Bad Boy Rock
The DuPont Theatre is set to "Rock the Ballet." Plus, step up to the plate at Meals from the Masters and hear the Delaware Symphony Orchestra get the Led out.
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Bad Boy Rock
Rasta Thomas and the Bad Boys of Dance are pushing the dance world off its pointed toes, so expect big things when the troupe hits Delaware in “Rock the Ballet” at DuPont Theatre April 3-5. “Audiences may not get Rasta the first time,” says Marsha Borin, president of Rasta Thomas LLC, “but they’ll love him.” “Rock the Ballet” fuses ballet, Broadway jazz, contemporary dance, hip-hop and tap in what may be uncharted dance territory that has earned stellar reviews around the world. Critics in Zurich called the show “as anarchic as it is technically perfect.” The Bad Boys are great dancers, but the star is Thomas, a heartthrob “Entertainment Tonight” called “a mix between Baryshnikov, Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson.” Thomas got attention on Broadway for his starring role in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out,” then formed the Bad Boys in 2007. The name is intentionally provocative. Thomas hoped to embrace younger crowds while not discouraging traditional ballet lovers. “I want there to be a future for dance,” he says. “Kids with expendable income are going to the movies. They’re not going to the ballet.” Thomas may be a superstar in the making, but he’s no diva. “Don’t believe the hype,” he says. “My success comes from blood, sweat and tears.” For more, call 656-4401 or visit duponttheatre.com. —Maria Hess
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