T*ts, Scary, Mariah's Lapdog and Baldy aren't even mentioned in this press about The Bad Boys Of Ballet: http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81077652/ Local 'Bad Boys' face bad boy Howard Stern to win $1M The last time Adrienne Canterna and her dance group, the Bad Boys of Ballet, were on stage, they were seeking the approval of Howard Stern. They had just performed on the NBC TV show "America's Got Talent" and were listening to the critique of the celebrity judges. Stern noted that he did not like the group's piece as much as he had liked the one it performed in the first round. The troupe advanced to the quarterfinals. And though Canterna said she kept his critique in mind while choreographing their next piece, she is putting together this performance as she would for any other show. "I choreograph with the audience in mind first," the Linthicum native said. "No matter how big or small the show is, we are nothing without our fans." And they have fans all over the world. The group has been performing its high-octane show to sold-out crowds in Europe, Asia and Australia for seven years. The Bad Boys, based at Canterna's Gambrills studio, are widely known abroad for their hybrid of jazz, gymnastics, classical ballet and hip-hop dance, but their work is less well known in the United States. That may change Tuesday when Canterna and the six men she dances with perform live for millions of viewers on the top-rated reality competition. The show airs at 9 p.m. "We are Americans and this is our home," said Canterna, who grew up dancing at the Edna Lee Dance Studio in Linthicum. "We are here to win, but we also just want to introduce America to the Bad Boys of Ballet because we want to break into the U.S. market." The Bad Boys got through the first two rounds of competition, appealing to Stern and the three other celebrity judges: Heidi Klum, Melanie Brown and Howie Mandel. During those rounds, the Bad Boys were given only a few minutes of airtime. They will have more time on Tuesday. Their live performance will be preceded by interviews and a montage of their preparations. "Honestly, we are really excited to perform our whole piece," Canterna said in a phone interview from New York City, after 10 hours of rehearsals. "America has only gotten to see a little bit of what we can do. Now they will get to see our whole piece and see that our hard work has paid off." Canterna does all of the group's choreography. "Basically, what I try to do is blend the artistry which is dance naturally, and show that top dancers are such forces in the athletic world. I want America to see that." "We are professional dancers and it's what we do for a living, but the nerves are there," she said. "There are millions of people who watch this show and we really want them to become aware of what we do. It is important that they embrace us whether we win — advance — or not." Canterna's fellow dancers are Jakob Karr of Orlando, Florida; Kenny Corrigan of Boston; Robbie Nicholson of Fredericksburg, Virginia; James Boyd of Jacksonville, Florida; Kyle Lucia of Waldwick, New Jersey; and Jace Zeimantz of Los Angeles. "It's unique because I'm a woman and women would usually choreograph things that are more feminine," said Canterna. "But I enjoy working with these boys so much because it pushes me to be my most athletic strong self." Philip Carman, who has known Canterna since she was a 6-year-old dancer under his direction in the Maryland Ballet's "Nutcracker," said that "Adrienne has done a remarkable job of mixing her choreographic viewpoints. It's classical ballet, but she has added a stew of hip-hop, contemporary jazz movements and even martial arts to make it more interesting." Carman is resident director for the dance company of Canterna's husband, Rasta Thomas. In this round, the Bad Boys will need the votes of viewers from around the country to advance. People can vote for them at http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vote after they perform Tuesday. There will be a live results show on Wednesday night that will reveal if the group moves on to the semifinals. The grand prize of $1 million will be awarded when the season finale airs Sept. 24. In Linthicum, Canterna's mom, Sally Canterna, will be one of many watching anxiously and with pride. "The bigger the magnitude, the more surreal it is," she said. "The days of small recitals are gone. Watching her do things overseas in big theaters and now Radio City (Music Hall) is just amazing." Follow the Bad Boys of Ballet as they prepare for Tuesday's quarterfinal performance on "America's Got Talent" on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bad-Boys-of-Ballet/689230634467970 or on Twitter @badboysofballet.