Friday, January 28, 2011

Minnesota Conservatory hosts Keane Sense of Rhythm, Feb. 2 - 5

Winona, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host the Minneapolis-based rhythm tap company, Keane Sense of Rhythm, Feb. 2-5, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

Keane Sense of Rhythm (KSR) will present performances featuring their Youth Tap Ensemble in If The Shoe Fits, a modern Cinderella story. Performances are Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre.

Admission to the matinee performance is a freewill offering. Admission to the evening performance, which will also feature KSR’s Young Professional Company, is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students (ages 3-21) at the door. Cash or checks only will be accepted, and no advance ticket sales are necessary. The performances will include a sign language interpreter.

On Thursday, Feb. 3, KSR’s Artistic Directors Ellen Keane and Cathy Keane Wind will teach a rhythm tap master class at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center. The class will be held 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to intermediate and advanced tap dancers from all schools in the region. The cost of the class is $20. To register, call (507) 453-5500.

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, KSR will hold a special class for clients from Home and Community Options at the Valéncia Arts Center.

Keane Sense of Rhythm is dedicated to preserving, presenting, creating, and expanding the boundaries of American tap dance. KSR is a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

For more information about KSR’s residency in Winona, contact the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts at (507) 453-5500 or go online to For more information about KSR visit