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Bad Boys Of Dance
Bad Boys of Dance is a fresh, new dance
company comprised of the most talented and
versatile young male dancers in the world
today. Each Bad Boy is hand selected based
on his extraordinary physical abilities and
artistry. The talent of the Bad Boys is
unparalleled in the industry and was founded
by the dance world's very own Bad Boy,
Rasta Thomas. BBD's mission is to push the
boundaries of male dancing and deliver the
most exciting dance shows in the world. BBD
debuted to rave reviews and sold out crowds
at Jacob's Pillow 75th Anniversary Season
and continues to sell out all over the US and
Europe.
Rasta Thomas was born in San Francisco, California in 1981 and
raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Rasta studied at the world-renowned Kirov Academy in
Washington D.C. As a teenager, Rasta made dance competition history with honors
including the Special Jury Prize from the 1994 Paris International Dance Competition, the
Gold Medal in the Junior Men's Division from the 1996 Varna International Ballet
Competition, and the Gold Medal in the Senior Men's Division from the Jackson, MS
USA-IBC. In 1995, he became a member of Le Jeune Ballet de France and in 1997, was
invited to be a Principal Dancer with the Hartford Ballet.  Some of his guest credits
include American Ballet Theatre, Victor Ullate Ballet of Spain, National Ballet of China,
Joffrey Ballet, Lines Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lar
Lubovitch Dance Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.  In 2001, Rasta was the first
American to become a member of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia and then in
2003 he joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a Principal. Rasta has danced diverse roles
from "Albrecht" in Giselle, "Basilio" in Don Quixote, "Ali" in Le Corsaire, to classic works
by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Debbie Allen, Ulysses Dove and Jerry Mitchell. Rasta
has been in several TV documentaries, performed at the Academy Awards, was a
featured dancer in an international ad campaign for GAP, and appeared in the feature
film, "One Last Dance", starring Patrick Swayze. He has performed at the White House
for the President of the United States and opened for Aretha Franklin at Harlem's
famous "Apollo Theater". In 2005, Rasta starred on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's hit
musical, "Movin' Out". In 2007, Rasta performed as a guest artist in "Othello" in the title
role with American Ballet Theatre for their Met season. Rasta is the founding director of
"Bad Boys of Dance" and in 2008 he created Rasta Thomas' "Rock The Ballet" with his
wife Adrienne Canterna.
www.rastathomas.com
Where Beauty Meets Dance
Adrienne Canterna

A native of Maryland, 25 year old Adrienne began dancing at
age 3. She is a scholarship graduate of the Kirov Academy
of Ballet and a national and international guest artist,
choreographer, teacher and judge. In 1998, she was the
youngest American ever to win the Jr. Female Gold Medal at
the Jackson International Ballet Competition at the age of 15.
Other prestigious awards inclue "Teen Miss Dance of
America" and  the "Grishko Award of Excellence in Ballet".
She has performed across the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia
and the Caribbean. Adrienne has danced with numerous
companies including the Washington Ballet, Complexions
Contemporary Ballet and was a Principal Guest Ballerina with
the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea for their productions of
"Don Quixote", "The Nutcracker" and "La Bayadere".
Adrienne danced Le Corsaire pas de deux with international
ballet star Carlos Acosta at Le Gala des Etoiles in Montreal,
Canada. She can be seen in the motion picture "Step Up" &
has been featured in many TV specials including "Placido
Domingo's Tribute to the Washington Opera & the hit Swiss
show "Benissimo". Adrienne is the Associate Artistic Director
and Resident Choreographer of Rasta Thomas' "Bad Boys
of Dance" & is the choreographer of the international hit
show, "ROCK the Ballet".