The Rhythmic Circus production will be at the PAC May 21
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, COKATO, MN For the first time since it began providing entertainment to the community in 2005, the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association is bringing a dance program to the Performing Arts Center with the Rhythmic Circus production of “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.”
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has hailed this quartet of tap dancers as “Flat-out amazing!” These talented tappers along with their team of seven musicians and vocalists, will hit the PAC stage Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Typically, dance programs like this, aren’t financially feasible for the association, since its goal is to provide affordable entertainment.
However, this event was made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Arts Board. Compton assisted in the writing process with Rhythmic Circus.
The grant has enhanced Rhythmic Circus to tour seven venues across Minnesota, including the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center, at an 80 percent discount.
“We’ve never offered any type of dance program here before, primarily due to the high cost of touring dance productions. This grant made it affordable for us to bring them in,” Compton said.
According to its website, Rhythmic Circus “has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm.”
Along with tap dancing, the show will include themed pieces complete with costume changes and “musical segues highlighting the funky styling of a seven-piece band.”
Not only will this be a fun and entertaining event for those at the Saturday evening performance, but it will also provide a chance for Dassel-Cokato middle school and high school music students to learn about the history and art of tap Friday, May 20.
Rhythmic Circus’s 11 performers will provide students with a 60-minute narrated performance, which will include a cross-section of the full-length show.
This nicely fits into the DC Arts Association’s goal of finding an act each year that will provide a student component.
In addition to the student component, there will be a master class offered to local dance students. The class size is limited to 30 participants.
Reserved seating tickets for the May 21 show at the PAC are $15 for adults, and $5 for youth, and can be purchased through the DC Community Education office or by calling (320) 286-4120.