Rooted in traditional forms of American music and dance – swing tunes & tap, hoedowns & clogging – the varied repertoire of Rhythm in Shoes (directed 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, the creative capitol of the Heartland, Rhythm in Shoes 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, the creation of exciting and thought-provoking work is achieved by maintaining a strong company of musicians and dancers, and by collaborating with other, like-minded artists who are steeped in tradition and pushing their boundaries.