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                                   Rasta Thomas’

               Rock the Ballet
                           Direct From New York
                           Touring Australia - from June 2010
Direct from New York and following on from sell out seasons in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and
Frankfurt comes Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet starring the Bad Boys of Dance. Rock the Ballet
is a fusion of classic Ballet technique blended with the excitement of musical theatre, hip hop, ballet,
tap, contemporary, gymnastics and more.

Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet features a stellar soundtrack including some of the biggest hits
from U2, Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz. Set against a backdrop
of video projected scenery, the show is exciting, fun, fleshy, raunchy powerful, and brilliantly
entertaining and as the New York Times wrote

   “Rock the Ballet is a new type of ballet for the 21st century and we are calling it POP-
                                          BALLET” –
                                           Rasta Thomas
•   Founder and Principal Dancer, Rasta Thomas created the dynamic Rock the
    Ballet in 2008

•   This show is perfect for dance lovers and theatre goers

•   Rock the Ballet stars the versatile and talented Bad Boys of Dance and one
    incredible girl

•   The Rock the Ballet company is made up of young dancers starting as young as
    eighteen. Rasta Thomas and resident choreographer, Adrienne Canterna-Thomas are
    in their mid twenties

•   Director & Principal Dancer, Rasta Thomas founded Bad Boys of Dance. In 2007,
    the company debuted at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts

•   The soundtrack for the show features huge tracks such as Queen’s
    Bohemian Rhapsody, U2’s Beautiful Day, Prince’s When Dove’s Cry and
    Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel amongst others

•   Techniques come from a range of disciplines including musical theatre, hip hop,
    ballet, tap, contemporary, gymnastics and more

•   Rasta Thomas found role models in dance masters like Michael Jackson, Michail
    Baryshnikov and the great martial arts expert, Bruce Lee because of his unbelievable
    speed and dance-like ease. Other dance role models include; Tetsuya Kumakawa,
    the first dancer originating from Asia to dance with Royal Ballet Company in 1989,
    Desmond Richardson, who has worked as a dancer and choreographer with artists
    such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin and Madonna and Carlos Acosta,
    one of the most influential dancers and choreographers.

•   The performance is energetic, stretching the bounds of dancing with athletic jumps,
    endless turns and endearing individuality

•   Three of the company’s dancers Kameron Bink and Kevin Mylrea were finalists in
    So You think You Can Dance US

•   Set design is made up of fascinating video backdrop scenery

•   Rock the Ballet– and took Hamburg by storm

•   Rasta Thomas appreciates the technique and foundation that ballet has given him
    but values the discipline he learnt from martial arts the most

•   Rasta Thomas describes the show as “fun” and “the concept for Rock the Ballet is
    good dancing to good music”

•   Some of Rasta Thomas’ favourite roles have included Basilio in Don Quixote,
    Albrecht in Giselle and the title role in Lar Lubovitch’s Othello

                    Rasta Thomas
                    Director, Founder, Principal Dancer
                    Rasta Thomas studied at the world-renowned Kirov Academy in
                    Washington D.C. As a teenager, Thomas made dance competition
                    history by getting the Special Jury Prize from the 1994 Paris
                    International Dance Competition and winning Gold Medals at the 1996
                    Varna International Ballet Competition, and the 1998 Jackson MS USA-
                    IBC Special Jury Prize from the 1994 Paris International Dance
In 1995, Thomas became a member of Le Jeune Ballet de France and in 1997, was invited
to be a Principal Dancer with the Hartford Ballet.In 2001 Thomas 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. Thomas has danced some of the greatest roles ever created by
Petipa, Balanchine, Robbins and has danced Swanlake as well as Broadway shows. He has
been a principal dancer with over twenty professional companies including American Ballet
Theater and Japan's K-Ballet. He has performed at the Academy Awards, danced at the
White House and made the film One Last Dance with Patrick Swayze.

                    Adrienne Canterna – Thomas
                    Resident Choreographer
                    Adrienne Canterna –Thomas is a Kirov Academy of Ballet scholarship
                    graduate, and 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. Other
                    prestigious awards include winning the title of Teen Miss Dance of
                    America and the Grishko Award of Excellence in Ballet.

                    Canterna-Thomas has travelled extensively throughout the United
                    States, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.

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 also danced with the Washington Ballet and Complexions Contemporary
Ballet. She appeared as a soloist in the Placido Domingo Tribute to the Washington Opera.

Canterna-Thomas also works as a dance coach and choreographer. She is the founder and
Artistic Director of Pretty Girls of Dance.
                       Karla Garcia
                       Principal Swing
                       Karla Garcia was part of the top seven in season five of the So You
                       Think You Can Dance USA. At an early age she took lessons in
                       Filipino folk dancing, today she specializes in jazz and contemporary
                       dances. She made her debut as the youngest dancer on the
                       Broadway run of Hot Feet, danced for VH1 Divas Live show behind
                       Jordin Sparks and was in the company of the USA’s national tour of
                       Wicked. She has also part of the ensemble for the Radio City
                       Christmas Spectacular. Garcia is a member of Boogie Bots Crew
                       and Siopao and has a BFA in dance and a minor in Journalism from
                       New York University's Tisch School of the Artis. When Garcia is not
                       performing she is teaching and choreographing.

                    Michael Keefe
                    Principal Swing
                    Michael Keefe trained at Kerry Smith's Academy of Dance Arts and
                    K&M Studio, Inc. in Massachusetts. He was a featured dancer with The
                    Massachusetts Youth Ballet. He then went on to expand his training at
                    NYU's Tisch School for the Performing Arts. Keefe has won numerous
                    individual titles including Mr Headliner. His professional credits include
                    dancing with singing artist JoJo, the New York City Fringe Festival and
                    being a featured soloist in Rhythmic Circus' Feet Don't Fail Me Now.

He was also a featured tap dancer at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration Celebration & the
off Broadway show, Mike Minery & Friends. He is a proud member of Bad Boys of Dance
and has been a featured performer in Rock the Ballet since its debut in 2008.

                    Robert Nicholson
                    Dance Captain
                    Robbie Nicholson is from Virginia and spent almost two years in The
                    Music Man. During that time, he appeared on The Tony Awards, The
                    Today Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and the Macy's Thanksgiving
                    Day Parade. Nicholson won the first and only title of American Dance
                    Idol. In 2008 he was a featured dancer in the final cast of Encore! at
                    Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. His choreography has been highly
                    awarded at numerous competitions.
                     Sergey Kheylik
                     Sergey is originally from Voronezh, Russia. He began his ballet training
                     in Voronezh. At 12 he went to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow
                     and received a scholarship from the Rudolph Nureyev Foundation to
                     study at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. In 2000, he won the
                     Hope Prize at Prix De Lausanne in Switzerland and later studied under
                     Peter Pestov at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany.
                     During his studies in Germany he won 1st prize at the 2001 Vienna
                     International Ballet Competition and the gold medal in Bulgaria at the
                     2002 Varna International Ballet Competition. His professional career
                     started shortly thereafter when he guested with Universal Ballet in

In 2003, he joined Vienna State Opera Ballet as and was invited to dance in America with
Carolina Ballet the following year. Kheylik’s interests have recently evolved towards
contemporary ballet and challenging his previous classical background. Within the past five
years his companies have included Cirque Du Soleil, Los Angeles Ballet, Odyssey Dance
Theatre, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, South African Ballet Theatre and Hong Kong Ballet.
He danced in Paramount Pictures’ production of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Kheylik currently lives in Los Angeles and works as a freelance artist, traveling to different
festivals frequently and sharing his talent across the world.

                      Chris McCarthy
                      Chris McCarthy is studying at Miami Dance Town, under the direction
                      of Manny Castro and signing as a dancer/entertainer for C & J

                      McCarthy has performed for the NFL Miami Dolphins halftime show,
                      as the Principal cabaret dancer in the travelling series of the Las
                      Vegas headline show Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli Together Again.
                      McCarthy performed for the 2008-2009 New Year's Celebration
                      Concert featuring Prince and Madonna in the Bahamas.

                     Kevin Mylrea
                     Kevin Mylrea is a Top 20 Finalist on Season 1 of the hit TV show So
                     You Think You Can Dance Canada on CTV. He has trained throughout
                      Europe, Japan, and the United States & worked & studied
                      with companies such as: Pushing Progress, Spellbound Dance
                      Company Rome & MOVE Vancouver. Mylrea has worked & studied
                      with companies such as Pushing Progress, Spellbound Dance
                      Company, Rome & MOVE Vancouver.
His film/TV credits include The Lizzie Mcguire Movie, Eureka, Dr. Doolittle 3 & Breakfast
Television. He has most recently completed a contract in Tokyo, Japan dancing as a tap
soloist in a Broadway style review called Big Band Beat!
Chris King
Chris King studied at his mother's studio, the King Centre where he
studied tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. In 2007-2008 King was a swing
with the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical Movin' Out where he was
privileged to perform the principal role of Eddie. He's also been in
Saturday Night Live sketches and recently he finished touring with the
Radio City Christmas Show.

Alexei Geronimo
Alexei is from Vancouver, BC, he studied ballet, jazz, contemporary,
hip hop, and tap at the Richmond Academy of Dance. Some of his
achievements include Brigadoon, TUTS Production For the Luv of It,
LADF Dance with the Force program in Los Angeles, Edge Scholarship
Program in Los Angeles, and Jazz Moves Live, Academy of Television
arts & sciences. Other training achievements include Banff Summer
School and Boston Ballet Summer School.

Kameron Bink
Kameron Bink started dancing at 6 years old; receiving training in
many areas including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics, Hip Hop and
Contemporary. One of Bink's most memorable dance experiences has
been appearing on the hit TV show the USA’s So You Think You Can
Dance? as a Top Ten Finalist. Bink is in demand as a master teacher,
choreographer & dancer across the USA.

Anthony Colantone
Anthony Colantone is originally from Youngstown, Ohio where he
started his training in dance at the age of fourteen. He has studied in
Virginia Beach, Virginia at Denise Wall's Dance Energy under the
teachings of Denise Wall and Vickey Cooke. Colantone performed at
the Harrison Opera House as a principal dancer in A Time To Dance.
In 2006 he was NYCDA's National Male first runner up and had the
amazing opportunity to perform in London for DRA at the Sadlers
Wells Theatre.
                    Chase Madigan
                    Chase Madigan, is originally from Leesburg, VA, where he grew up
                    training and competing with the Loudoun School of Ballet. In 2008,
                    just out of high school, he was cast in the original company of the
                    revival of West Side Story on Broadway. Since the fall of 2009, he has
                    enjoyed touring with New York City Dance Alliance as a
                    dancer/assistant under the direction of Joe Lanteri.

                         Franco Nieto
                         Franco Nieto was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington.
                         Nieto was an athlete playing football for seven years before
                         making his choice to dance. Nieto began his training at Vancouver
                         School of Arts and Academics, and Columbia Dance, later studying
                         under Tracey Durbin as a student and an assistant in Portland.

Franco graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a B.F.A. in
Jazz in 2009 and danced as a member of ezdanza in Montreal. He also dances with the
Northwest Dance Project, based in Portland Oregon. Nieto has performed works by, Robert
Battle, James Canfield, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Maurice Causey, Wen Wei Wang, Edgar
Zendejas and Andrea Miller.

                    Jakob Karr
                    Originally from Orlando, FL, Jakob Karr began dancing at the age of
                    12 where he trained and competed at a local studio. After graduating
                    high school, he moved to New York to attend The Ailey School while
                    touring with New York City Dance Alliance as their National Senior
                    Outstanding Dancer. He was a finalist on season 6 of So You Think
                    You Can Dance USA. Most recently he was a featured dancer at the
                    82nd Annual Academy Awards.

“Dance at it’s best!” – New York Times

“Look out the world, Rasta Thomas has arrived” – New York Times

“Rasta has it all!” – Patrick Swayze

“With Rock the Ballet they inspire the audience getting them up from their seats… The
energy and joy… is simply contagious” – Hamburger Abdenblatt

“Thomas’s group of dancers are highly trained professionals with great ballet technique.
Thomas himself is quite a vituouso”. – Helsingin Sanomat

“Rock the Ballet is sort of a rejuvenating cure for the ballet that is to include tap dancing,
Hip-Hop, Martial Arts, show and humour”. – Hamburger Morgenpost
Tickets on Sale
Melbourne - Gold Coast - Canberra - Sydney - Brisbane - Darwin – Perth

Ticket Prices
A Reserve $89.90; B Reserve $79.90; Conc $69.90

State Theatre – the Arts Centre                             June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
The Arts Centre 1300 182 183 or
Ticketmaster 1300 136 166 or

Theatre - Gold Coast Arts Centre                            June 8, 9, 10
Box Office 07 5588 4000 or

Canberra Theatre Centre                                     June 11, 12, 13
Canberra Ticketing 02 6275 2700 or

State Theatre                                               June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Ticketmaster 136 100 or

Brisbane Concert Hall - QPAC                                June 22, 23, 24
QPAC 136 246 or

Darwin Entertainment Centre                                 June 26, 27
Box Office 08 8980 3333 or

Regal Theatre                                               June 29, 30
Ticketek 132 849 or                     July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
                                                                  11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
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Gold Coast
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Michelle Guthrie, MGM Management - 02 8399 1613

ROCK THE BALLET – National Tour of Australia announced

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