BURN THE FLOOR – Hot Latin and Ballroom Dancing Now at Post Street Theatre

It doesn’t get any hotter than this!

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

BURN THE FLOOR – the Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular that has thrilled audiences in more than 30 countries worldwide, is making its Bay Area premiere at San Francisco’s Post Street Theatre. In a limited engagement ending Sunday, March 15th, the electrifying Burn The Floor is heating up the fire of San Francisco audiences through the passionate drama of dance. Years before “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” turned Ballroom dancing into must-see TV, one sizzling show was setting stages ablaze around the globe. Burn The Floor journeys 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 began steaming-up the stage. If you are into the elegance of a Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of the Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble, and the varying romantic moods of the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep, Swing – then Burn The Floor has got your number! It’s all the best of Ballroom Dance with the most tempting dancers in town turning it on for you in 21st Century attitude.

BURN THE FLOOR, At Post Street Theatre

Burn The Floor’s troupe of 16 award-winning dancers, two percussionists and two vocalists hail from around the globe – from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Australia, Sweden, the Philippines – and include Australian Ballroom dance champions and World Latin American champions. The dancers, who hold more than 100 championship dance titles among them, move to the vision of artistic director and choreographer Jason Gilkison, whose work thrilled audiences on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance and featured on NBC’s series Superstars of Dance.

ABOUT THE POST STREET THEATRE
The building is located at 450 Post Street and was built in 1924 by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in order to accommodate a burgeoning membership. Using the designs of architect Anthony Heinsberger, whose theatrical architecture can also be seen at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland and at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, the entire 15-story structure was built at a cost $1.5 million dollars. The building is of Spanish-Gothic design and originally contained 100 hotel rooms (now the Kensington Park Hotel) for resident members and visiting Elks. The second floor main Lodge assembly hall (now Post Street Theatre) was designed to have a seating capacity of 1,000, a projection room, maple stage and theatre pipe organ.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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