Floor family in 2015 is honored to be on this world tour and performing in South Africa for the first time.
Vocals and Musicians:
LELO RAMASIMONG (South Africa)
A singer, songwriter, actor and performer. Seventeen Magazine voted her the Top young South African artist and she was a finalist in the ‘Cosmopolitan Most Awesome Women of the Year’. Lelo won a Durban Theatre Award for Best Newcomer before she was 21 and was nominated for three Durban Theatre Awards. Durban Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Theatre Production for her role in Kickstart’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. Other Theatre credits include Hazel Feldman’s production of ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘African Footprint’ for their tour of China, and Barnyard Theatre’s ‘Under African skies’ for their tour of Europe. She has performed along side South African music legends, Gloria Bosmon and Abigail Khubeka. Television credits include lead Female Vocalist in the ever so popular television show ‘Strictly come dancing’, and the new television series ‘Coke studio’ collaborating with well known producer 37MPH to create their hit single ‘SHINE’. Lelo has co-starred alongside Timothy Moloi in ‘Always and Forever’ A tribute to Luther Vandross . Of late Lelo has completed two runs of the critically acclaimed musical theatre production ‘The Color Purple’ at the Joburg Theatre; first as a Church Lady and then in a leading role as Shug Avery. Lelo’s current endevours include appearing on the third season of the reality tv singing competition ‘ The Voice SA’ striving for the number one spot and looking to take on South Africa and the world as a recording artist. Lelo is excited to re join the Burn the Floor family as Lead female vocalist for this South African touring season.
MIKEE INTRONA (Italy) Male Vocalist.
Mikee is from Rome (Italy) and has been a singer from an early age and studied piano from the age of seven and dance from age ten. With extensive experience in tv and theatre he has collaborated with premier Italian singers, performing and songwriting and signing a contract with Sony Columbia Italy. From 2009 to 2011 he performed as the lead singer in the tv show “ITALIAN DANCING WITH THE STARS”. In 2011 Mikee was invited to sing at the World Superstars Dance Festival in Japan where he performed his single, Ma Che Ne So. In 2015 Mikee celebrates his 20th career year with a dance single “STAY” and the starting of one of his biggest dreams, joining the music and dance family of “BURN THE FLOOR”. He has just released an Album of his favourite Burn the Floor songs.
MIKE SWAGA (South Africa)
MICHAEL RAMASIMONG, otherwise known as MIKE SWAGA is one of the most talented and vibrant drummers in South Africa. Having studied at the Campus of Performing Arts where he developed skills in sight reading, composing and improvisation and further receiving his Higher Diploma in Music studies.Michael has also been the main drummer for a Number of SAMA award winning artist including; Khuli Chana, MXO, Tuks, Sliquar , Proverb, JR, HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula) performed in numerous South African music award ceremonies and festivals such as; the South African Music awards, The Metro Fm awards and the Cape town Jazz Festival. He has had the opportunity to perform in many countries from the USA, Holland, France and Belgium, to countries in Africa and The UAE. He, has also performed in many tribute shows and musical theatre shows, the latest being the hit musical “The Color Purple” at the Joburg Theatre as part of the band. Currently Michael is a proud Yamaha and Anatolian endorsee and he continues to add excitement and “SWAG” to every performance!!
TYLER AZZOPARDI, Australia, Male Vocals, Percussion.
Sydney musician Tyler Azzopardi is known for his soulful vocals, rhythmic percussion and drumming groove. A regular on the session-scene, Tyler has performed for leading musical theatre shows Thriller Live (West End) and opened for artists such as Eric Benet, and keeps crowds entertained across Sydney at venues including The Crows Nest Hotel, The Basement and Marble Bar. Add to that his experience performing for audiences from cruise ships to weddings. Has toured the World the past 2 years with Burn the Floor as both vocalist and Percussion.
Tickets for the Johannesburg and Durban legs of the SA tour can be purchased via Computicket or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced at R280 –R520 for Johannesburg and R285 each for Durban.
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