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The Bad Boys of Dance, by the numbers

Our stat sheet on the half-dozen athletes dancing into the Auditorium Theatre this weekend.

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The Bad Boys of Dance in performance

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Rasta Thomas

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Name Brandt Martinez, 21
Hometown
Peoria, Arizona
Stats
5'9", 165 lbs
Began dancing at age
10
Months as a Bad Boy
18
Music in heavy rotation
Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley. �I�m also a huge Eminem fan.�
Guilty pleasures
Hot peppers and hot sauces
�Before a show, I�
just relax. But I end every performance with a set of push-ups.�
Aches and pains
Fractured tibia
Favorite dancing footwear
�Three pairs of socks, never matching.�
Nondance interests
Being outdoors, hiking and jet-skiing

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Name James Boyd, 23
Hometown
Jacksonville, Florida
Stats
5'8", 160 lbs
Began dancing at age
11
Months as a Bad Boy
12
Guilty pleasures
Fried chicken and Cheetos
�Before a show, I�
take three deep breaths.�
Aches and pains
Achilles tendinitis
Favorite dancing footwear
Sneakers
Nondance interests
Playing pool. Watching football. Anything that doesn�t require wearing tights.

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Name Lee Gumbs, 19
Hometown
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Stats
5'11", 160
Began dancing at age
8
Months as a Bad Boy
10
Aches and pains
None, knock wood
Favorite dancing footwear
Bare feet
Nondance interest
Photography

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Name Ryan Carlson, 20
Hometown
Jacksonville, Florida
Stats
5'7", 140 lbs
Began dancing at age
12
Months as a Bad Boy
10
�I bring�
that fresh, raw swag.�
Career high
Appearing on BET television show 106 & Park

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Name Shane Ohmer, 25
Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stats
6'2", 180 lbs
Began dancing at age
8
Months as a Bad Boy
10
�I bring�
the lead-ballet-dancer quality, with a little Freddie Mercury.�
Career highs
Performing with River North Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
Music in heavy rotation
Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Yes, Lil Wayne, Rascal Flatts
Guilty pleasures
Olives, pickles and chocolate milk

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Name Timmy Olson, 22
Hometown
Anoka, Minnesota
Stats
5'6", 150 lbs
Began dancing at age
3
Months as a Bad Boy
11
�I bring�
the turns, and I tell the jokes.�
Guilty pleasure
Being a Minnesota sports fan
�Before a show, I�
have to eat an apple.�
Aches and pains
None, knock wood
Favorite dancing footwear
�My awesome jazz shoes.�
Nondance interests
Watching and playing sports

By phone from L.A., ballet star Rasta Thomas says he created the Bad Boys of Dance, which visits the Auditorium Theatre this weekend, to make concert-dance more accessible, especially to young people. “I don’t mean any disrespect, now. I hope to one day be old and wealthy and go to the ballet and the opera, too. But I’ll ask my peers”—Thomas is 30—“ ‘You wanna come see me dance?’ and they’re, like, ‘No.’ ” He laughs.

When not on tour (they’re big in Germany), the Bad Boys all live together in a big house outside of Baltimore. They occasionally get fan mail. “When a guy writes me to say, ‘My wife takes me to stuff all the time and I hate it, but I liked your show,’ that’s the most flattering,” Thomas says. “When it comes from the dude who didn’t think that he’d enjoy what we do.”

Click through the slideshow above for all the deets on the cast of the Chicago show.


Rasta Thomas’s Bad Boys of Dance bust into the Auditorium Theatre Saturday 5 and Sunday 6.

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