Burn the Floor to set London’s theatre alight


Now that Kristina Rihanoff and her partner Colin Salmon, not to be confused with footballing legend Billy the fish, have been voted off in week 5 of series 10 of BBC Stricly Come Dancing, Kristina will have more time to focus on her forthcoming spectacular dance show in London Burn the Floor at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End.

Surprisingly Kristina and Colin Salmon were voted off by the judges in a dance-off in week 5 against Erin Boag and the truly awful dancer, Richard Arnold. However, despite Richard completely forgetting the routine in the original dance he somehow pulled it out of the bag with a splendidly revised routine in the dance off where he actually remembered his steps. Whilst Kristina and the 6’ 11” Colin Salmon failed to dazzle, leading head judge Len to lament that Billy the fish himself could’ve leapt higher.

‘I have lots of desire and energy to take someone all the way’ remarked Kristina. ‘Oh! My word’ as Frankie Howerd might have remarked.

Since 1999 Burn the Floor has enthralled audiences around the world, years before Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance turned ballroom dancing into must-see TV, but not quite so distant as Angela Rippon’s legs akimbo on Morecambe and Wise and the original Strictly Ballroom Dancing that saw professional ballroom dancers nationwide compete with numbers on their backs.

It just shows you how far dancing has come in the public perception with this sizzling Ballroom and Latin dance spectacular which sets the London stage alight.

Burn the Floor features international championship dancers, many of whom have appeared on those television shows, which have also featured Burn the Floor Creative Director Jason Gilkison as guest choreographer and judge. A ticket to Burn the Floor is a ticket to a night of elegance and excitement as the cast perform a dazzling array of dances including the Waltz, Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Mambo, Tango, Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, Viennese Waltz, Pasa Doble and not your Dad dancing at a Wedding!

In 2011 Kristina was paired with former Neighbours star Jason Donovan. The dynamic duo proved to be a formidable partnership, clocking up the most rehearsal hours of all contestants and taking numerous perfect 40 scores. Sadly, Kristina and Jason were knocked out in the final in Blackpool, taking third place.

In her first year on Strictly Come Dancing, Kristina was paired with legendary John Sergeant. John and Kristina were both big crowd favourites and bookies favourites. Sadly John couldn’t actually dance and the judges generally picked up on this fact and harangued him mercilessly. Sensationally John quit the show rather than take anymore barbs in a series he was surely destined to win?

In 2009 Kristina bagged herself more than just a dance partner when she took to the floor with World Champion boxer Joe Calzaghe. They danced their way through to week five, and finished the competition as a real-life couple.

Kristina was born in Siberia and she fell in love with music and dance at a young age. She entered her first dance competition at just seven years old. She took part in scores of competitions from then on and became a renowned dance champion in Russia.

In 2004, Kristina and her partner were invited to compete in the World Exhibition at the Blackpool Dance Festival. Together they were placed second in the Theatre Style category.

Kristina then returned to the International Style Latin circuit with a new partner, Michael Wentink, one of Latin dance’s most famous masters. Kristina and Michael promptly won the South African Championship and were also semi-finalists at the 2007 British Open in Blackpool, in the Latin American Division.

Also starring in Burn the Floor at the Shaftesbury theatre is Robin ‘the chest’ Windsor. Robin’s inaugural year saw him team up with actress, ex-Mrs. Liam Gallacher and ex-pea advertiser Patsy Kensit. The couple did well but were voted off in the eighth week. Robin said he “loved dancing with Patsy.

I love all high energy, fast dances where you can really go for it, says Robin Windsor.

One of the main reasons Robin joined Strictly Come Dancing was because it combined four of his favourite things; performing and teaching, getting his kit off and a nice big regular pay cheque.

In 2011, Robin’s dance partner was ex-Eastenders actress and Mrs. Brian May, Anita Dobson. They were voted out after nine weeks in the competition.

Robin was raised in the countryside just outside Ipswich. He felt like he was born to dance and grew up entering dance competitions all over the UK. At just 15 years old he moved to London to pursue dancing and had a successful youth career. He would regularly train until midnight and get up at 6am for work.

At 22, Robin was cast in a major world–wide touring dance show. During his nine year stint on the show, he got to travel all over the world and even found himself performing on Broadway and in London’s West End. The show also saw him perform on the Australian version of Strictly, as well as co–choreographing on the So You Think You Can Dance, also in Australia.

When Robin’s not in the dance studio he’s in the gym. He loves spending time keeping his fitness levels up and his body in shape.

“It’s a great place to relieve any stress. I don’t get angry – I just take out my tension at the gym!” says Robin.