Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet the BAD BOYS!

BAD BOYS OF DANCE was founded by dance superstar Rasta Thomas in 2007. Today the company brings their magic to the masses, giving over 150 shows a year and has performed for over 500,000 fans worldwide. BBD dancers have performed on Broadway, been in Feature Films, and have been adored by millions on hit TV shows like "Dancing with the Stars". In 2010 they performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC with Sir Elton John for a Rainforest charity event also starring Lady Gaga, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and more. In 2011 they made a special guest performance on FOX's "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" and are currently touring the world with their hit shows "ROCK the Ballet" & "Tap Stars".

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Who's Who

RASTA THOMAS (Artistic Director) 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 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. He has performed at the White House for the President of the United States and has appeared at Harlem's famous "Apollo Theater". In 2005, Rasta starred on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's hit musical, "Movin' Out". Rasta is the founding director of "Bad Boys of Dance" and in 2008 he created the international hit show Rasta Thomas' "Rock The Ballet"

ADRIENNE CANTERNA-THOMAS (Choreographer/Dancer) Kirov Academy of Ballet scholarship graduate, Adrienne Canterna, is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including the 1998 Women's Junior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. As a Principal guest ballerina she danced the roles of Gamzatti in "La Bayadere", the Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", and Kitri in "Don Quixote" with the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea. She has appeared in numerous galas including the prestigious "Les Gala des Etoiles" where she performed "LeCorsaire" pas de deux with international ballet star, Carlos Acosta. Adrienne travels the world as a dancer, master teacher, choreographer and judge. She can be seen as a ballet soloist in the motion picture "Step Up". Adrienne is the choreographer of the international hit show Rasta Thomas' ROCK the Ballet & the founder and Artistic Director of "Pretty Girls of Dance".

JAMES BOYD (Bad Boy) James was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and started dancing at age eleven at Dansations Performing Arts Center. His training led him to earn his B.F.A from Suny Purchase College in 2010. Mr. Boyd became fluent in ballet, jazz, hiphop, breakdance, modern and tap. James has received numerous scholarships from the conventions L.A.D.F., Urban Jamm, Company Dance and N.Y.C.D.A.

RYAN CARLSON (Bad Boy) Ryan was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He began his dance training at age eleven at Center Stage Dance Company. Ryan has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and gymnastics. He is a graduate from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and has received many awards as a competition dancer including Teen Mr. Dance of Florida. Ryan is a member of the award winning “Systematic” dance crew with recognition as the winner of BET’s "Best Dance Crew". He has been a featured dancer in several music videos and TV commercials.

LEE GUMBS (Bad Boy) Lee Gumbs started dancing at age 5 and by 7 he received scholarships for ballet & jazz classes. Shortly after he started signing himself up for more classes without permission! This is when his mom realized this was more than a hobby. He went on to win numerous regional & national dance competitions. Lee started traveling solo at 15 to L.A., New York, Las Vegas & Virginia Beach to take advantage of scholarships he had won. At 16 he was the first boy chosen by Dance Spirit magazine as 1 of the top 3 cover models out of thousands of entries.

BRANDT MARTINEZ (Bad Boy) Brandt is originally from Peoria Arizona, Brandt trained at a very young age at Spisak Dance Academy in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Then later furthered his dance education at Tempe Dance Academy where he learned many different styles that make him the versatile dancer he is today. Brandt has been a featured dancer in the International Dance Alliance where he toured over 5 countries in Europe. Brandt has worked with many choreographers such as Tabitha and Napoleon, Tyce Diorio, TOKYO, Joe Lanteri, Joey Dowling, and Jason Parsons. Brandt has been a featured dancer in the annual show, “The Spirit of Christmas” located in Phoenix, Arizona for the past two years.

SHANE OHMER (Bad Boy) Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Shane began his dance training at the High School For Creative and Performing Arts. Upon an early graduation, he finished his training in Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Professional Division. He has danced in Pacific Northwest Ballet, River North Chicago Dance Company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and most recently has been a guest artist for numerous companies around the world. Shane has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, the Middle East, and Europe performing in works by Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, and George Balanchine. Recently, he created choreography for celebrity fashion designers The Blonds in NY Fashion week. Besides dancing, Shane has been a runway model in NY Fashion week for Commonwealth Utilities and Armani Exchange and was featured in GQ and GAP Press Magazines.

TIM OlSON (Bad Boy) Tim Olson originally resides from Anoka, MN. Dancing since the age of 3, and teaching since 15, Tim now 21 has studied various styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop at Northland School of Dance and other various schools of dance including Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway etc... His achievements include 2004 national teen title at West Coast Dance Explosion, 2005 Tanzsommer Dance Festival in Austria, and top 3 senior male at NYCDA. Tim this past year danced with Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. Performing productions such as “ It’s a Wonderful Life”, “ Giselle”, and “ Romeo and Juliet”. Tim is continuing to pursue his dreams and goals and is excited about the future projects coming up.

PHILLIP CARMAN (Resident Director/Ballet Master) Former Artistic Director of the Maryland Ballet, Mr. Carman has enjoyed an illustrious career in the ballet. As a member of the PA Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, & Tanz Projekt Munchen, he has amassed a wealth of experience. Phillip has served as a Cultural Ambassador in Italy, and his choreography continues to receive enthusiastic reviews in Europe and the USA. He enjoys his work as an international competitions' coach, judging top dance competitions and serving as Artistic Director of St. Paul Chamber Ballet.

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