If you still think Shirley Temple when you hear the term tap dancing, then its time to check out Rhythmic Circus.
The innovative live performance group will bring its highly acclaimed dance production, Feet Dont Fail Me Now! to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Wednesday night.
With unique, hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor and finger-snapping tunes, the family-friendly show is one of those you have to see it to believe it events.
More than just dance, Feet Dont Fail Me Now! is a traveling show of dancers, musicians and vocalists. In the show, the company showcases its technical achievements and explores rhythm through percussive dance, playing off a wide array of musical genres ranging from Minneapolis funk to salsa. Of note is vocalist Aaron Heatbox Heaton, a human beatbox capable of reproducing a myriad of musical instruments with his voice ranging from tuba to harmonica to classical strings. The dancers satisfy their rhythmic appetite with unusual items everything from sand to folding chairs, including, in one number, electric drum triggers to change the sound of the taps.
Rhythmic Circus rose quickly from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative company known for transforming tap shoes into instruments of rhythm. The companys official inception was in 2007, but its core members have been collectively choreographing and performing together since 2004.
The production, Feet Dont Fail Me Now! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, when the groups dancers and founders Nick Bowman, Ricci Milan, Kaleena Miller and Eddie Strachan joined forces with Twin Cities revered musicians Alex Rossi, Cornell Blanchard, Patrick Nelson, Dan Ristrom, Jason Marks, Elliot Blaufuss and Heaton to create the one-of-a-kind show.