I’m all for the professional polish of a dance show at the Broad Stage or Royce Hall or Redcat, but there’s something irresistible about watching dancers do their thing at a club: the alcohol flows, the talent is raw, and the atmosphere is charged.
That sense was confirmed a couple of weeks ago at King King on Hollywood Boulevard, where I checked out THE FLOOR SHOW, a new-ish production (it’s been running Tuesdays since October 13; tonight is the last performance) that features a live Afro-Cuban band and about two dozen dancers performing everything from Lindy Hop to hip-hop, burlesque to salsa, and tango to tap, in several different high-energy vignettes. The show evolved out of THE FLOOR, a weekly “underground” improv dance night produced by Carolina Cerisola (an Argentinean Salsa dancer who has performed with Sting and Justin Timberlake) and salsa dancer Sascha Escandon, which has taken place at the same venue for over a year.
While this show is more organized, it still feels rough around the edges—and I mean that in the best possible way (yep, it’s part of the charm). While there is a main dance space, dancers transform almost every surface in the joint into makeshift stages—including the cabaret tables. I learned this the hard way: a few moments after I moved onto a raised platform to get a better view of the action, tap dancer Sarah Reich showed up to bang out a phenomenal, high-octane set illuminated by a giant spotlight. I bolted back to my seat, but was still only inches away—close enough to see the platform under her feet buckle and sway and the sweat pour off her brow as she danced. She was mesmerizing, and reminded me that imperfection can be perfect.