WANT TO GO?
"Burn the Floor"
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
TICKETS: $34 and $55.25
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Venezuelan-born dancer Karen Hauer said that professional dancers like to do a lot of things in their off time. Not that she and the rest of the cast of "Burn the Floor" have a lot of time off. The sizzling ballroom dance show blazes into town Tuesday night for a performance at the Clay Center.
Hauer said time off is special. One thing you probably won't see her or any of the other dancers do when they're not working is dance.
"Nope," she laughed. "Dancing for fun? No such thing."
Too much hard work and preparation goes into making "Burn the Floor" an exciting dance spectacle.
"I spend 24 hours a day thinking how I can improve, what I should focus on more," she said. "That's what makes 'Burn the Floor' the greatest show on earth for me -- the detail."
Hauer and the other dancers also spend a lot of time dancing. Hauer said they do, on average, eight shows a week. Each show is two hours, plus rehearsals and stretching. It's not unusual for them to spend a full 12 hours dancing and that's in between hours spent on a bus.
"I'm always stretching," she said then laughed. "Here I am talking to you on the phone while I'm sitting in the floor, doing what? Stretching."
But the stretching, the rehearsals, they're all very necessary in the life of a dancer.
Hauer has wanted to be a dancer as far back as she can remember. After her family moved to New York from Venezuela when she was 8 years old, Hauer studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.