|Published:||Mar 18, 2011 12:02 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 18, 2011 9:03 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.-The broadway hit show "Burn the Floor" is heating up Southwest Florida audiences this weekend at the Barbara B. Mann performing arts hall.
We got a backstage pass with the stars, including Fort Myer's own Vonzell Solomon.
As soon as they step on stage, it sizzles.
"Dancing's back and I'm very grateful for that," said Dancer Anya Garnis. Anya and Pasha ignite passion in the broadway hit "Burn the Floor". It's ballroom dancing re-invented and the "So You Think You Can Dance" TV show alums have all the right moves.
"My mom took me to the ballroom dancing competition. I saw what was going on and I said, I want to try that mom. I didn't mention that the lack of the clothes and the girls, that's what drew my attention but 23 years later I'm still here, still on stage," said Pasha Kovalev.
"In Russia, we had only two points. It's either hockey or dancing so my parents pushed me into the direction of dancing," said Anya.
They also didn't choose their partner, but it's been a perfect match for 12 years.
"You develop friendship...and bring your art on stage, better and better and better every time," said Pasha.
They're sharing the stage with another TV talent Vonzell Solomon, an "American Idol" finalist and Fort Myers native.
"It's high energy, right off the bat you're going to be like wow. It's just non stop action with the lighting and the percussion...it's just an amazing show," said Vonzell.
Backing her up are Musicians Joseph Malone and Henry Soriano.
If Joseph and Henry are the heartbeat, Catherine Mayne gets the blood pumping in barely there numbers that have to dazzle with the dancers.
"It's the first thing the audience see before the dancers start moving it's what they see straight away to compliment the style of dancing," said Catherine. The performers have from thirty seconds to 4 minutes for a quick change.
"This is the big reveal number on stage. The boys rip this off the girls. and the crowds love it! it's lots of movement, lots of fun," said Catherine.
And they all agree, that's what it's all about!
You can get tickets now. Next season's line up was just announced.
Back by popular demand will be "Wicked" and "Jersey Boys".
As well as "Shrek the Musical", "Cirque Dreams Holidaze", "Rock of Ages" and "My Fair Lady".