COLUMN: Linda Jensen — Feb. 13, 2014

Linda Jensen
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A highlight of the Winter/Spring season is the Canadian Premiere of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now on April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

This wildly creative show was created by Rhythmic Circus, a troupe of internationally renowned artists from Minneapolis. They have toured to more than 100 cities worldwide (from their hometown to Off Broadway to across the globe). With consistent rave reviews, sold out performances and numerous awards including the Spirit of the Fringe Award (the top theatrical award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in which they were chosen over 2500 acts), they are becoming one of the most popular tap shows since Tap Dogs. 

The positivity and infectious rhythm of the show has proven to be imminently appealing to audiences of all ages. The four dancers (three male and one female) combine their rapid-fire tap talent with the funky styling, big brass sound and original lyrics of a six-piece band. Added to that there is a beat boxer providing vocal percussion.

A brilliantly staged and consistently crowd-pleasing number is Circus where the dancers are decked out in colourful marching band attire and join the musicians in an intense, fast-paced number that features a tuba solo, original vocal lines and tap breakdowns. This is a huge event for the E. A. Rawlinson Centre. Tickets are available at the Box Office.

Tappers take note: Nick Bowman, one of the company’s principle dancers and the executive director of the show, will present an Intermediate Tap Workshop on April 1 from 1 - 2p.m. at the Margo Fournier Centre. 

Bowman has been a master tap teacher for the past eight seasons with the West Coast Dance Explosion.  He has worked as an adjudicator and master teacher at dance organizations, competitions, universities and dance studios worldwide.

His Master Class focuses on improving timing and control through exercises designed to train the ear to listen to the empty space between sounds.  This class aims to leave dancers with a deeper understanding of tap philosophy.

Dancers must have at least one year of tap experience. Tap shoes are required. Tuition is $25 per student. With the purchase of an adult plus youth ticket the class is free. 

Tickets for the show and registration for the master class can be purchased at E.A. Rawlinson Centre Box Office at 306 765 1270.

Stay tuned for more great events at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre.

See you in the theatre.

Organizations: E. A. Rawlinson Centre, Box Office, Margo Fournier Centre

Geographic location: Minneapolis, Broadway, Edinburgh

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