Tom Williams’s shirtless performance on Dancing With The Stars earlier this year may have sparked a revolution.
Before the TV host showed off his fab abs it was all strictly sequins and high hair as far as ballroom dancing was concerned.
Now ballroom is ready to go even further, according to the beefcake on display in the new stage show Jason Gilkison’s Ballroom.
We’re just sweaty and hot, explained Trent Whiddon, pictured (right) with fellow dancer Robin Windsor. We’re just in jeans and singlets, and the girls are wearing next to nothing.
The raunch factor is also ramped up when six shirtless male performers show off their muscled athleticism in another Ballroom sequence.
We have taken away all the glamour, all the fake tan and the fake nails, Windsor added. There’s not one sequin in the show!
Instead, audiences can expect to see ballroom dancing’s bare essentials, Whiddon promised, from the 16 dancers in the show’s award-winning troupe.
Not that Ballroom’s dancers plan to abandon tradition entirely when they take to the floor alongside on-stage vocalists and musicians.
They present classics such as jive, the rumba and the waltz in a show choreographed by Jason Gilkison, the multiple Australian ballroom champion who also helped create earlier dance spectacular Burn The Floor.
Whiddon and three of the other Ballroom dancers appeared with celebrity partners on Dancing With The Stars, but he insists the focus of this show is not about celebrity guests, but rather the fancy footwork.
It’s just purely about the dancing, he said.
Jason Gilkison’s Ballroom is at Sydney Theatre from 13-18 September. Book on 9250 1999.