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Capezio darling Anami Thomas follows in her parents’ footsteps

Child model Anami Thomas Anami Thomas wearing her Capezio ballet shoes in "The Nutcracker." Photo by XMBphotography.

By Chelsea Thomas of Dance Informa.

Six-year-old Anami Thomas might have just started dancing three years ago but there is no doubt that if she puts her mind to it, she can be just as successful as her all-star parents.

The daughter of Rasta Thomas and Capezio Athlete Adrienne Canterna, some might say she has dancing in her genes. Her mom Adrienne travels the world as a dancer, master teacher, choreographer and judge. She has performed with dance companies around the world including the Universal Ballet, the Washington Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Anami’s dad Rasta also travels the globe as a dancer, choreographer, director and judge. He was the first American to become a member of Russia’s Kirov Ballet and has performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem as well as guested with American Ballet Theatre, Victor Ullate’s Ballet of Spain, National Ballet of China, Joffrey Ballet, Lines Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Adrienne Canterna and Anami Thomas

Anami Thomas modeling Capezio with her mother, Adrienne Canterna.

Now Anami’s parents co-lead Bad Boys of Dance, the all-male dance company they co-founded that is experiencing great acclaim in performances all around the world. Anami even gets to travel with them sometimes!

In an interview with Dance Informa, Anami said it’s fun to have parents who dance. She explained, “I like it because they're fun and silly. Sometimes I even go on tour with them.”

As one of Capezio’s newest child models, Anami recently got to taste a little of her parents’ fame herself as she got to participate in a photo shoot with her mom.

She said, “It was fun because I got to go with mommy and I got to be in a picture with mommy. I got to wear a lavender leotard with a dance skirt.”

When she’s not traveling with her parents, she stays with her grandparents and takes dance class at “the Edna Lee Dance Studio and from my Aunt Sissy.” She is already studying tap, ballet and jazz and doing competition groups. 

Her love for dance is simple at its core – as it should be for now. She says, “I like dancing with my friends.”

One day Anami aspires to be a teacher. She explains, “I want to be a teacher and teach 3 and 4 year olds in Preschool.” But for now she’ll continue dancing for fun and cheering on her mom and dad.