Rasta Thomas studied at the world-renowned Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. As a teenager he made dance competition history with honors including the Special Jury Prize from the 1994 Paris International Dance Competition, the Gold Medal in the Junior Men’s Division of the 1996 Varna International Ballet Competition, and the Gold Medal in the Senior Men’s Division of the USA-IBC.
Rasta Thomas has been the subject of feature articles in newspapers and magazines for over 30 years. He has been described as “a force of nature”, a hybrid of Bruce Lee and Baryshnikov.
Rasta has served as the Lead Dance Director for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and he has also led the world-class instructors from DADA who come to the Carr Center for our two-week summer dance intensive.
A public showcase featuring the gifted dancers of this year’s academy will be held on Sunday, July 24th in the beautiful Ford Theater of Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden St.in midtown.