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  1. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    The Bad Boys of Dance in performance

  2. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    Rasta Thomas

  3. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    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

  4. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    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.

  5. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    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

  6. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    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

  7. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    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

  8. Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance
    Photograph: Courtesy of the Bad Boys of Dance

    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

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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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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