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Rhythmic Circus 2011

Rhythmic Circus 2011

Rhythmic Circus PerformanceRhythmic Circus, the percussive-dance phenomenon, will perform "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, March 18, in the Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center. The one-night-only performance is part of the McNeese State University Banners Cultural Series and is co-sponsored with the city of Lake Charles.

Tickets are included in a Banners Series membership. Individual tickets can be purchased online at the Banner's Website, at the Lake Charles Civic Center box office and at the door. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $5 for ages 18 and under, and free for McNeese and Sowela students with ID.

Rhythmic Circus is a group of young dancers and singers from Minneapolis who combined an inventive style of tap dancing with original music by a live band. The group quickly rose from an underground percussive-dance troupe to an innovative live performance company known for transforming its tap shoes into instruments of rhythm. The group fuses an unpredictable blend of hard-hitting tap with high-spirited humor and finger-snapping tunes.

"Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" is the group's first full-length production. It premiered in 2008 in what Rhythmic Circus calls its "funkalicious breakout."  The show includes rapid-fire tap, high-spirited humor, toe-tapping rhythms and finger-snapping tunes.

Rhythmic Circus recruited another young Minneapolis group, the seven-man funk, blues and rock band, "Root City," to join it on stage. The band includes famed beatboxer Aaron "Heatbox" Heaton, two musicians who graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a number of musicians who have learned by performing on the road.

The four dancers - Ricci Milan, Nick Bowman, Kaleena Miller and Eddie Strachan -have extensive credentials. Milan, a dancer for 15 years, was the co-creator/choreographer for the tap dance company "Ten Foot Five." Bowman and Strachan are both faculty with West Coast Dance Explosion. Bowman is the choreographer for the newly established "Northern Force Dance Company" and founder/director of the "Sole City Youth Tap Ensemble." Miller has been tap dancing for 20 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Minnesota.

Rhythmic Circus is the fourth performance of the 19th Banners Series season. Basic membership to the Banners Series includes two tickets to all performances and invitations to special receptions and is available for $150. Friend memberships, which include four tickets to all events, are $250. Patron memberships, which include six tickets, are $500. All membership levels include reserved seating areas. Tickets to individual performances are $20 for adults and $5 for children and are available at the door, online at the Banner's website and at the Lake Charles Civic Center box office.

The series is supported by memberships, corporate sponsorships and grants.

Corporate sponsors, which pick up more than 60 percent of the cost of the series, include CITGO, the Isle of Capri Casino, The American Press, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Chase, Entergy, PPG, Union Pacific Railroad, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation, Lake Charles/SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau, AT&T, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages, KPLC-TV, Knight Media Inc., Empire of the Seed, Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Company, State Farm Insurance, Stockwell Sievert Law Firm, Lake Charles Pre-Sort, Southwest Beverage Company Inc., Fuerst and Godley Law Firm, Louisiana Swashbucklers, Bolton Ford, ConocoPhillips, Domino's Pizza, Ranier Law Firm, Sasol North America, The Stream Family, Sweets & Treats, The Townsley Law Firm, Louisiana Lottery, Dr. & Mrs. A.T. Ordinario Jr., Southern Sound Systems, The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, Greg David's Frameworks, Republic National Distributing Co., Paradise Florist, Newman Hoffoss and Devall Law Firm and First Federal Bank of Louisiana.

Grants have been received from the city of Lake Charles, Arts and Humanities Council of Southwestern Louisiana, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and South Arts.

Persons requesting accommodations in accordance with the ADA should contact the Office of the ADA Coordinator at least 72 hours before the event. Additional information is available from: the Office of the ADA Coordinator, Smith Hall, Room 127; Voice: (337) 475-5428; Fax: (337) 475-5960; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; or adacoordinator@mcneese.edu.