Interview: Cast of Burn the Floor

What attracted you to ballroom dance?
Stephen Vincent:
You dance with a partner so you get to share the energy and passion.
What do you think accounts for the growing popularity of dance?
Jemma Armstrong: Reality TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing have changed old perceptions of ballroom dance. It has become athletic, youthful, sexy, energetic, artistic, inspiring and timeless.
Which dance sequence is your favorite?
JA: I absolutely love the opening number Ballroom Beat as it represents what the show is all about. It’s raw, edgy and backed by pounding live percussion music. You take the audience on a journey and change their perspective on ballroom dancing in a positive way.
What’s one surprising thing about the show?
It’s a different show each night depending on where you are sitting! We have the freedom to show our personalities and strengths through specific numbers.
Do you get along with your cast mates?
Aljaz Skorjanec:
Yes, we like to call ourselves a BTF family. The cast is very international, which of course brings many cultures to the table. It is a blessing to perform with friends every day.
What are the biggest challenges putting together this show?
I think it is finding a unique character for yourself that still fits the various numbers. We’re encouraged to do that and it’s a big part of the show’s success.
Burn the Floor is on October 9-14 at the Sands Theater