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DPO & PNC PRESENT “LE GRAND FINALE” WITH RHYTHM IN SHOES – MAY 7-8 AT SCHUSTER CENTER

Dayton’s own dance-and-music troupe saying farewell after 23 years

 

DAYTON OH  (April 22, 2010) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2009-2010 PNC SuperPops Series will conclude with concerts featuring farewell performances by Dayton’s beloved dance-and-music troupe Rhythm in Shoes on Friday and Saturday, May 7 & 8, 2010, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   

The varied repertoire of Rhythm in Shoes (RIS), with direction by choreographer Sharon Leahy and composer Rick Good, is at once highly original and instantly recognizable. Since 1987, this critically acclaimed body of work has infused the spirit of traditional American dance and music with a thoroughly modern sensibility. Based in Dayton, RIS has toured in 47 states as well as Canada, Japan, and Ireland, pursuing the company’s mission: to engage the world in music and dance.

According to Sharon and Rick, “After 23 years of making music and dance rooted in American cultural traditions, RIS will be heading for the barn following its 2009-2010 Season. It’s been an incredible run and we want to say thank you for sharing these many great years with us. RIS has always been about family and community, and we are grateful that you’ve been part of it.”

The program for the RIS “Grand Finale” with the DPO will include choreography old and new and music from composers ranging from J.S. Bach to Erik Satie.   Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO and a frequent past collaborator with RIS, will conduct.

Tickets for the concerts range from $27 - $75 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

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About Rhythm in Shoes
Rooted in traditional forms of American music and dance – swing tunes and tap, hoedowns and clogging – the varied repertoire of RIS, with direction by choreographer Sharon Leahy and composer Rick Good, is at once original and recognizable. Since 1987, this critically acclaimed body of work has infused the spirit of traditional dance and music with a thoroughly modern sensibility.

Based in Dayton, Ohio, RIS has toured in 47 states as well as Canada, Japan, and Ireland, pursuing the company’s mission: to engage the world in music and dance.  From the concert hall to the cabaret to the classroom, RIS achieves the creation of exciting and thought-provoking work by maintaining a strong company of musicians and dancers and by collaborating with other, like-minded artists steeped in tradition and pushing their boundaries.

At home and on the road, RIS works closely with presenters to ensure a lasting impact on each community, by offering performances, workshops, and residency activities for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Thousands of seats and miles, millions of notes and steps, tons of fun and inspiration… RIS has had the privilege of performing in 62 Performing Arts Center in 24 states, from Anchorage, Alaska to Wautoma, Wisconsin; three foreign countries, from Canada to Japan; on 36 college campuses in 13 states, from College of the Siskiyous, Weed, California to Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; in 10 festivals in six states, from the Lotus Festival, Bloomington, Indiana, to Dance for the Planet, Dallas, Texas; for 11 Arts Councils in six states, from Reif Arts Council, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to Pentangle Council on the Arts, Woodstock, Vermont; and at community concerts in 75 cities in 29 states, from Selma, Alabama, to Yakima, Washington.


About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

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