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Rhythmic Circus

Article Published: Jul. 21, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Rhythmic Circus

Rhythmic Circus has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an Off-Broadway-bound live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into exquisite instruments of rhythm.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the dance troupe "Flat out amazing!"

Rhythmic Circus' groundbreaking show, "Feet Don't Fail Me Now," showcases the troupe's technical capacity as dancers and explores rhythm through percussive dance as it plays off a wide array of musical genres that spans Minneapolis funk to salsa.

The production will wow audiences at the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock on Friday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Hails Utah's Standard-Examiner, "You know that scene that's been in dozens of movies, where the guy or gal dances, and everyone makes a circle around them to watch and cheer them on? Rhythmic Circus is kind of like that - except there are four dancers in this group, tearing up the stage with their acrobatic tap moves. Working to their group's original music, dancers Ricci Milan, Nick Bowman, Kaleena Miller and Eddie Strachan take dance to a new level of communication and entertainment."

Infusing their unique style of hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor and finger-snapping tunes, Rhythmic Circus, like its inspiration Stomp!, satisfies their "rhythmic appetite" on everything from sand to folding chairs, and in one number even utilizes the technology of electric drum triggers to change the sound of their taps. This unforgettable show is guaranteed to leave audiences of all ages amazed with its literal "you have to see it to believe it" quality.

Rhythmic Circus is proud to have assembled one of the most talented and innovative live performance groups in the nation, according to a spokesperson for the Hayes Center. Consisting of tap dancers, musicians and vocalists, the Minneapolis-based company has collectively added loads of awards, television appearances, performance productions and educational incentives to their credits.

The company's reputation goes well beyond the sum of the dancers' talents, however: Themed pieces include costume changes and musical segues highlighting the funky styling of a seven-piece band. The combined and highly integrated talents of the dancers and musicians alike have built a reputation for leaving audiences on their feet and - no kidding - dancing in the aisles, the spokesperson said. Although the company's official inception was in 2007, the troupe's core members have been collectively choreographing and performing together since 2000. No stranger to the spotlight, the group has recently opened for Savion Glover's "Bare Soundz," collaborated with Vocal Essence in "Witness: A Tribute to Duke Ellington" at the Ordway Performing Arts Center, and appeared in the Crash Bang Boom! Festival at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall.

Their current production, Feet Don't Fail Me Now!, premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., when the group's dancers and founders (Nick Bowman, Ricci Milan, Kaleena Miller and Eddie Strachan) joined forces with Twin Cities' heavyweight musicians Alex Rossi, Cornell Blanchard, Patrick Nelson, Dan Ristrom, Jason Marks, Elliot Blaufuss and Aaron "Heatbox" Heaton to integrate an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a wide variety of musical genres. This captivating blend resulted in a novel music and dance experience that appeals to audiences of all ages.

Tickets prices are $30, $40 and $50. Ticket prices vary by seat location. To purchase tickets, call the Hayes Center box office at (828) 295-9627 or visit Tickets are available in person at the box office, but only with cash or check.

The Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at 152 Jamie Fort Road off U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock. For more information, call (828) 295-9627.

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