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‘Feet’ was a blast
May 30, 2011
By Kristen Miller

For those who contemplated going to “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” at the PAC and didn’t, I apologize for what you are about to read.

When I wrote the preview about the Rhythmic Circus production coming to the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center, there was no way I could have anticipated exactly what it all would entail.

I imagined four amazing tap dancers showing off their stuff while the band played equally amazing music. That was enough to get me there anyway. However, I had no idea it would be the best performance I have seen at the PAC.

I think I can speak for the 350 others who saw the show that it went above and beyond my expectations.

“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” was filled with an awesome mix of high-energy tap dancing, hilarious comedy, and jazzy-hip music that had me dancing in my seat. In fact, I still have the title song in my head.

There was so much rhythm in that auditorium it made it really hard to sit still. I don’t how anyone there could keep from at least tapping their feet to the beat.

What was unexpected about the show was just how much other entertainment went into it, in addition to the amazing tap dancing.

Every artist (there was a total of 11) contributed in some way to the show, giving it variety and depth. Who doesn’t need more cowbell?!

Also, one doesn’t have to like rap music to appreciate the incredible and unique sounds that Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton can make with his mouth.

At the beginning of the show, tap dancer and lead emcee Ricci Milan asked how many dancers were in the audience.

With only a few people raising their hands, Milan quickly reminded us that we each have a little funk and rhythm in us from time-to-time, particularly when no one’s watching.

Even for as quirky and crazy as Milan was, he also showed the audience his sensitive side.

At one point, he told us that he felt the show was going really well and that he thought it was time to take the relationship to the next level.

He proceeded to invite everyone in the audience over for a spaghetti dinner to meet his parents.

It was comical bits like that which not only made it super fun to watch, but also made a connection with the audience.

Since the show was all about rhythm, the performance definitely proved one doesn’t need instruments to make great music.

Who would’ve thought two guys sitting on metal folding chairs using their hands, feet, and the chair as instruments of sound could be so entertaining?

This show also made me further appreciate the facility that we have right here in our back yard.

If it wasn’t for the PAC and the DC Arts Association, I wouldn’t have even known about this show and would’ve missed out on a fabulous experience.

Tap dancer and tour manager Nick Bowman also had nothing but good things to say about the facility, even calling it “gorgeous.”

The show was made possible through the Minnesota Arts grant which allowed Rhythmic Circus to tour to seven venues throughout greater Minnesota.

Bowman commented that the team had been to all nice facilities throughout their tour, but that this particular one was “outstanding.”

“Feet” tours throughout the US, but will be performing again in the Twin Cities in August for those who missed it.

For more information about “Feet,” including a schedule of upcoming shows, visit www.rhythmiccircus.com.


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