Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance brought out all the fireworks Thursday night, when they opened a three-day run at the
The Boys' program is an 80-minute spectacle of tricks, beautiful bodies, and pulsating colored light. The dance seamlessly blends the sharp arm movements of hip-hop and ballet's entrechats and arabesques, with contemporary, jazz, and other forms mixed in, all set to a score of 19 mostly highly recognizable pop songs. It feels like an evening-length music video.
The second part, "We Are the Champions," is a showstopper, with acrobatics, long leaps, and series of seven or more pirouettes dazzling the audience to pop numbers such as "Moves Like Jagger" and "Stayin' Alive." Here, more tricks are added, including split jumps, back flips, and arm stands.
It isn't long before the Boys are bringing "SexyBack," ripping off their shirts, flaunting their abs, and strutting into Chippendales territory.
The dancers are clearly beautiful, confident, athletic. The hyper-sexiness gets the audience going, but it seems cheap. They don't need it. Let the dancing speak for itself, and they would be golden.
Additional performances: 2 and
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