Collision of Rhythm will be hosting a workshop for percussionists ages 12-24 prior to their show on Saturday, March 16th, at the Performing Arts Center. (Submitted)

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Performing Arts Center is giving young musicians another opportunity to learn from a nationally-known recording artist.

General Manager David Mitchell says they will be offering free percussion workshop with Collision of Rhythm, an act that combines the talents of a tap-dancing percussion virtuoso with a beatbox juggling motivational speaker. The duo has been described as "Stomp meets Blue Man Group meets Cirque du Soleil."

The group will hold a workshop for area percussionists between the ages of 12 and 24 on the afternoon Saturday, March 16th. Participants of this fun and playful workshop will learn to use their body as an instrument and get in tune with their inner rhythm. They will build self-confidence, awareness, and coordination as they make music together as a group using a combination of body percussion and their voices. Participants will learn to express themselves musically in a supportive atmosphere filled with laughter and excitement.

Mitchell says the workshop is just another example of how they're working to connect the community to the professional artists they bring to the area. 

“We have the unique opportunity for local percussionists to participate in what literally could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he says.

Workshop participants will receive a free ticket to the group's performance that begins that night at 7:30 pm and will also have the chance to participate in the show. Mitchell says this should make for a memorable evening.

"Anytime we have community members and students perform with professional artists, it’s a magical experience for everyone in attendance,” he says.

Space is limited for the workshop and advanced registration is required. To register, visit or call 330-308-6400.

Tickets for the show start at $30 and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Free parking is available for all shows. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE in New Philadelphia.

The presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. Additional support for the educational workshop was received from the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation and the Dover Exchange Club. The Performing Arts Center’s 2018-2019 Season is sponsored by Michael Taylor Insurance and Financial Incorporated, an Allstate Agency.



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