A Circus Is Coming to Miami-Dade to the Beat of a Different Drummer

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Culture Shock Miami Presents Rhythmic Circus's Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

Christina Tassy-Beauvoir, Manager for Culture Shock Miami announced that everything is in place for Rhythmic Circus's FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW! the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM. FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW! is a dynamic tap and music performance that mixes hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band.

Tickets for Rhythmic Circus are $5 to students 13-22 years old, exclusively through Cultureshockmiami.com. Full price tickets are $15-$25 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Box office.

See the new video featuring Ms. Tassy-Beauvoir talking about the show. http://vimeo.com/96462264

Three guys and a gal combine rapid-fire tap talent with the funky styling and original lyrics of Root City, a seven-piece band with a big, brass sound; add vocal percussionist Aaron "Heatbox" Heaton, the human beatbox, for a third layer of rhythmic percussion and it's easy to see why this show earned a 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Mervyn Stutter's Spirit of the Fringe Award.

From an A Capella singing and tap number to a percussive chair routine, FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW! is a genre-hopping program of rock, blues and soul. Highlights include the stripped down "Dream Song," an acoustic number inspired by a front porch jam session back home in Minneapolis, and the brilliant staging and integrated choreography of "Circus," a crowd-pleaser in which the dancers, decked out in colorful marching band attire, join the musicians in an intense, fast-paced number that features a tuba solo, original vocal lines and tap breakdowns.

Under the Artistic Direction of Ricci Milan and Executive Direction of Nick Bowman, Rhythmic Circus includes dancers Nick Bowman, Galen Higgins, Ricci Milan and Kaleena Miller. The musicians of Root City include guitarist Alex Rossi, beatboxer Aaron "Heatbox" Heaton, keys player Cornell Blanchard, drummer Patrick Nelson, bassist Dan Ristrom, saxophonist Peter Vircks and trumpeter Aaron Wiener.


Rhythmic Circus is a troupe of internationally renowned artists. Since their early start at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, they have grown into an international sensation touring to over 100 cities worldwide.

Although the company's official inception was in 2007, the troupe's core members have been choreographing and performing together since 2000. No stranger to the spotlight, they were featured on Twin City Public Television's MN Original, collaborated with Vocal Essence in Witness: A Tribute to Duke Ellington at the Ordway Performing Arts Center and appeared in the Crash Bang Boom! Festival at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall. The company's repute goes well beyond the sum of the dancer's talents; themed pieces include costume changes and musical segues that highlight the funky styling of a seven-piece band. With their combined and highly integrated talents, the dancers and musicians are known for leaving audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles.


Culture Shock Miami was inaugurated in 2005-06 by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, it has more than 41,000 tickets through its website http://www.cultureshockmiami.com. A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

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