Dance show’s Canadian premiere set for P.A.

Perry Bergson
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The E.A. Rawlinson Centre will present a toe-tappin’ Canadian premiere on April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now has been performed in more than 100 cities around the world by Rhythmic Circus, a troupe of artists from Minneapolis.

Tickets, which are now on sale, are $58.80 for adults and $32.55 for youth.

Linda Jensen, the marketing director for the E.A. Rawlinson Centre, says the Centre’s talent scout was overwhelmed when he saw them.

“Despite the fact that this guy has seen every artist imaginable … he could not tell me enough about this show,” Jensen says. “He was absolutely blown away by it.”

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now consists of four dancers, a six-piece band and a beat boxer who provides vocal percussion.

It’s proven to be a hit with audiences. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, they were chosen over 2,500 other acts for the Spirit of the Fringe Award, the top theatrical award.

Jensen considers this a highlight of the Winter-Spring series because it’s new to Canada. She says it’s nice to present the Canadian premiere.

“I think that definitely a feather in our cap because it’s done very, very well,” she says.

There is a nice bonus for dancers in the community as well.

One of the show’s stars, Nick Bowman, will be presenting a master class for up to 20 intermediate tap dancers on April 1 from 1-2 p.m. at the Margo Fournier Centre. Dancers can register by calling the Box Office at 306-765-1270.

The cost of the class is $25, although with the purchase of an adult and a youth ticket, the master class is free.

Dancers must have at least one year of tap experience and tap shoes are required.

Bowman has been a master teacher and adjudicator with dance organizations, competitions, universities and dance studios worldwide.

Jensen says dance shows have been an uneven draw at the E.A Rawlinson Centre in the past but she’s hopeful that this offers enough to be a hit with Prince Albert audiences.

“We have never had a show like this,” she says. “We’ve had modern dance, we’ve had ballet, but this is a dance show that has a live band, it’s a stage show, it has lots of costume changes, it has vocals, it’s all live, it has a beat boxer …

“It’s not something that would only draw a dance crowd because it is very exciting.”

Organizations: Margo Fournier Centre, Box Office, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Minneapolis, Edinburgh, Canada

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