Buckets and Tap Shoes

High-Voltage Tap Dance and Percussion

Buckets and Tap Shoes

Buckets and Tap Shoes bring a high-energy blend of music, dance and drumming from the streets of Minneapolis to events around the globe.

The multi-talented Ausland brothers, Rick and Andy, take audiences on a rhythmic journey using percussion instruments including; tap shoes, found objects, drums, and buckets.

As a 3-piece ensemble, Rick and Andy Ausland are joined by their third brother, Joey (a.k.a. DJ SL3NDR). Although not a tap dancer, Joey is an accomplished DJ and drummer who adds additional percussion and musical elements to the show.

Since its premiere, Buckets and Tap Shoes have toured internationally as well as multiple North American tours including 35 of the 50 United States.

Audiences young and old love the rhythm, creativity, and comedy in every Buckets and Tap Shoes performance. Experience the phenomenon the New York Times called "Utterly brilliant."

>> Career Highlights

Performed on next-to-last broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, with Garrison Keillor (2016)
MN Sage Award nomination for "Best Dance Performance" (2013)
Voted "Best Dance Performance" by City Pages (2005)
MN State Fair Talent Competition, Open Division Champions (1998)

>> Testimonials

"American-style street sounds"
-New York Post

"High-energy, high-voltage dance and music."
-Denver Post

"Utterly brilliant - they are virtuoso percussive players on, yes, buckets and extraordinary tap dancers, as capable of channeling hip-hop as Astaire-like suavity."
-New York Times

"...amazing, contagious energy and joy unconfined."
-New York Observer

"Jaw-dropping tap dancing"
-Star Tribune

"Transferring the innovation and spontaneity of street performance to the stage."
-City Pages, Minneapolis

"Anyone who saw them last year can attest it was an incredible experience"
-Vail International Dance Festival

"They use humor and wit and engage each other and the audience with their dancing, which is filled with foot work at breakneck speed. Percussion pours through them, and the rhythms of hip-hop, rock, and r&b spin through the air."
-Charleston City Paper

>> Basic Set-Up Needs

>> Sample Introduction

>> Pricing Information

Pricing for each act varies depending on a number of factors including: location of the event; popularity of the date; routing for each act; type of event; single or multiple day performances; length of show, etc. To get a specific and accurate quote for your event please contact our office by completing the form below or calling (612) 361-6002. We respond very quickly to answer all our clients' questions.

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