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Footstomping family holiday fun: Rhythmic Circus Tour comes to Brainerd Dec. 16

Web posted December 4, 2018
Tornstrom Auditorium will be the place to be for a wildly-imaginative, “not-so-silent night” the whole family can celebrate together when Rhythmic Circus brings their ‘Holiday Shuffle’ show on December 16. Presented by the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, the show begins at an earlier time, 6 p.m., than other Cultural Arts Series performances.

Producer Patrick Spradlin calls this “a really big, really fun, really unique” holiday show. “We were fortunate to be included in a Minnesota State Arts Board touring grant application for this show,” said Spradlin. “This company is crossing Minnesota on a twelvecity tour, and we’re the final stop on the tour.”

Rhythmic Circus hails from Minneapolis, and are an internationally renowned, 12-member live music and tap dance ensemble. For over a decade, Rhythmic Circus has been an icon in the world of tap dance. The troupe has performed their productions in over 250 cities worldwide including a six-week tour throughout China and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest art festival. Notable national performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., an extended off-Broadway run at New York’s New Victory Theater, and the television series ‘America’s Got Talent.’

“This show is incredible, and a real family-friendly event,” said Spradlin. “That’s why we’ve priced it at an affordable cost, and moved the starting time up to earlier in the evening. We hope to see lots of families at the 6 p.m. show.”

‘Holiday Shuffle’ a joyous parade of genre-hopping holiday music and hard-hitting percussive dance that will have you jumping out of your seat, dancing to the beat, and filled with holiday spirit! Among the many festive wonders in store, ‘Holiday Shuffle’ features a wildly-imaginative beatboxing rendition of “The Grinch,” a full-cast performance of “Linus and Lucy” (‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’), five new originals, and a bright mashup, syncopated percussive dance medley titled “Toy Soldier March” performed at eye-popping speeds. With their combined and highly integrated talents, the dancers and musicians are known for leaving audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

Rhythmic Circus has drawn much critical acclaim in their decade of performances. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said of them, “They bring the furious funk…and tap their way into everyone’s hearts!” The New York Times commended them for their “Fast, furious footwork!” while the New York Post called the show “A family-friendly tap extravaganza!” “An exuberant, toe-tapping, hand-clapping, hourand- a-half of music and dance!” is the way Theatremania magazine described them, while The Big Issue called the show “Spectacular, joyous and inspirational, Rhythmic Circus will have you dancing all the way home!”

Their name, Rhythmic Circus, might seem strange for a quartet of hoofers and a live band, but actually, their magnetic, high-energy shows are all about juggling a combination of dancing, humor and music – all wrapped within a bundle of positive messages. It seems to be a rare occurrence where family can enjoy an evening together, with children of all ages laughing and stomping their feet alongside each other. Rhythmic Circus provides that atmosphere and entertainment.

Tickets for Rhythmic Circus are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at (218) 855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com

The production is sponsored by Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes. The entire CLC Performing Arts season, and this tour of ‘Rhythmic Circus: Holiday Shuffle’ have been made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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