Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SYTYCD Ballroom Dancers Join Burn The Floor Tour!


The producers of BURN THE FLOOR, Broadway's Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular, announced today that Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev of TV's "So You Think You Can Dance" will join the touring company of BURN THE FLOOR, from September 7, 2010 to November 28, 2010. Anya and Pasha come to the tour after performing in the London production now playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre. BURN THE FLOOR will heat up SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATRE in a Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation, OCTOBER 12 - 17, 2010. Individual tickets go on sale WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11 at 8PM ~ just in time for Part I of the Two Day Season Finale of "So You Think You Can Dance"!

Due to Anya and Pasha's popularity and success competing on "So You Think You Can Dance" season 3, they have been featured in the 7th season as All Star dancers, partnering up with the contestants to help them compete for the title of America's favorite dancer.

Anya has also been a guest dancer on "Dancing with the Stars," "Superstars of Dance" and "The Academy Awards." She was born in Latvia and has been a superstar of the ballroom world for 10 years. Born in Siberia, Russia, Pasha started dancing at age 8. Following a successful career in ballroom competition, he has appeared on many TV shows including "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing with the Stars" and "Superstars of Dance." Anya and Pasha have also choreographed for the US and Australia versions of "So You Think You Can Dance."

San Diego's own Mary Murphy, a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" will also appear in the San Diego and San Jose engagements of the National Tour; partnered with ballroom champion Vaidas Skimelis. Murphy made her Broadway debut earlier this year in BURN THE FLOOR. Best known for her enthusiastic and emotional judging style on "So You Think You Can Dance," Mary gained notoriety and earned fans as the "Queen of Scream." She is a US Ballroom Dance Champion and an Austrian National 10-dance and Ballroom Champion. In addition to owning Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, Mary is a partner in the "Chance to Dance" program in the San Diego area school district, helping provide dance classes to children unable to afford lessons.

The fall portion of the tour also features "So You Think You Can Dance" alums Ashleigh Di Lello, Ryan Di Lello, Robbie Kmetoni, Janette Manrara and Karen Hauer. All five have been seen on TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," in the US (Ashleigh & Ryan Di Lello, Janette Manrara and Karen Hauer, Top 10 Finalists) and Australia (Robbie Kmetoni, 2010 Winner).

Years before "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" turned Ballroom Dancing into must-see TV, BURN THE FLOOR was blazing a new dance trail and igniting stages around the globe. In BURN THE FLOOR, Ballroom Dance is totally reinvented. All the dance styles are refreshed and invigorated and leave audiences grinning with delight and screaming for more. You see and feel, live on stage, all the passion, drama and sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous world champion dancers in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, "Dazzling!" and The Times (London) calls "the summer's hottest ticket"!

BURN THE FLOOR is directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, former World Champion Latin and Ballroom dancer, and guest choreographer on the fourth season of "So You Think You Can Dance." The national tour of BURN THE FLOOR launches in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday September 7, 2010. For a full list of tour cities, please visit

Individual tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, August 11 at 8PM online at; in person at the Civic Theatre Ticket Office (3rd & B Street, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego); or by calling the Ticket Office at (619) 570-1100 or Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787.

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