Sacramento REGION – Rhythm and Shoes, a senior tap dance performing group, recently celebrated three years providing free shows to local organizations.
Since the group was formed in 2009 at Mission Oaks Community Center in Carmichael, Rhythm and Shoes has danced 36 performances at venues ranging from River Cats Stadium and the California State Fair to retirement homes and skilled nursing facilities.
This year the group will be performing May 28 at the Hyatt Regency during the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Festival and June 17 at the state Veterans of Foreign Wars convention at the Double Tree Inn.
“We get as much enjoyment from tapping as the audiences do from watching,” said Kathleen Hodson, a Rhythm and Shoes member. “It’s a way for us to have fun, get some terrific exercise and give back to the community.”
The troupe is composed of 11 retirees in their 60s and 70s who practice six to seven hours a week. They come from various backgrounds, including several teachers, a couple of RNs, a telephone company salesperson, an optician, an architect, a writer-journalist and a human resources manager.
Performances usually include six to seven numbers in colorful costumes to lively, familiar music.
Groups who are interested in a performance by Rhythm and Shoes may contact Linda Jarvis at (916) 591-1793 or 972-1793.