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Ring in the holidays with Rhythmic Circus at the Nazareth College Arts Center

Published December 05, 2017

Get ready to experience a new twist on your favorite holiday melodies with the addition of rapid-fire tap as the Nazareth College Arts Center presents Rhythmic Circus: Red and Green, Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Callahan Theater.

The four world-renowned dancers of Rhythmic Circus and their swingin' seven-piece band return to the Arts Center with festive originals and Christmas classics, including an 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 medley titled "Toy Soldier March." This march is a highlight of the show as dancers and musicians adorned in colorful soldier attire perform a syncopated percussive dance sequence at eye-popping speeds. Along with the group's festive display in this performance, Heat Box, the human beat box, presents his own version of "Mr. Grinch." The song originates from the book and television special How The Grinch Stole Christmas! and adds the perfect twist to complete this upbeat, holiday show.

"We are excited to welcome Rhythmic Circus back to the Arts Center for their all-new holiday show," said Rita Mannelli, executive director of the Nazareth College Arts Center. "We programmed this show for 7 p.m. so that families can attend together!"

With their joyous music and percussive tap, it's easy to see why this wildly creative troupe—led by artistic director Ricci Milan and executive director Nick Bowman—has had audiences from the Kennedy Center to the Edinburgh Festival jumping out of their seats. Rhythmic Circus returns to the Nazareth College Arts Center following their popular performance of Feet Don't Fail Me Now! in 2016. Now an international sensation, the company's brilliance is proven by rave reviews, sold-out high-octane performances, and numerous awards—including two Sage Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, the Spirit of the Fringe Award (the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's top theatrical award), two Upper Midwest Emmys, and more. Rhythmic Circus: Red and Green brings the joy of the holiday back to life once again in this new holiday spectacular!

TICKETS
Single tickets to Rhythmic Circus are $35-$50. For tickets call - or visit - the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: naz.edu/arts-center. The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm and 11am until curtain time on performance days.

SPONSORS
The Nazareth College Arts Center is a non-profit institution whose series sponsors are The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and M&T Bank. Rhythmic Circus is sponsored by the Nazareth College Campus Activities Board, Larry and Nancy Peckham.

Since 1967, the Nazareth College Arts Center has served as a venue and educational resource for students, educators, artists, and audiences of all ages to create, study, and experience the visual and performing arts. The Arts Center's subscription series and K-12 school performance series provide area residents of all ages with opportunities to experience world-class dance, multi-cultural entertainment, family programming, music, theatre, and special events. The Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance present exceptional productions, recitals, and exhibitions, which are open to the public, while preparing students for successful careers in arts-related fields. The Nazareth College Arts Center is the performance home of the Rochester City Ballet and world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance; and is home to the Bach Children's Chorus.

Media please note: high-resolution images are available at naz.edu/arts-center/newsroom and interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged upon request.

For More Information

Michelle Shippers, 585-389-2093, 585-733-4684 cell, mshippe0@naz.edu

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Nazareth College's academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y. challenges and supports 2,000 undergrads and 800 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life's work.