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December 31, 2006 | Lewis Segal
RASTA THOMAS Ballet star Not many dancers have performed leading roles with the Kirov Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and National Ballet of Cuba, plus Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out" on Broadway and a featured solo at the Academy Awards. But Rasta Thomas has earned credits and medals galore without, somehow, establishing himself in the ballet public's mind as indelibly as other dancers who've spent their careers in one place or company.
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July 5, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Nestled away in Western Massachusetts' bucolic Berkshire Mountains sits Jacob's Pillow, founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn and now home to the U.S.'s premiere dance festival and teaching center. The Pillow's unique history and striking performance credentials receive a warmly reverent close-up in Ron Honsa's documentary "Never Stand Still. " A virtual Who's Who of modern and classical dance masters have taught, choreographed or performed at the Pillow, known the world over for its annual summer celebration of the art form.
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July 5, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Nestled away in Western Massachusetts' bucolic Berkshire Mountains sits Jacob's Pillow, founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn and now home to the U.S.'s premiere dance festival and teaching center. The Pillow's unique history and striking performance credentials receive a warmly reverent close-up in Ron Honsa's documentary "Never Stand Still. " A virtual Who's Who of modern and classical dance masters have taught, choreographed or performed at the Pillow, known the world over for its annual summer celebration of the art form.
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December 31, 2006 | Lewis Segal
RASTA THOMAS Ballet star Not many dancers have performed leading roles with the Kirov Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and National Ballet of Cuba, plus Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out" on Broadway and a featured solo at the Academy Awards. But Rasta Thomas has earned credits and medals galore without, somehow, establishing himself in the ballet public's mind as indelibly as other dancers who've spent their careers in one place or company.
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January 6, 2005
Question: With musicals making a comeback on film, is there a Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers or Gene Kelly for this generation? * Segal: By general agreement, there's never been a greater tap dancer than Savion Glover, and every year local audiences see shows spotlighting such great-looking, brilliantly skilled dancers as Holly Cruikshank (Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out") and Rasta Thomas (Debbie Allen's "Pearl").
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December 19, 2002 | Carolyn Patricia Scott
A third-degree black belt at the age of 9, Rasta Thomas nonetheless misbehaved in martial arts classes. His punishment: ballet classes. The result: He was the first American to join the Kirov Ballet in Russia and is now the star of "Pearl," Debbie Allen's dance remake of "Snow White." His role? He plays Charm, of course. Monday, Monday The only real day off I have is Monday, when the theater is dark.
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November 22, 2002 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
In time-honored fairy-tale tradition, Debbie Allen's musical retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is packed with lessons, from proper dental care to being cautious around strangers. But most of all, "Pearl," as she calls her story, is about tapping inner truth and beauty, and letting it flow out into the world.
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March 23, 2004 | Susan Reiter, Special to The Times
Just past 11 a.m., nine advanced students from the School of American Ballet began the daily ritual of a class. But as they meticulously unfolded their long legs, no mirrors enabled them to check their alignment. Instead, the pensive face of a young George Balanchine watched from a backdrop. Thus began "Wall to Wall George Balanchine," a richly illuminating, nonstop 12-hour program held onstage at New York's Symphony Space on Saturday to mark the great choreographer's centennial.
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March 21, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
When Savion Glover isn't redefining the art of tap-dancing, he slips the most famous feet in show business into size 12 1/2 Jordans or boots. Filling that footwear would be a tall order for anyone else, because nobody in millennial dance so dominates any style or idiom as definitively as Glover dominates tap. At 31, he's the acknowledged master -- the summation of tap's past, the torchbearer for its future -- with no real rivals on the horizon but plenty of imitators and proteges.
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September 1, 2006 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
THERE'S the chef, the trainer, the assistant who some call "E" and someone known as "Rasta Phil," whose exact job isn't precisely clear. Meet Mark Wahlberg's posse, a tight band that is almost impossible to crack, as a visit to the set of the actor's forthcoming movie "Shooter" illustrated. It's the real version of "Entourage," the Emmy-winning HBO hit series inspired by Wahlberg, who also serves as the series' executive producer.
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