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Rhythmic Circus tour coming Sunday to Brainerd

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Rhythmic Circus will perform its "Holiday Shuffle" family-friendly show at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Presented by the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, the show will begin at an earlier time 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 12-city tour, and we're the final stop on the tour."

Rhythmic Circus hails from Minneapolis, and is an internationally renowned, 12-member live music and tap dance ensemble. The high-energy shows are all about juggling a combination of dancing, humor and music - all wrapped within a bundle of positive messages. For more than a decade, Rhythmic Circus has been an icon in the world of tap dance.

The troupe has performed its productions in more than 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.

"Holiday Shuffle" is a joyous parade of genre-hopping holiday music and hard-hitting percussive dance. 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 mash-up, syncopated percussive dance medley titled "Toy Soldier March" performed at eye-popping speeds.

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

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