Bad Boys of Dance are back

  • 2013-04-25
  • From wire reports

ROCKING THE CROWD: The ‘Bad Boys’ bring their version of ballet to the Baltics.

TALLINN - After touring the world for five years, the “Bad Boys of Dance” will be coming to the Baltic States this May! Rasta Thomas’ “Rock the Ballet” is the dynamic, high energy dance show set to awesome music against a backdrop of fascinating video projected scenery. The show is created by husband and wife team Rasta Thomas - director, and Adrienne Canterna - choreographer.

Since 2008, “Rock the Ballet” has thrilled over one million spectators and has been performed in more than 20 countries worldwide. The show continues to receive rave reviews and standing ovations. “Rock the Ballet” features fantastic dancing to classic and up-to-the-minute pop and rock hits, from Kanye West to Coldplay to Michael Jackson and more. The choreography is brought to you by Adrienne Canterna, with her explosive mix of “Pop Ballet” styles. “Rock The Ballet fuses superb classical technique with fresh, modern dance styles, from Broadway to hip hop to acrobatics.

Thomas founded the “Bad Boys of Dance” in 2007. Based in Takoma Park, Maryland, it is one of two dance companies housed under the Echo Park Contemporary Ballet Center, managed by Cedric Tillman and Kenneth Rascher. Thomas chooses the dancers from competition, Broadway, and ballet backgrounds. “Rock the Ballet” is a “Bad Boys of Dance” show that incorporates jazz, hip hop, tap and gymnastics into its ballet elements.

The critical response to “Bad Boys of Dance” has been mixed, while the popular response has been enthusiastic. After seeing one of their early performances, Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times called it “the dance equivalent of a water-bomb gang,” and remarked that Thomas’ performance displayed “theatrical intelligence” and concluded that the “Bad Boys of Dance” resembles a group of friends, gifted performers with individual presences who enjoy one another’s company and blessedly have not an ounce of earnestness in them.

These days Thomas’ “Rock the Ballet” is taking Europe by storm. True, some purists at first were shocked at the idea of the best young ballet dancers in the world today devoting their talents to the rock hits young people love the world over. But even the purists have come around, joining the youth of Europe to fill theaters with standing ovations and rave reviews, from Finland to Italy and from Germany to France. Who can resist watching superbly trained, charismatic, handsome and sexy young men and women in a high voltage evening of spectacular dance to music by the likes of Queen, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Coldplay, The Bee Gees, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, INXS, George Michael, LMFAO, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Robert Palmer and many more.  

Call it acrobatic “pop” ballet or virtuoso rock dance, U.S.-based “Rock the Ballet” succeeds in blending ballet, hip hop, tap, contemporary and awesome acrobatics into an amazing evening of high energy entertainment. Add in seven amazing dance super stars, a dash of humor, the superb animated video scenery, the rainbow pallet rock concert-style lighting and the stage is set for “Rock the Ballet” fierce.

Their performances in the Baltic States will be no exception. “The Bad Boys of Dance” will come to Tallinn and Vilnius with dynamic power and energy, bright lights and moving images!

“The Bad Boys of Dance”
May 12 – 7 p.m. – Nokia Concert Hall, Tallinn; Tickets: 25 – 42 euros.  
May 13 – 8:30 p.m. – Congress Hall, Vilnius; Tickets: 113 – 218 litas
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