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Go behind the scenes of STOMP

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By Rachel Leigh

"It's not exactly like tap, but it's rhythmic," explains cast member Michelle Smith. "We do a lot of stuff on our bodies, as well."

This is how two year STOMP cast member Michelle Smith describes body percussion. She and her fellow "STOMPERS" travel the country making music with unconventional instruments.

"We have a good time just making music out of garbage cans, kitchen sinks, plungers," says South Florida native Raymond Poitier.

Plus, it's a great way to pay the bills. "We get paid to just have fun and entertain."

And, they're always looking for new ways to change things up. "We put different things in the show all the time, and we take things out, you know, keep it fresh. We get a chance to ad lib a lot."

Even off the stage, they're still creating rhythm. "If we can't find something to bang, we'll start clapping or stomping," Michelle says.

The small cast comes for all types of backgrounds. There's the Julliard grad, the history buff, the actor and the percussionist. But one thing has brought them all together.

"We were always banging on stuff. I used to fill up different glasses with different amounts of water, and I'd get a different note. So, I guess STOMP we're all meant to be in STOMP. I was pushing brooms around when I was like five to a rhythm," says STOMP's Dustin Elsea.

I even gave it a try; they make it look so easy! But, I think, I'll stick to watching instead of stomping!

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