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Millikin University welcomes Rhythmic Circus to the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.

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.

The company’s repute goes well beyond the sum of the dancers’ talents; themed pieces include costume changes and musical segues highlighting the funky styling of a seven-piece band. The combined and highly integrated talents of the dancers and musicians alike have built a reputation for leaving audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

No stranger to the spotlight, Rhythmic Circus has opened for Savion Glover’s "Bare Soundz," collaborated with Vocal Essence in "Witness: A Tribute to Duke Ellington" at the Ordway Performing Arts Center, and appeared in the Crash! Bang! Boom! Percussion Festival at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall. Since their inception in 2007, Rhythmic Circus has quickly risen to become the busiest touring tap company in the nation. In their first National tour, Rhythmic Circus visited more than 40 cities in over 20 states performing over 70 shows which included performances in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This season Rhythmic Circus will visit 20 more states as well as tour Europe with a stop at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In addition to their touring, Rhythmic Circus also plans to open Off-Broadway in October 2012.

Their current production, "Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!" premiered in August of 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn. In their show, "Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!" Rhythmic Circus satisfies their “rhythmic appetite” on everything from sand to folding chairs, and in one number even use the technology of electric drum triggers to change the sound of their taps.

For more information on Rhythmic Circus, visit www.rhythmiccircus.com.

Rhythmic Circus will host a master class workshop for Millikin University students on Friday, April 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the old gymnasium on the Millikin University campus. This workshop will include, Art of Beatboxing, Percussion, and Rhythm. Rhythmic Circus will also host an outreach youth workshop titled, “Art of Beatboxing and Beginning Tap: What is tap dancing?” on Friday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur, located at 859 N. Jasper St.

Tickets for Saturday’s event are $12-$24 for adults and $6-$10 for children and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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