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Rock The Ballet - It's Ballet With Attitude

When:

Wed 6 Jun 2012, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Thu 7 Jun 2012, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 8 Jun 2012, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 9 Jun 2012, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sun 10 Jun 2012, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Starting price: $71.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Sandra Roberts

Rasta Thomas’ 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

"Rasta Thomas has enormous talent and undeniable charisma", "excellent dancers", "crowd pleasing" - The New York Times.

Founder, Director & Principal Dancer, Rasta Thomas describes Rock the Ballet as “a new type of ballet for the 21st century, and we are calling it pop-ballet”.

Versatile and gutsy, these talented performers stretch the bounds of dancing with athletic jumps, endless turns and endearing individuality. Featuring the sensational talents of six bad boys and one pretty girl, this show will surely get you on your feet and smiling.

Multi award-winning Director and Principal Dancer, Rasta Thomas was, in 2001, 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. In 2005, Thomas starred on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's hit musical, Movin' Out. Thomas has danced some of the greatest roles ever created by Petipa, Balanchine, Robbins and more. He has been a principal dancer with over 20 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.

The Rock the Ballet company includes the talents of New York Fringe Festival dancer, Michael Keefe, Robbie Nicholson from Broadway’s Music Man, award-winning choreographer and director, Adrienne Canterna-Thomas and So You Think You Can Dance US finalists Karla Garcia, Jakob Karr, Kameron Bink and Kevin Mylrea.

“Rock the Ballet is a show that goes way beyond a normal dance company experience... I am amazed by our success...and I am so excited about introducing pop-ballet to Australian audiences!” said Rasta Thomas.

"The Bad Boys of Dance strive to free ballet from its prissy aura... the Bad Boys of Dance... are proclaiming loud and clear that ballet is sexy, spectacular, and yes, very masculine." - The New Yorker

"Absolutely dazzling dancing" - Boston Globe

“The amazing boys performing in Rock the Ballet are taking Hamburg by storm... Rock the Ballet is a sort of a rejuvenating cure for the ballet that is to include tap-dancing, hip-hop, martial arts, show and humour” - Hamburger Morgenpost

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