Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Rhythm of the Night rocks Audi Jan. 17

Sunday, January 17, 2010 ~ 2pm

The Capital City is going “Green”, saving its energy every place and every day but one: the Concord City Auditorium on Jan. 17. That Sunday afternoon, the city’s theatre will be glowing with the red-hot energy of 150 prima dancers from seven area dance schools as The Friends of the Audi present the 19th annual dance extravaganza called
For the one big change to the traditional dance show we credit New Hampshire’s white energy – the snow. To accommodate “iffy” weather and youngsters in the dancers’ families, the show has been moved from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon at 2pm. “The time change to the afternoon is better for everyone, and the Rhythm won’t miss a beat,” say Co-Directors Lisa Drouin Goff of the Turning Pointe Center of Dance in Pembroke and Joan Kelly of Dancesteps Etc. in Epsom. The show is a benefit for the Auditorium’s Flyspace Project – which, in turn, will benefit the future performances of all Audi presenters.
THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT is the largest community dance show in the state, Lisa and Joan say, and the 2010 program promises to be the biggest and brightest yet, with 21 acts including tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, and production numbers.
Turning Pointe Center of Dance and Dancesteps Etc. will be joined on stage by dancers from Capital City Dance Center directed by Pam “PJ” White, Concord Dance Academy directed by Cindy Flanagan, Creative Dance Workshop of Bow directed by Bridget LeCompte-Edinger, Gen’s Dance Studio directed by Gen Woodward, and New Hampshire School of Ballet directed by Jennifer Reinert,
Not all Rhythm of the Night “numbers” are danced. Some are witness to Concord’s reputation as a “Dancing Town”. Since 1944 the Audi has hosted community dance shows, and this season 11 local schools will present over 2,000 students on its stage. In 19 years, the The Rhythm of the Night shows have showcased nearly 3,000 dancers, giving many the opportunity to polish routines to be performed in upcoming competitions leading to awards and scholarships. The directors of the seven schools in this year’s show have 192 years’ experience teaching dance.
THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT -- a fun-filled way for families to start the new year -- is a special gift to Concord audiences, for tickets are just $6 at the participating schools and, after January 2, also at Ballard’s Novelty Shop at McKee Square. The show will last one and one-half hours with an intermission and is suitable for all ages.
Add two more numbers: over 19 years, the schools participating in the show have helped to raise thousands of dollars toward the Auditorium’s upgrades and improvements. And, enthusiastic audience return annually to boost a sell-out house…so don’t delay getting tickets. Information and ticket reservations are available now from Producer David Murdo at 225-7474 or email to

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