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Street Beat Brings Urban Drum And Dance Spectacular To Ridgefield Playhouse

Street Beat utilizes junk, household items and found objects for drums and percussion instruments.
Street Beat utilizes junk, household items and found objects for drums and percussion instruments. Photo Credit: Provided

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Are you ready to shake things up?

If so, get ready for Street Beat, a kinetic, maximum-energy explosion of urban rhythm and dance, utilizing junk, household items and found objects for drums and percussion and featuring the pinnacle of modern “street” choreography.

The event will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge.

Merging African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz concepts to create a theatrical show that is simultaneously multi-layered in its richness of experience and pure simple joy in its delivery, it is as thrilling to watch as it is to hear, according to a press release.

The event is part of the Ridgefield Academy Family Series, Palm Bay International World Beat Series and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series.

Visit Genoa Deli, 113 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, for lunch or dinner before the show and get a free bag of chips with your purchase when tickets are presented.

There are eight members to this troupe of drummers and dancers, who mix street-style moves with urban rhythms. The show's creator and director (as well as drummer and composer) is Ben Hansen, who started the group in 2004 as "a creative outlet for himself to express the art of drumming, music and performance at the next level," according to a press release.

"Get ready for a night of high energy entertainment," Hansen said in a press release. "We are bring a modern day urban show of music and dance all tied together with a great deal of comedy and audience participation."

For tickets ($37 adults, $25 children), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203)- 438-5795, or order online .

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