“Ballroom with a Twist” opened Nov. 1, for a four performance weekend in Folsom, CA at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts, formerly Three Stages.
The show combined numerous dance styles from Latin to Hip-Hop often mixed amidst song medleys. The family-friendly show was reminiscent of a live television production, melding Dancing with the Stars, So you think You Can Dance, and American Idol into one.
The hosts were Dancing with the Stars Chelsie Hightower and Dimitry Chaplin who, not only dazzled the audience with their supercharged dancing, but kept the audience pumped, saying, “The more you give us, the more we give back!” Meaning, of course – applause.
Dance Captain, Patricia Kaniowski opened the show as she strutted onto the stage to the finger-snapping, toe-tapping rhythm of a jazzy beat – a slow, methodical start, unexpected, but quickly the heat was turned up as Kaniowski led the troupe in a dazzling array of dance steps.
Solos, duets and full ensemble performances kept the audience alive and often stunned by so much talent on one stage. Adding to the display of talent was a combination of ever-changing background colors and shapes, and the spotlights cast beautiful silhouettes of the dancers against the backdrop adding yet another dimension to the showcase.
American Idol finalists, Von Smith and Gina Glocksen, wowed patrons with their earth-shattering vocals, and Glocksen brought the house down as she sang her final number. While singing, Glocksen displayed her own dancing abilities with two male dancers, paused, wiggled her hips, and said, "I love my job!"
Chaplin and Hightower got the audience involved even more on two occasions. Once with a Q & A session; the second time, they summoned the audience to its feet for a dance lesson. Everybody was involved from grand parents to toddlers. There were hips shaking throughout the hall.
There was no need for lighted signs like you see in TV production signaling a studio audience to react. The performers gave their all as though it was their final performance and the packed house gave them the attention and applause they deserved. The bonus -a lengthy standing ovation.
Flirty and fun sums up the show “Ballroom with a Twist.” If you are a Dancing with the Stars, So you think You Can Dance, or American Idol fan, you will not want to miss this show. Even if you are not addicted to the TV talent shows, it is a show worth seeing!
Tickets for the final show can be purchased online here or dance on down to the box office.
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