St Kilda-based dancer Nadiah Idris will replace Demi Sorono for the Melbourne season of Blaze the Show. Nadiah Idris joins fellow Melburnian and lawyer-come-break dancer Sid Mathur as the Australian dancers in the West End production at Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall from Wednesday 23 - Sunday 27 January.
Nadiah Idris, who impressed the show's producers during the Melbourne auditions last October, has had an extensive career as a dancer in Australia and abroad. She has danced with some of Australia's leading dance troupes, including Asanti Dance Theatre and Queensland's Raw Dance Company and International Artists, including Kanye West.
"The company is excited that Nadiah Idris will be joining the cast of Blaze," said Eric Holman, producer of Blaze the Show. "She blew our judges away during the Melbourne auditions with her killer dance experience, natural rhythm and gorgeous looks. She's busting her moves with great enthusiasm and getting into the Blaze groove ahead of next week's Melbourne premiere."
Demi Sorono, who has been performing in Sydney as one of the show's principle dancers, is unable to dance in Melbourne due to a knee injury. Sorono, however, will still be involved with Blaze as an MC and curator of Bring It!, Arts Centre Melbourne's mini-festival of street and youth culture pre- and post-show at Hamer Hall.
As part of Bring It! Demi Sorono will MC the Pop-Up Hip Hop Jam Session on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January, which will see live DJs, rhyme artists and dance crews continue the hip hop vibe from the stage to the foyers after the show. Sorono will also be curating and choreographing a surprise performance at 2:30pm on Saturday 26 January, which will take place after the matinee.
"Demi Sorono has been a fantastic addition to the Sydney season of Blaze and she will be missed on stage alongside the rest of the cast, said Eric Holman. "However, we are pleased that she will still be a part of the Blaze experience in Melbourne through her work with the mini-festival Bring It!. Demi's bubbly personality is infectious, and I could think of no one better to keep the crowds buzzing long after the show has finished."