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 at 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 1995, he became a member of Le Jeune Ballet de France and in 1997, was invited to be a Principal Dancer with the Hartford Ballet. Some of his guest credits include American Ballet Theatre, Victor Ullate Ballet of Spain, National Ballet of China, Joffrey Ballet, Lines Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet. 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 as a Principal. Rasta has danced diverse roles from “Albrecht” in Giselle, “Basilio” in Don Quixote, “Ali” in Le Corsaire, to classic works by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Debbie Allen, Ulysses Dove and Jerry Mitchell. Rasta has been in several TV documentaries, performed at the Academy Awards, was a featured dancer in an international ad campaign for GAP, and appeared in the feature film, “One Last Dance”, starring Patrick Swayze. He has performed at the White House for the President of the United States and opened for Aretha Franklin at Harlem’s famous “Apollo Theater”. In 2005, Rasta starred on Broadway in Twyla Tharp’s hit musical, “Movin’ Out”. In 2007, Rasta performed as a guest artist in “Othello” in the title role with American Ballet Theatre for their Met season. Rasta is the founding director of “Bad Boys of Dance” and in 2008 he created Rasta Thomas’ “Rock The Ballet” with his wife Adrienne Canterna. Following up their international hit “Rock the Ballet”, they launched “TAP STARS”. In 2011, Rasta held the position of Resident Director at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, California.
In addition to touring the world with his company BBD, he is the Artistic Director/CEO of Showbiz and Primetime Talent Competition.
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. Other prestigious awards include winning the title of “Teen Miss Dance of America” and the “Grishko Award of Excellence in Ballet.” Adrienne has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean and more. 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 in NYC. She has appeared in numerous galas worldwide including the Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, the Vail Dance Festival and Les Gala des Etoiles where she performed “Le Corsaire” pas de deux with international ballet star, Carlos Acosta. She appeared as a soloist in “Placido Domingo, Tribute to the Washington Opera,” performing to “Stars and Stripes” directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, airing on PBS. In 2002, she formed American Dance Artists, a company of nationally acclaimed young dancers. Adrienne travels the world as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and judge. She can be seen as a ballet soloist in the film “Step up”. Ms. Canterna was featured in the international ad campaign for Mondetta Performance Gear. Adrienne is the choreographer & co-creator of the international hit dance show “ROCK the Ballet” and was a special guest performer with Rasta Thomas’ BAD BOYS of DANCE on the hit tv show “So You Think You Can Dance”. In 2013 she created & choreographed the world premiere of Rasta Thomas’ “ROMEO and JULIET” in Europe to rave reviews from critics & audiences alike. Ms. Canterna is a proud ambassador for CAPEZIO! Adrienne was a Semi Finalist on Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” with her group BAD BOYS of BALLET. Follow Adrienne Canterna on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!