Casting Announced for Broadway's Burn the Floor

News   Casting Announced for Broadway's Burn the Floor Complete casting has been announced for the dance sensation Burn the Floor, which will begin a limited 12-week engagement at Broadway's Longacre Theatre July 25 with an official opening scheduled for Aug. 2.

The cast will feature Henry Bayalikov ("Superstars of Dance"), Sharna Burgess ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Kevin Clifton (International IDSF Open Champion), Sasha Farber (three-time Junior & Youth Latin Australian Champion), Jeremy Garner (six-time Australian Amateur Latin finalist), Anya Garnis ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Gordana Grandosek (Italian Open Champion), Patrick Helm (Welsh Open Champion), Sarah Hives ("Dancing with the Stars"), Melanie Hooper (two-time Australian Professional Latin Champion), Peta Murgatroyd ("Dancing with the Stars"), Giselle Peacock (four-time U.S Champion), Sarah Soriano (British Open Championship – Youth Latin American), Damon & Rebecca Sugden (three-time Asian Pacific Ballroom Champions), Damian Whitewood (Australasian Champion), Trent Widdon (Australia's "Dancing with the Stars") and Robin Windsor (Ballroom & Latin International finalist).

The producers also announced that for three weeks only — July 25-Aug. 16 — these dancers will be joined by special guest stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" fame.

Burn the Floor features direction and choreography by Jason Gilkison and will be produced on Broadway by Joe Watson, Richard Levi, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh in association with Dance Partner Inc/Harley Medcalf.

"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," according to Telecharge.com. "The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble - audiences will experience them all, as well as the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep, and Swing. It's Ballroom dance with a sexy 21st century edge."

Conceived five years ago at a 50th birthday party for composer Elton John, Burn the Floor was created by producer Harley Medcalf and features 32 champion ballroom dancers. About the genesis of his show, Medcalf previously said, "I wanted to create a showcase that is a fusion of the wonderful traditions of ballroom dancing, a combination of the sensuality, discipline and commitment of the dancers, with the technology, creativity and energy of a rock and roll production." The Longacre Theatre is located at 220 West 48th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

Tickets are available by visiting www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information go to www.burnthefloor.com.