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Happy New Year!

It’s 2018!

Happy belated New Year from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre! We have many exciting things happening this year to end our 20th Anniversary Season with a bang!

 

SIMCHA

Join us for our annual Cabaret-Styled Fundraiser concert the first three weekends of February! February 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 7PM and February 4th, 11th, and 18th at 3PM. Simcha translate from Hebrew to mean celebration or joy. Join us in celebrating the Jewish heritage and all the wonderful aspects of their culture.

For tickets, click here.

 

 

SUPERHERO – the story of a man called Jesus

One of GHDT’s most popular shows, SUPERHERO is back this year before it goes in the GHDT vault. SUPERHERO tells the story of Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. Don’t miss your last to see this moving masterpiece on March 30th and 31st at 7PM. 

For tickets, click here.

 

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Coming back to the stage after six years, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is not one to miss. This show is a favorite for audience members and company members alike. Witness the emotional journey of Quasimodo and Esmerelda on June 29th and 30th at 7PM at The Tarkington Theatre.

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G2 IN CONCERT AND ACADEMY SHOWCASE

Our Pre-professional company, G2, will be putting on their annual concert. This year, the performances will be at The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. This year, our annual Academy Showcase will be a separate performance from G2 in Concert. Both performances will be June 1-3, but specific dates and times are TBA. 

GHDT’s Holiday Special

GHDT’s Holiday Special

Come join us this Holiday season! Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is creating a new holiday tradition by putting on a Holiday Special performance. Choreographed by the company dancers, GHDT will be telling the stories of three classic tales – The Island of Misfit Toys, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Carol. After the performance, will be a small Christmas party with light refreshments. 

Each classic story has it’s own little twist. Our misfit toys don’t include a train with square wheels, but instead a Wind-Up Wendy doll who won’t stay awake! Our Christmas Carol isn’t about Ebenezer Scrooge, but about a women who places herself above everyone else. Will she learn that money and diamonds are worth having no one around you who cares? Come see the show to find out!

Performances are Friday December 15th at 7PM, Saturday December 16th at 7PM, and Sunday December 17th at 3PM.For tickets, click here!

Give to GHDT!

#GivingTuesday

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! Please support our Holiday and Year-end Giving Campaign to support Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. It is important to support your local professional artists and keep your community beautiful!

GHDT is bringing original works and classic favorites to the stage in 2018. Our GOAL is to raise $10,000. This will help us with operational expenses as we enter into the new year.

Please consider an on-line donation today, or you may mail a check to: GHDT Angel Society, 329 Gradle Drive, Carmel, IN. 46032

GHDT is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization.

Cyber Monday Sale!

Cyber Monday Sale!

It’s well into the holiday season. Cyber Monday is November 27th, 2017. GHDT is once again having our Cyber Monday Sale for Nutcracker tickets. From 12:00AM to 11:59PM on Monday, use the code HOLIDAY to receive $5 off single ticket prices! This does not include Group Tickets. Click here for tickets!

Other Holiday Happenings!

Nutcracker Anniversary Party

While you’re on Eventbrite getting your ticket deal, remember to buy your tickets for our Nutcracker Anniversary Party! GHDT is celebrating our 20th Season, and we’re ready to party! It’s on December 2nd at 1:00PM. Come enjoy food, drinks, raffles, and crafts for the kids. Klara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Prince will also stop by for a bit! Party-goers get early admittance to the theater for the 3PM matinee performance. Tickets to the matinee performance are sold separately. Nutcracker Alumni get 1 free ticket to the party, and will receive 1 free ticket to the matinee performance at the party. For tickets, click here!

 

GHDT’s Holiday Special

Come join Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre for our first ever Holiday Special! This family-friendly show will tell three classic stories – The Island of Misfit Toys, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Carol. After the performance, stick around for a small Christmas Party! We will have hot chocolate, small, sweet treats, and raffle prizes! You don’t want to miss this new addition to our season! For tickets, click here!

 

Nutcracker Anniversary Party

Anniversary Party

Tickets:  $10 individual
GHDT Nutcracker Alumni – Free – limit one ticket

Click here to reserve your spot!

To celebrate the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s 20th Season, The Nutcracker Anniversary Party will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1-2 p.m. at Pike Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana prior to the 3 p.m. matinee performance of GHDT’s The Nutcracker.

Enjoy party punch, finger sandwiches, fresh fruits and vegetables along with delightful sweet treats.  Each guest will receive a photo with select cast members and VIP admittance to the performance 15 minutes prior to the general admittance.  Visit the holiday craft corner and holiday boutique.  Enter to win a drawing for a special Nutcracker.  This event is sponsored by Performance Services, Inc. and Dental TI.

GHDT’s all student production of The Nutcracker is a contemporary retelling of the classic tale, portraying Klara as a homeless orphan girl who discovers the true meaning of the season through the gift and giving spirit of a homeless man.  The Nutcracker and the Nutcracker Anniversary Party are sure to add joy and cheer to your Holiday Season!

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Nutcracker Fundraiser

Calling all Bookworms! 

GHDT’s The Nutcracker is having a fundraiser that benefits you! We have teamed up with Barnes & Noble Bookstore again this year to raise money for our production of The Nutcracker. Get your holiday shopping done early at Barnes & Noble and GHDT will get a portion of the sales! Below are the two ways you can participate.

In Store

On Saturday, November 4th from 12PM – 3PM, visit the store in Carmel for early holiday shopping, Nutcracker story-time, and coloring with cast members. Don’t forget you MUST have the voucher below, to ensure GHDT gets a portion of sales. This in-store voucher is only for the Barnes & Noble at 14790 Grey Hound Pass, Carmel, IN, and only for the time period above.

Online

If you don’t live near this store, don’t fret! There is also a code for online purchases. The online code will work from November 4th, 2017- November 9th, 2017. At the checkout, enter our Bookfair I.D. number: 12232062

Seeking Male Dancers

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is seeking MALE dancers with strong classical, contemporary, and partnering technique for immediate hire. All applicants who live outside the US must have a valid work visa. All applicants must be available to audition in person.

Auditions will be held during company class and are by invitation only. To apply, please send a resume, recent head shot, and recent dance video to auditions.ghdt@gmail.com

All applicants must be available for one or more of the listed performances and rehearsal periods:

SIMCHA: Weekends February 3-18, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning ASAP)

SUPERHERO: March 30-31, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning in February)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME: June 29-30, 2018 (Rehearsals beginning in April)

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre provides:

  • Minimum of 30 week work schedule
    • Weekly salaries for company members and guest positions
    • Occasional national and international touring opportunities
    • Season performances as the resident dance company of the Tarkington at the Center for Performing Arts
    • Teaching and choreographic opportunities at The Academy of GHDT

 

G2 Dancers – Congrats!

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s pre-professional company, G2, competed this weekend in Indianapolis City Ballet’s competition. Six of our eight members of G2 performed solos, 2 Classical variations and 4 Contemporary solos. All eight members performed in an ensemble piece – Accusation from Joan of Arc, which they performed back in June for G2 in Concert. The faculty of The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is very proud of the dancers and their performances this past weekend. 

Congratulations on a job well done ladies!

 

Behind the Dances of CELEBRATION

The Pieces of CELEBRATION

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is celebrating 20 seasons of artistic choreography and dance! There are over 130 pieces in the GHDT repertoire choreographed by Artistic Director Mr. Hancock. Some pieces have been performed only once, but many others have been performed multiple times in various concerts based on popularity and/or concert design. Many patrons have followed the works of GHDT for the entire 20 years and find the concert experience to be inspiring, entertaining and thought provoking. For those who are first time GHDT patrons, CELEBRATION, will provide a peak into the past with a selections from the “classics.” A new work by Gregory Hancock will premiere during CELEBRATION. See the ever evolving artistry of the dancers during this intense, high energy, and encompassing concert.To buy tickets, click here.

 

DESTINY

DESTINY, first premiered in April of 2000 at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre. This piece is an abstract dance simply interpreting the beautiful Portuguese fado music.  A dance of joy. The original cast consisted of Deborah Barlow, Joy Havens, Dawn Hennig, Tara Hennig, Heather King and Christine Smerdel (Thacker). 

1968

The title refers to a period of time from January to August in 1968 in the former Czechoslovakia which became known as the “Prague Spring”. With the election of new government in January of 1968, the Prague Spring begins a brief period of reform with freedom of speech, press and artistic creativity, but comes to an abrupt end with the Russian invasion in August. The dance depicts the lives of people who are manipulated and controlled by the government. With the newly found freedom, the couple has difficulty understanding their new life. The transition to freedom is ultimately achieved only to be quickly taken away again by political control. In addition to the political tone of 1968, other typical Czech motifs have been utilized such as the marionettes, which are world-famous in Prague, and contemporary Czech music. 

Every Moment… Every Day…

This is a world premiere piece, the latest in Mr. Hancock’s repertoire. Loss…grief…and love. There is no ending to any of these. We think we understand, but we do not. They simply continue every day and every moment for as long as we remain. At some point in life, everyone will carry something. Sometimes it is easy to see, and other times it is in invisible. 

“cuchi cuchi”

“cuchi cuchi” was inspired by the famous words of Charo, a Spanish-American actress, comedian, and flamenco guitarist. The piece was performed at the Latvian National Opera House for the President of Latvia in 2006 when GHDT was representing the USA at the 11th International Baltic Ballet Festival. “cuchi cuchi” is a fun, lively, and at times, comedic piece sure to have audience members dancing in their seats.

Bolero

Bolero is a Flamenco inspired piece that uses rythmic snaps, claps, and stomps, alongside smooth and fiery movements. BOLERO is both a dancer and audience favorite and has been performed with various cast sizes from seven to 32. 

 

 

For tickets for CELEBRATION, click here!

GHDT Welcomes New Dancers

New Dancers

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre welcomes three new company dancers for their 20th Anniversary Season! Read their exciting stories below! Come see them perform in the season opener “CELEBRATION!” on September 22 & 23 at The Tarkington. Buy your tickets for the performances here!

Morgan Beane

Morgan Beane began her dance training in Rochester, Michigan with the Michigan Ballet Theatre. Morgan later attended Marygrove College where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in dance theatre performance. Immediately following graduation, she joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company, where she performed and trained for a season. Morgan then moved back to Detroit to continue to perform and teach as a guest artist with various local companies throughout the Detroit Metro area. In May of 2017, Morgan joined GHDT as an intern and performed in the popular production of “A Night in India” in June. She joined GHDT this fall as a company member.

Look out for Morgan’s solo in Cuchi Cuchi in CELEBRATION!

Tyler McCants 

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Tyler McCants began his dance training as a young student and continued through high school. He was accepted into the Department of Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi under scholarship. Tyler graduated in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Performance and Choreography. After college, Tyler performed as a guest artist with Hub Dance Collective. He also worked and toured with Top 10 Dance Challenge, a dance competition and convention. He has performed in Dance Festivals in New York City and Kalamazoo. He joined GHDT in 2017 and performed with GHDT in “The Black Dahlia” last February as “the doctor.”

Don’t miss Tyler’s duet with company member Taylar Green in Cuchi Cuchi in CELEBRATION!

Chris Lingner 

Chris Lingner began his career joining the 2009 National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Moving Out, dancing the principal roles of Eddie and James, making him one of the youngest performers to ever dance these roles. Lingner has been a featured guest artist with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indianapolis School of Ballet, New Albany Ballet, Peoria Ballet, in the Young Stars of Ballet Gala, presented by Indianapolis City Ballet and Chamber Dance Project in D.C. In 2012, Sonya Tayeh created a new work on him for an NFL Super Bowl-Super Cure event fighting breast cancer. Lingner studied ballet in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he danced principal roles in works by Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Dwight Rhoden, August Bournonville, Josh Bergasse, Antony Tudor, Nicolo Fonte, and Peter Martins . Lingner joined Cincinnati Ballet in the 13-14 50th Anniversary Season in the Corps de Ballet. Since joining Cincinnati Ballet, Lingner has performed in works by Adam Hougland, Victoria Morgan, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, Viktor Plotnikov, Jessica Lang, Jennifer Archibald, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Yuri Possokhov, and Kirk Peterson. As a producer, Lingner was also nominated for a Tony Award as a member of the producing team for Broadway’s “On the Town” and “Best Show of 2016″ for his production of the first Ballet Royalty Gala in Havana, Cuba. Lingner is thrilled to return to the GHDT stage for it’s 20th season as he was a part of the original cast of both “Hunchback” and “Super Hero” and couldn’t be happier to celebrate the works of GHDT.

Come see Chris perform the fan-favorite piece, 1968, dancing with company member Erica Steward.

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