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There’s No Place Like Home

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME at The Tarkington at The
Center for the Performing Arts, October 28-30, 2021.


The World Premiere of this full-length contemporary ballet, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, an original work
created by Executive Artistic Director Gregory Hancock, will bring to the stage an emotional, beautiful and truth-seeking story about a boy from Kansas who sets out on a journey down the Golden Path to India. Looking for meaning and purpose in life after devasting losses and challenges, he encounters deities from the Hindu pantheon who impart wisdom, compassion and courage. Through the blend of cultural themes, theatrical dance and unique music, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME will transport the audience through a maze of inspirational experiences ultimately discovering that home is really a place in the heart.


The powerful score of music will combine the sounds of America and India using American pop, folk and gospel music
along with classical, devotional and film genres of India. Diverse dance styles, costumes and lighting will enhance the
ambience and authenticate the journey. Original artwork of picturesque India created by local artist Madhuchhanda Mandal will provide a stunning theatrical backdrop for the production.
As a world traveler, Mr. Hancock draws on his experiences to create art that inspires others through the international
languages of dance and music and strives to create works of beauty and emotion that cause audiences to respond on a spiritual level. In hopes of uniting a divided world, he recognizes that the arts are a powerful tool that contribute to global connectiveness and commonality which runs through all mankind.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Announces Season Presenting Sponsor

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is proud to announce Diamond Glassworks of Indianapolis as their 2021-2022 Season Presenting Sponsor. 

Founded 31 years ago and under the second generation of Lessaris Family leadership, Diamond Glassworks is a premier commercial glass and aluminum systems contractor that serves Central Indiana communities.  With a focus on providing high quality products and services, Diamond Glassworks’ team of talented associates strive to deliver complete satisfaction with simplicity to contract partners.  For more information visit:  diamondglassworks.net

“Supporting the arts is not just something we enjoy but it is part of our lives,” says Dave S. Lessaris, President of Diamond Glassworks.  “We have really become entranced by the dance, artistry, music, costumes and of course the stories of GHDT.  We love seeing the incredible works of Mr. Hancock’s come to life on stage.  We want to help support GHDT as they return to the theatre for a full season of live performances,” he adds.

“It is so important to have support from loyal sponsors, contributors and patrons for a non-profit arts organization to keep us alive and thriving,” says Ivy Heazeltine, President of the Board of Directors for GHDT.  “We thank Diamond Glassworks for their continued commitment to GHDT and we are super excited that they are our Presenting Sponsor again this season.  It is a great alignment.  Both organizations have a mission for excellence and service to local communities with a passion for creating works of art in their own realm,” she adds.

GHDT Presents Under the Big Top!

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents UNDER THE BIG TOP
at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts,
August 26-28, 2021 at 7 pm. 

SINGLE TICKETS will be available July 19th at The Center’s Box Office 317-843-3800.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will present a pre-season concert this August 26-28 with the popular production of UNDER THE BIG TOP.  Created by Artistic Director Gregory Hancock and inspired by the legendary traveling gypsy circus of Eastern Europe, the dancers, accompanied by Traditional Circus and Gypsy music, will entertain audiences as circus characters sharing their life stories draped in joy, melancholy and dreams.  With an element of surprise, audiences will meet the Tarantella girls, Fortune Teller, Lion Tamer, Clowns, the “Backyard” Girl and the Sideshow performers.  You are invited to an extravaganza of yesteryear to experience the laughter and magic of the circus in GHDT’s UNDER THE BIG TOP.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident, professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. 

INTRODUCING GHDT’S 2021-2022 SEASON!

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre announces their 2021-2022 Performance Season schedule including highly entertaining new works and masterpieces! 
Season tickets will be available for the four concerts at The Tarkington beginning July 12, 2021.

UNDER THE BIG TOP

The Tarkington
August 26-28, 2021– 7pm

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will present a pre-season concert this August 26-28 with the popular production of UNDER THE BIG TOP.  Created by Artistic Director Gregory Hancock and inspired by the legendary traveling gypsy circus of Eastern Europe, the dancers, accompanied by Traditional Circus and Gypsy music, will entertain audiences as circus characters sharing their life stories draped in joy, melancholy and dreams.  You are invited to an extravaganza of yesteryear to experience the laughter and magic of the circus in GHDT’s UNDER THE BIG TOP.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

The Tarkington
October 28-30, 2021 – 7 pm

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will open its 24th Performance Season with the World Premiere of THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.  A unique adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” this adventure will travel through the exotic world of India with a boy from Kansas.  On his quest for enlightenment, he will encounter interesting characters from the Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses.  With beautiful music, costumes and sets, the dancers will guide you through this new work which will captivate your curiosity and imagination as it inspires and entertains you.  Join GHDT on their journey to find
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.  

THE NUTCRACKER

Pike Performing Arts Center
December 3 & 4, 2021

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents THE NUTCRACKER at Pike Performing Arts Center, December 3 & 4, 2021.  GHDT’s full-length modern version features the highly-talented dancers of G2, the pre-professional company of GHDT.  G2 is joined by students from The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and other young student dancers filling the stage with movement and color!  THE NUTCRACKER follows the same overall story line as the original, but with a uniquely different twist.  This magical version portrays Klara as a homeless orphan girl who discovers the true meaning of the season through the gift and giving spirit of another homeless person. 
THE NUTCRACKER is a family favorite and is sure to add joy and cheer to the holiday season.

THE BLACK DAHLIA

The Academy of GHDT
Weekends February 12 -27, 2022 

In February, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will once again transform its daily rehearsal space into a black-box theatre where audiences will be entertained in a cabaret style, up-close and personal theatrical experience.  Back by popular demand, THE BLACK DAHLIA will return to the stage after first premiering in 2017.  This audience favorite has been inspired by the notorious unsolved Hollywood murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947.  Based on factual information with some artistic liberties, the production brings four possible scenarios of solution, but leaves the audience to decide who actually committed the crime.  Highly entertaining, period music, dance and storytelling will capture the curious minds of each audience member. Seating is limited.

EXODUS

The Tarkington
April 7-9, 2022 – 7 pm

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is thrilled to once again present the highly popular production of EXODUS.  Inspired by the Book of Exodus, but adapted to our modern world, EXODUS is a cautionary tale of hatred and ignorance.  The ten modern plagues include; desecration of the Earth, gun violence, racism, war, poverty, crime, social media, government, selfishness and death of the first born.  Set to a score of epic symphonic and choral music and enhanced with complex visual artistry, EXODUS will transport the audience into an emotional story of love and sacrifice.  Back by popular demand, don’t miss this highly acclaimed GHDT masterpiece!

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

The Tarkington
June 9-11, 2022 – 7pm

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will close its 2021-2022 Performance Season with the World Premiere of
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.  This new full-length, grand work will again pair the talents of GHDT’s Artistic Director Gregory Hancock and award-winning composer Cory Gabel, known for his evocative musical score for GHDT’s THE CASKET GIRLS.  GHDT’S ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA will be a contemporary re-telling of the classic tale and will be set in “anytime” and “any place.”  This story of power, intrigue and passion has been inspired by one of the most charismatic and powerful women of all time.  Performed with passionate, expressive dancing and eloquent costumes, this timeless drama will captivate audiences of all ages.

Celebrating its 24th Performance Season, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident, professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

GHDT’S “LIVE!”

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents “LIVE!” at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts,
June 3-5, 2021 at 7 pm. 

“LIVE!” will celebrate Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s return to The Tarkington with some of GHDT’s most endearing, happy and light-hearted pieces. Selected from GHDT’s vast repertoire specifically for this live performance, these works will help heal our collective hearts and spirits with joy and laughter.  

Come experience beautiful music, delightful dance artistry with a bit of humor as GHDT welcomes live performances back into the community.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident, professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Through guidelines created for The Tarkington by The Center for the Performing Arts to protect the health and safety of all patrons, staff and artists, theatre seating will be limited and socially distanced. All guidelines and safety requirements will be presented to patrons at the time of their ticket purchases. 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

2021 Summer Dance Intensive information is NOW AVAILABLE!

The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is pleased to announce several summer options for all dancers!  We have a variety of workshops and intensives available for all ages.  More information is included below:

**All payments to be made out by check ONLY to AGHDT
**Liability Form and COVID-19 Waiver to be filled out and turned in with Registration Forms
Liability Form
COVID Waiver

Princess and Pirate Camp- July 10th and 11th (10:30 am-2:00 pm)Join us for a themed day camp intended for our younger dancers and movers.  Our princesses and pirates will enjoy two days of dance, drama, music, and crafts!  Each day will include dance instruction in two different styles.  Students will learn about singing and acting in our Music and Drama classes.  Finally, our young artists will create some crafts to take home with them! 
For ages 3-8
$75 per student
Registration due by July 3rd – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

Fairy Tale Camp- July 17th and 18th (10:00 am-2:00 pm)Join us for a themed day camp intended for our younger dancers and movers.  Our adventurers will enjoy two days of dance, drama, music, and crafts!  Each day will include dance instruction in two different styles.  Students will learn about singing and acting in our Music and Drama classes.  Finally, our young artists will create some crafts to take home with them! 
$90 per student
Registration due by July 10th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

Behind the Curtain- July 19th through July 23rd (4:00 pm-8:00 pm)NEW THIS YEAR!  Our Behind the Curtain intensive introduces dancers to the behind-the-scenes of producing a show.  Each day will begin with a technique class, followed by instruction in choosing music, structuring a piece, creating movement, designing costumes, and much more!  Dancers will create a show, which parents will be invited to watch the final evening. 
For ages 8-18
$175 per student
Registration due by July 12th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

Ballet Intensive- July 31st (9:30 am- 3:00 pm)This one-day workshop focuses on refining ballet technique and pushing dancers to the next level in their performance.  The day will begin with a conditioning class, followed by ballet technique, pointe/pre-pointe, and variations/choreography.  Dancers attending this workshop will definitely see improvement in their ballet technique! 
For ages 11-18
$100 per student
Registration due by July 24th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

Modern and Jazz Intensive- August 1st (9:00 am- 2:30 pm)This one-day workshop focuses on refining modern and jazz technique and pushing dancers to the next level in their performance.  The day will begin with a conditioning class, followed by modern technique, jazz technique, floorwork, and repertoire.  Dancers attending this workshop will definitely see improvement in their modern and jazz technique! 
For ages 11-18
$100 per student
Registration due by July 24th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM  

These workshops are for all dancers in the area!  If you know another dancer, please encourage them to join us.  We love seeing new faces!

2020 YEAR-END GIVING CAMPAIGN

As a non-profit arts organization based in Carmel, Indiana, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre has embraced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in this year of 2020 with concern, determination and adaptability. With live arts shut down or minimized throughout the country, GHDT continues to move forward with unconventional modes of creative work.  Optimism and hope surround the organization and the professional company dancers as they enter the new year of 2021.   

With the extraordinary monetary generosity of individual donors, companies, foundations and government so far this year, GHDT has been able to weather the initial storm and return to work in late August. By following intense safety guidelines and restrictions, the eight company dancers have continued to rehearse, learn and return to the theatre with a successful live performance to reduced audience sizes at The Tarkington in October 2020. Today they are preparing for the second concert of the season, DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART TWO scheduled for January 14-16, 2021 at The Tarkington.

GHDT is launching their 2020 YEAR-END GIVING CAMPAIGN on November 23 which will run through December 31. Contributions will go directly to the operating expenses of the company including salaries, rent and insurance.  “With ticket revenue down due to restricted seating in the theatre, it is important to boost other forms of income like donations at this time,” says Ivy Heazeltine, President of the GHDT Board of Directors.  “With #givingtuesday and the holiday season approaching, it is the perfect time for loyal fans to support our organization so that we may sustain and continue our mission in 2021.  We are planning for more original and amazing works to be performed live on stage in the coming year.  It is easy to donate through our website at www.gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org and click on the DONATE button.  We are so appreciative of each and every donation,” she adds. 

Any donation of $100 or more will receive a thank you note with a video link to the full-length production of DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART ONE which premiered in October.

“We want to keep the dancers working and of course working safely,” says Executive Artistic Director Gregory Hancock.  “It is very difficult for them to retain and build strength, stamina and flexibility if they are not able to work in a studio environment each day.  Dancing is different from other art forms.  Living room work-outs are just not the same.  They need space, routine, and each other even if the environment is masked and socially distanced.  They have adapted well and are strong and motivated.  We hope our patrons will support us by attending our up-coming concerts in a safe environment created by The Center for the Performing Arts.”

Audience members were thrilled to return to the live performances of GHDT’s DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART ONE in October. 

“GHDT presents some of the most original, touching, and inspiring works we’ve seen anywhere.  The works are consistently visually and sonically stunning.  GHDT performances always combine top level choreography and talented dancers with perfectly matched music and lighting.  We hope this wonderful organization can not only survive, but thrive during these hard economic times,” states one patron.

“My breath was taken away so many times during DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART ONE. I forgot where I was. I forgot everything else but the pain, isolation, loneliness and sometimes the indomitable spirit of the human race which have all been emotions I’ve felt over the past seven months. Thank you for giving it a voice. Thank you for providing us an outlet for all of our emotions. Once again, absolutely, achingly exquisite,” says audience member Sheryl A.


For additional information about upcoming performances, contact Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre at 317-844-2660 or ghdt@sbcglobal.net
For interview/media information only, contact Ivy Heazeltine at iheazeltine.ghdt@gmail.com

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Announces Season Presenting Sponsor

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is proud to announce Diamond Glassworks of Indianapolis as their 2020-2021 Season Presenting Sponsor. 

Founded 30 years ago and under the second generation of Lessaris Family leadership, Diamond Glassworks is a premier commercial glass and aluminum systems contractor that serves Central Indiana communities.  With a focus on providing high quality products and services, Diamond Glassworks’ team of talented associates strive to deliver complete satisfaction with simplicity to contract partners. 

“Supporting the arts is not just something we enjoy but it is part of our lives,” says Dave S. Lessaris, President of Diamond Glassworks.  “We have really become entranced by the dance, artistry, music, costumes and of course the stories of GHDT.  We love seeing the incredible works of Mr. Hancock’s come to life on stage.  We have missed seeing the live performances this year because of the pandemic.  We want to help support GHDT as they return to the theatre,” he adds.

“It is so important to have support from loyal sponsors, contributors and patrons for a non-profit arts organization, especially now,” says Ivy Heazeltine, President of the Board of Directors for GHDT.  “We thank Diamond Glassworks for their continued commitment to GHDT and we are super excited that they are our Presenting Sponsor this season.  It is a great alignment.  Both organizations have a mission for excellence and service to local communities with a passion for creating works of art in their own realm.”

For more information please visit: http://diamondglassworks.net/

FALL CLASS REGISTRATION FOR THE ACADEMY OF GHDT IS NOW OPEN!

We are excited to welcome students back with new COVID-19 procedures well in place!

We held an abbreviated schedule of classes this summer starting in June and we are eager to get back to a full schedule of training August 3rd. New student registration is August 1st from 10:00AM-2:00PM. For more information on class schedule, COVID-19 procedures, dress code, and additional academy policies, click here!

For registration forms for the 2020-2021 Schedule, click here!

Any questions? Please contact The Academy of GHDT at 317.844.2660 or email us at theacademyofghdt@gmail.com

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