Reaching far beyond the realms of classical ballet, Rasta Thomas has achieved so much more than turning the dance world on its head with his "pop ballet". Bringing ballet to the masses, Thomas has made dance accessible to anyone with an appreciation for music and movement in a glorious, thrilling exhibition of the human body's capabilities.
Founded by Thomas and choreographed by his wife Adrienne Canterna-Thomas, the two exceptional and successful dancers in their own right have combined their respective talents and created an unbelievable show of jaw dropping acrobatics, unbelievable feats of strength and classic ballet technique, all set to a rocking score of Michael Jackson, Queen and U2.
2012 is the second time Thomas has brought his Bad Boys of Dance to delighted Melbourne audiences. The group of six male dancers and one "pretty girl" (Canterna-Thomas) is riveting from the moment they step onto the stage to the Black Eyed Peas single I Gotta Feelin'. Engaging the crowd from the first bar, the "bad boys" encourage audience participation and appreciation, far removed from the prim and proper rules of classical ballet.
More like a rock concert than a ballet, the performers have the unique ability to move, challenge, amaze and seduce an audience. Clad in jeans, these ballet masters dominate the stage in every aspect of dance. Combining Broadway with contemporary dance, acrobatics with classical ballet technique, the troupe is faultless in their execution. While Thomas and Canterna-Thomas were clearly the stars of the show (the audience reaction to Thomas was akin to that of a rock god), the male principals and bad boys were every ounce as technically (and physically) stunning as their director.
Thomas has taken ballet out of its stuffy box and back into the spotlight where it belongs. The physicality and beauty of the dance has been updated for 21st century audiences in a manner not achieved on this global scale before. Thomas' crew of "bad boys and pretty girls" should be commended for their energy, dedication and unwavering respect for the dance form.
Rock the Ballet is a joyous expression of the beauty of dance. Whether you are a ballet diehard or have two left feet, Rock the Ballet will make you want to bust a move and smile all the way home.
Rock the Ballet
Venue: State Theatre, VIC Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
Dates: May 30, 31 & June 1, 2, 3
Times: Tue – Fri at 7.30pm; Sat 2pm & 7.30pm; Sun at 2pm & 6pm
Tickets: $98.90 – $79.90
Bookings: The Arts Centre on www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183 | Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 136 166