Burn The Floor: SYTYCD finalist Artem Chigvintsev joins cast
Artem Chigvintsev, the finalist on the first season of 'So You Think You Can Dance?' makes his Broadway bow on 1 Sep 2009 when he joins the company of the Latin and Ballroom spectacular, Burn the Floor at the Longacre Theatre.
Moscow-born, Chigvintsev has performed and trained all over the world. He currently teaches International Style Latin dance to a world-wide web audience on the Ballroom Dance Channel. Other TV credits include 'Dirty Dancing,' 'Eli Stone,' 'Passions,' and 'The O.C.' His film credits include 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,' and the soon-to-be-released 'Bolden and The Great Observer.'
Burn the Floor, the Latin and Ballroom dance show that has played around the globe, opened at the Longacre Theatre on 2 Aug 2009, following previews from 25 Jul 2009, where it is playing an extended engagement through to 3 Jan 2010.
The show opened to mixed reviews: "can come to feel monotonous and mechanical" (NY Times); "the dance speaks eloquently for itself" (NY Daily News); "an experience that alternates between exhilarating and contrived" (The Record); "a two-hour adrenaline rush featuring some of the best and best-looking ballroom dancers in the world" (NY1); "it's a vulgarized dance marathon" (Variety).
Collectively holding over 100 Latin and Ballroom titles, the cast of Burn the Floor stars Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev, and also featurs Henry Bayalikov, Sharna Burgess, Kevin Clifton, Sasha Farber, Jeremy Garner, Anya Garnis, Gordana Grandosek, Patrick Helm, Sarah Hives, Melanie Hooper, Peta Murgatroyd, Giselle Peacock, Sarah Soriano, Damon & Rebecca Sugden, Damian Whitewood, Trent Widdon and Robin Windsor.
Burn the Floor is created and choreographed by Jason Gilkison who is connected to the shows 'So You Think You Can Dance' (both the US and the Australian versions) and 'Superstars of Dance' as the captain of the Australian team.
Burn the Floor was first performed at Sir Elton Johnï¿½s 50th birthday celebrations at the Hammersmith Palais Ballroom, London in 1997, since then the production has gone on to be a worldwide success with tours in many countries including Austrailia, Canada, Japan and across Europe. It has been seen by 30 million people in 30 countries.
The show is produced by Joe Watson, Richard Levi, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, and Marc Routh, in association with Dance Partner Inc/Harley Medcalf.
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