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Rhythmic Circus Bringing High Energy Show to Hatfield Hall

November 10, 2013

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Pumping Things Out: The dancers are just one part of the Rhythmic Circus’ entertaining Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! show. (Photo provided)

Rhythmic Circus will blend percussive dance, comedy, and original music into an evening of toe-tapping entertainment with its Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! show at the Hatfield Hall Theater on Sunday, November 10, as part of Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! tells the story of a quirky private investigator’s mission to uncover the origins of the Rhythmic Circus, a group on a quest to change the world with song and dance. Along the way, he finds himself forming an unexpected bond with the group that soon propels him and the audience into an unforgettable dance adventure.

The troupe’s dance extravaganza is interwoven with the musical offerings of its instrumentalists and singers. In one of the most popular tap shows since Tap Dogs, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! features rapid-fire tap, a one-man beat box phenomenon, and a talented corps of horns, drums, keyboards, guitar, and bass.

“It’s made up of so many components,” Rhythmic Circus’s Nick Bowman told the Springfield News-Sun. “It isn’t a dance group; it’s in your face and high energy. It’s live tap dancing and music, but here the musicians are as important as the dancers. It’s just an eclectic group of artists.”

Hailing from Minneapolis, the troupe of 11 includes dancers and musicians who have toured 90 cities worldwide since their inception four years ago. Rhythmic Circus has grown from a little-known percussive dance phenomenon into an international sensation, garnering rave reviews, sold-out engagements, and a number of accolades.

They’ve earned two Sage Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, the Spirit of the Fringe Award (Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s top theatrical award), and two Upper Midwest Emmys. Following their performance at Hatfield Hall, the group’s tour will take them to New York City’s New Victory Theater.

In addition to their performance at Rose-Hulman, the dancers from Rhythmic Circus will also host a tap master class for local dance students on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Presented by the Hatfield Hall Performing Arts Series and hosted by The Academy of Dance, the one-hour class is free to area dance students.

Participants should be proficient in all basic tap moves as well as the more advanced time steps, wings, pullbacks, pick-ups, paradiddles, and riffs. Space is limited and dancers must pre-register by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at 812-877-8544. Participants will also receive a special $5 ticket rate to see Rhythmic Circus perform on Sunday night.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission and General Mills Foundation. 

Tickets may be purchased in person, by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket desk at 812-877-8544, or at Ticket desk hours are weekdays form 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and two hours before each event. Complete season information, including artist video clips, is available at Find exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and more at


Show Information

Rhythmic Circus–Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!
Sunday, November 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults, $23-27; Other students, $15; Rose-Hulman students, free