Percussive dance ensemble Rhythmic Circus comes to Beaver Creek, March 23 |

Percussive dance ensemble Rhythmic Circus comes to Beaver Creek, March 23

“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” a production from Minneapolis-based Rhythmic Circus, is a genre-hopping hour-and-a-half of rock, blues and soul.
Blake Mathew | Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: Rhythmic Circus performs “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $28 for children, $48 for adults, or Family 4-Pack for $120 (purchase by phone).

More information: Tickets are available now at the VPAC box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at

BEAVER CREEK — Minneapolis homegrown hoofers Rhythmic Circus will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center today at 7:30 p.m. The ensemble will stage its latest production, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” a tap and music show which mixes hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band.

Duncan Horner, executive director of the Vilar Center, saw the group earlier this year in New York City during a special showcase performance and said he was blow away.

“The show was thoroughly amusing, and I couldn’t believe the group’s energy and talent,” he said. “It’s a show I’d have fun attending on date night with my wife or during a family night out with my children.”

rock, blues and soul

From an a cappella singing and tap number to a percussive chair routine (a la Stomp) to the stripped down “Dream Song,” an acoustic number inspired by a front-porch jam session back home in Minneapolis, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” is a genre-hopping hour-and-a-half of rock, blues and soul.

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Thoughtful staging and integrated choreography is most evident in “Circus,” in which the dancers, decked out in marching band attire, join the musicians in an intense, fast-paced number that features a tuba solo, original vocal lines and tap breakdowns.

“We created ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ out of the desire to get people back in touch with the spirit of celebration. The show helps remind our audiences that there is always a reason to get up, let go and dance,” said co-creator Nick Bowman.

Bowman directs and dances in the production, which also includes performers Galen Higgins, Ricci Milan and Kaleena Miller and musicians Alex Rossi on guitar, keys player Cornell Blanchard, drummer Patrick Nelson, bassist Dan Ristrom, saxophonist Peter Vircks, trumpeter Aaron Wiener and beatboxer Aaron Heaton.

“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis and went on to tour nationally and internationally, including a recent six-week tour throughout China and a 25-show run in New York City at the New Victory Theatre.

“The name of our show comes from an old New Orleans chant dating back to the early 1900s — a time when the city was rich with culture and spirit. They literally had parades every Sunday just to celebrate their lives and community,” Bowman said. “Rhythmic Circus has adopted the chant as more of a rallying cry. We have been ecstatic to see it strike a chord with people everywhere from our hometown to off-Broadway and all the way across the globe.”

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