Starting with a master class at noon and ending with a concert at 6:30 p.m., Rhythmic Circus will bring their unique tap dance style to Salt Lake Community College on September 29, 2011.
Sponsored by the Fine Arts and Lecture Board, Rhythmic Circus features tap dancing, a beat boxer, vocalists and a seven-piece band.
“They make learning fun,” said Katelyn Adams, student involvement chair on the Fine Arts and Lectures Board.
The master class will feature one of Rhythmic Circus’ dancers leading tap exercises. To be held in the Student Event Center on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, this class will last one hour. Tap shoes are not required, though participants may bring tap shoes if they have them. The learning opportunity is open to anyone who wants to come.
“It’s not your normal tap dance show,” said Tyler Anderson, Student Life and Leadership coordinator. “You’ll be surprised at how much you will enjoy it.”
According to Anderson, Rhythmic Circus provides high-energy entertainment that features great music and a great all-around performance. They will be performing “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!,” a concert that includes different musical styles.
Tickets to the concert are free and may be found at the information desk on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Rhythmic Circus will perform at the Alder Amphitheater.
“Seating is limited to 1,100 people not including the standing room on the grass,” said Anderson. The concert will move to the Lifetime Activities Center in the case of inclement weather.
Adams was one of the students that was able to preview the band as part of the Fine Arts and Lectures Board at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in New York City.
“It made you want to stay there and keep watching,” Adams said about the performance. “When you see someone who smiles, it makes you happy.” Anderson said that Rhythmic Circus provided the best performance at APAP.
“Come to have fun,” said Adams, “and get out of the norm.”
Rhythmic Circus was founded in 2007, but the core group has been performing together since 2004. According to their web site, the group based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota has 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.
APAP provided Anderson, Adams and three others on the Fine Arts and Lectures Board the opportunity to “look at a lot of performers,” according to Anderson. These students look for performances that are new and different, can be classified as fine arts and something that would appeal to SLCC students.
“It’s so much fun; I’ve learned so many new skills and met so many new people,” said Adams about her time on the Fine Arts and Lectures Board.