Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents Intoxicating India at The District Theatre on Massachusetts Avenue during the Indy Fringe Festival August 16 – August 26, 2018.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is excited to perform at the Indy Fringe Festival for the first time. Bringing a sampling of their diverse repertoire, GHDT will mesmerize audiences with Intoxicating India, a theatrical dance production inspired by the history, art and culture of India. Choreographed and costumed in its entirety by Gregory Hancock, Founder and Artistic Director of GHDT, this 50-minute performance will provide an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. The Sari, a poignant piece depicting the desire to remain steeped in tradition while navigating the modern world, will immerse the audience in beauty through movement, music and costume. A solo work, Shiva’s Tandava, is inspired by the most powerful god of the Hindu pantheon, Lord Shiva. As Nataraj, Lord Shiva dances tandava, the divine art form symbolizing the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, birth and death. Kalbelia, with vibrant costumes and rigorous movement is inspired by the Kalbelia Gypsies of Rajasthan, whose dances sometimes replicate the movements of snakes. Lagaan is one of the company’s signature works from the Indian repertoire and will round out this diverse performance. An abstract dance, Lagaan highlights the athleticism and beauty of the dancers, and is set to joyous and infectious music.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will perform on the following dates and times at The District Theatre:
Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 19 at 9 pm
Monday, August 20 at 6 pm
Friday, August 24 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 25 at 9 pm
Sunday, August 26 at 1:30 pm
GHDT’s 2018-2019 Season
THE CASKET GIRLS – September 21-22, 2018 – The Tarkington
As the resident professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will open its 21st Performance Season with the return of THE CASKET GIRLS. Originally premiered in 2009 as one act, this modern vampire ballet features original music composed by recording artist Cory Gabel, and choreography by award winning Artistic Director Gregory Glade Hancock. After nine years, these two artists have reunited to complete this full-length dramatic work. Based on the lore of the casket girls who arrived in New Orleans from France in 1728 dragging their trousseaus, Act I will wind you through the mysterious happenings of the Filles a la Cassette, their residency at the Old Convent on Chartres Street, and the suspicious activities surrounding them. The premiere of the full-length production of THE CASKET GIRLS will move the story from the legends of yesteryear in Act I to current day New Orleans with vampires, voodoo and mystery in Act II. This production will bring to life this dark and obscure story and leave you with chills.
THE NUTCRACKER – November 30-December 1, 2018 – Pike Performing Arts Center
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents THE NUTCRACKER at Pike Performing Arts Center, November 30-Decebmer 1, 2018. 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 a homeless man. THE NUTCRACKER is a family favorite and is sure to add joy and cheer to the holiday season.
THE WILD WILD WEST – Weekends February 9-24, 2019 – The Academy of GHDT
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. This season, GHDT gives a nod to the Western movies of old Hollywood (and Italy) with its new production of THE WILD WILD WEST. Complete with cowboys and cowgirls, gunslingers, bandits, townsfolk, lawmen and saloon girls, this new interactive performance will bring the American Old West to life in a fun and entertaining fashion with the dancers of GHDT. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. This is a fund-raising event for GHDT, so be sure to bring your loot in case you need to post bail! Grab your cowboy boots, chaps and Stetsons and join GHDT in THE WILD WILD WEST!
EXODUS – April 5-6, 2019 – The Tarkington
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is excited to premiere as part of the 2018-2019 Season, EXODUS, Gregory Glade Hancock’s newest work. This full-length contemporary ballet is inspired by the second book of the Torah and the Hebrew Bible, and presents the story of the Israelite’s delivery from slavery, the exodus from Egypt, the prophet Moses and the Promised Land with a contemporary flare. This epic new ballet features poignant and dramatic music, powerful choreography, beautiful costumes and inspiring theatrics. The talented cast will lead the audience on a journey through oppression and emigration to liberation and freedom for all. This ancient story resonates even today, and through the creative storytelling by Mr. Hancock, EXODUS is sure to become another masterpiece in the GHDT repertoire.
THE VIOLIN UNDER THE BED – June 7-8, 2019 – The Tarkington
Growing up, Florence Marie Hancock yearned to play the violin. Knowing this was impossible as a poor, young girl of the depression era, she resorted to dreaming about holding the instrument, hearing music and dancing. THE VIOLIN UNDER THE BED, so eloquently choreographed by Artistic Director Gregory Glade Hancock and an audience favorite, will once again return to The Tarkington stage. The performance is inspired by stories of Mr. Hancock’s mother and the experiences that brought her joy – art, nature, travel, and sports. The tiny vignettes represent segments of her life and all the gusto she brought to it. “I dedicate all of my work to my mother and her indomitable and enigmatic spirit,” says Mr. Hancock. This touching production is filled with emotion and enlightenment and will lift the spirits of each and every audience member.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Cast
Joining our beautiful company dancers for our 20th Season closer, are some amazing guest artists, apprentices, and interns. Read about them and their roles in the show below! Don’t forget to read about your favorite company dancers by clicking here!
Performances are Friday June 29th at 7pm and Saturday June 30th at 7pm. Tickets for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME are on sale now! Get yours before they’re all gone! Click here!
Isaac Jones – Quasimodo
Originally from Michigan, Isaac studied under the direction of Cyndi Buczek and Sergey Rayevskiy. He has danced as a trainee with Sarasota Ballet, as a company dancer with Eugene Ballet Company, #instaballet, Dayton Ballet, and has been selected as a dancer for the National Choreographers Initiative. He has also danced as a guest artist for Northern California Ballet, Ballet East, Detroit Dance City Festival, and Brighton Dance Festival. He has danced featured roles in works by Jiří Kylián, Toni Pimble, Septime Webre, Amy Seiwert, Suzanne Haag, Stephanie Martinez, and Karen Russo Burke. His repertoire also includes works by Sir Frederick Ashton, Ron Cunningham, Matthew Hart, Dennis Spaight, Ricardo Graziano, and Bruce Steivel.
Daniel Rodriguez – Phoebus
Daniel Rodriguez was born, raised, and trained in New York City. After graduating from LaGuardia High school and completing his ballet training under the direction of François Perron, he joined North Carolina Dance Theater 2 in 2010. After two seasons in Charlotte, Daniel joined the Sarasota Ballet as a corps de ballet member, being promoted to a Coryphée in 2015. He has performed feature roles in ballets by choreographers such as Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ricardo Graziano, Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor, and Marius Petipa.
Chance Ennis – Frollo
Chance is excited to be in his first production with Gregory Hancock as an intern with the company. Originally Chance began his training at Robert Thomas Dancenter under the instruction of Robert and Miyoko Thomas in Ames, Iowa. After graduation, Chance moved to New York City and trained with the Joffrey Ballet. At Joffrey, he starred as the principal role as the Prince in Cinderblock. After his time with Joffrey he studied dance performance at Anderson University. This upcoming season Chance will be joining the company of Ballet 5:8. Chance has enjoyed his time thus far with GHDT and has felt he has grown as an artist under the direction of Mr. Hancock. Chance would like to thank Mr. Hancock for the opportunity to perform as Frollo. He would also like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
Hannah Johnson – Gypsy, Townsperson, Nun, Cabaret Dancer
Hannah is thrilled to be an intern with GHDT this summer. Hannah started her training at the Academy of GHDT in 2013 and is currently studying Dance Performance at Anderson University. In the past, Hannah has performed the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in GHDT’s The Nutcracker, and has also had the privilege of performing in other GHDT productions such as The Violin Under the Bed, SUPERHERO, La Casa Azul, The Musical, and Joan of Arc. Hannah is very grateful to be back performing with the company this summer and would like to thank Mr. Hancock for the wonderful opportunities he has given her, as well as her family for their gracious support.
Adrian Dominguez – Gypsy, Townsperson, Cabaret Emcee
A native of Denver, CO., Adrian Dominguez is working towards his B. A. in Dance Performance at Anderson University. Adrian enjoys experimenting with contemporary hybrid styles of choreography. His last works PHASES is a mixture of urban house with modern movement. While studying at Anderson, he was selected as a dancer for guest artist’s Earl Mosley’s Wild and Free, and traveled this last summer to continue his modern dance studies at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. While at Anderson, Adrian has the privilege to intern and work with Gregory Hancock and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Adrian has been part of many productions including A Night in India (Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre), Fall and Spring into Dance, Meanwhile at Cinderella’s Opera (Anderson University), Footloose, Spirit of Revolution, Urinetown the Musical (Casper College), Guys and Dolls, All Shook Up, Footloose, Wizard of OZ, The Three Musketeers (Brighton High School).
Zoe Maish – Gypsy, Townsperson, Nun
Zoe Maish began her training in Carmel, Indiana at The Academy of GHDT and performed with GHDT’s preprofessional company G2. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Dance where Zoe danced in works by: Eloy Barragan, Kristin Marrs, Armando Duarte, and Jessica Anthony. Zoe has also performed Martha Graham’s HELIOS at the Joyce Theatre in NYC, and toured the Midwest in the University of Iowa’s DANCERS IN COMPANY. Zoe hopes to pursue professional dance and teaching in the future and would like to thank Mr. Hancock for the opportunity to intern with the company this summer.
Anna Williamson – Gypsy, Townsperson, Nun
Anna Williamson is extremely excited to be an intern with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre this summer. Anna began her training in the Indianapolis area at four years old. She was first acquainted with Mr. Hancock’s work in 2008 when she danced in the The Nutcracker. From there, she continued her training as a student of the Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and a member of G2 for several seasons. She has had the privilege of dancing as a student in many of Mr Hancock’s concerts including Happily Ever After, Alice and Her Bizarre Adventures in Wonderland, SUPERHERO: The Story of a Man Called Jesus, Under the Big Top, G2 in Concert, La Casa Azul, and Unplugged. In 2015 Anna was honored to receive the Florence Marie Hancock Scholarship. This fall Anna will be entering her senior year of college, studying dance performance and Christian ministry at Anderson University. Anna would like to extend her appreciation for the training and all of the opportunities she has received.
Camden Kruse – Gypsy, Townsperson, Nun
Camden Kruse attended Anderson University where she received her Bachelors in Dance Performance in May of 2018. In 2015, Camden was selected to be in Journey Draft 4, choreographed by guest artist Fredrick Earl Mosley. This dance was selected by the American College Dance Association conference to be performed at the Kennedy Center in June of 2016. Camden also had the opportunity to perform in guest artist pieces choreographed by Ian Poulis, Taking the Straight and Narrow Back Home, and Cuchi Cuchi by Gregory Hancock. She also had the opportunity to take master classes from guest artist Eddy Ocampo. During her time at Anderson, Camden twice received the Allen Choreography Award. In addition to dancing, she has choreographed several pieces for competitive dance teams in recent years.
Chloe Holzman – Gypsy, Townsperson, Nun
Chloe Holzman is originally from Inverness, Illinois. She holds a BFA in Ballet with an emphasis in teaching and a focus in character dance from the University of Utah. While at the university, Chloe was a member of the Character Dance Ensemble which took her to Spain, Hungary, and Ukraine to learn local dances. Following her graduation, Chloe performed with Fort Wayne Ballet as well as serving as an instructor, choreographer, and rehearsal director. Chloe’s choreography has been featured in several productions at Fort Wayne Ballet and the University of Utah. One of her works was selected as a finalist piece in Inaside’s 2018 Choreographic Sponsorship Event. Most recently, Chloe earned her certificate in the Cecchetti method’s Grade 2 for Teachers. Some of her featured roles have included a soloist in the snow scene in “The Nutcracker”, a soloist in “Paquita”, Nikiya in “La Bayadère”, and Medora in an excerpt from “Le Corsaire”. She has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Val Caniparoli, Kim Sagami, Cameron Basden, Jeremy Blanton, and Charlotte Boye-Christensen. Chloe looks forward to continuing to experience new performing and teaching opportunities.
Avery Holloway – Gypsy, Townsperson, Nun
Avery Holloway is honored to be an intern with GHDT in the 2017-2018 season. She started her training in 2004, but began her journey with GHDT in 2007 at GHDT’s dance intensives before the Academy’s opening. She trained and performed with GHDT until she joined G2, GHDT’s pre-proffesional program, in 2013. She is grateful to have danced with GHDT in pieces such as The Nutcracker, SUPERHERO, Violin Under the Bed, and G2’s performance of Joan of Arc, as Joan the Saint. Avery is excited to start her 10th year with GHDT this season, and she would like to thank Mr. Hancock for giving her so many amazing opportunities to dance as well as her family for supporting her throughout her 13 years of dancing.
Skylar Thomas – Gypsy, Townsperson
Skylar Thomas is ecstatic to be an intern with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre this year. She joined GHDT in 2014 during their annual production of the Nutcracker. Later she became apart of G2, GHDT’S pre-professional company, in 2015 where she continues to receive exceptional training under the staff of AGHDT. Skylar has had the privilege of performing in GHDT pieces such as SUPERHERO, Violin Under the Bed, The Black Dahlia, and G2’s performance of Joan of Arc. Skylar would like to express her gratitude towards Mr. Hancock for the many wonderful opportunities he has given her, as well as thank her family and loved ones for their continual love and support.
Josie Moody – Gypsy, Townsperson
Josie Moody is so thankful to be an intern with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Josie Moody is an incoming sophomore at Noblesville High School. She has been training at AGHDT since its opening in 2009 and has been a part of G2, the second company of GHDT for 3 seasons. She has had the privilege of being a part of many company performances over the past nine years including “Our Town”, “Superhero”, “Scarlett Letter” and the worlds premieres of both “The Black Dahlia” and “Violin Under the Bed”. Josie has performed in GHDT’s production of “The Nutcracker” for 9 years and one of her most honored roles was that of Klara. In 2018 she was humbled to receive the Florence Marie Hancock Memorial Scholarship. Josie would like to thank Mr. Hancock for the amazing opportunities she has been given in addition to the fantastic training. She is very excited to be a part of the cast of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
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G2 in Concert & Academy Showcase
As part of their 20th Anniversary Season, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre proudly presents an all-student production, G2 IN CONCERT AND ACADEMY SHOWCASE. With high energy, passion and creative storytelling,the talented performing artists of the pre-professional company, G2, will perform popular and classic pieces from the GHDT repertoire including “God’s Island,” “Trail of Tears,” “Angels,” “The Western Wall,” and excerpts from “Luz de Luna.” The Academy Showcase will feature the dedicated and multitalented students of The Academy of GHDT who will inspire and entertain their audiences through an array of music of dance. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at The Academy of GHDT or by calling 317-844-2660.
Friday June 1st, 7PM – G2 in Concert
Saturday June 2nd, 3PM – G2 in Concert
Saturday June 2nd, 7PM – Academy Showcase
Sunday June 3rd, 3PM – Academy Showcase
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensives are a fun and rewarding way to spend part of your summer! Keep reading for more information!
Intermediate and Advanced dancers ( ages 10+)
M-F for two weeks, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Dancers provide snacks, drinks and lunch each day.
Dress code will be enforced.
Beginning dancers (ages 5-9)
M-F for one week, 9:00am-12:00pm
For registration forms for the 2018 Summer Intensives, click HERE to visit the Summer Intensive page on our website. See you this summer!
SUPERHERO 2018 Cast Photo Gallery
Photos by Lydia Moody, Norma June’s Photography
SUPERHERO 2018 Cast!
Tyler McCants as Jesus Christ
“This marks the first time in my dance career where I’ve to play a role with so many responsibilities. Depicting that of a man who, at first, is not sure of his own destiny or how he will conquer God’s task is no easy feat. Superhero will always have a special place in my heart. It’s a story that anyone can relate to, believers and nonbelievers.”
Abbie Lessaris as Judas Iscariot
“I’m very excited to tackle the part of Judas. He is the villain, the tortured bad boy of the story. There is something so fun to play a part that is nothing like your true personality. Plus, I think it’s a great time in history to bring a strong female back into this role.”
Brittney Richards as Mother Mary
“Mother Mary is the embodiment of unconditional love and compassion. She is a way-shower of truth, and she teaches us how to see with divine vision. Just as she raised Christ, Mother Mary helps us to nurture the Spirit within each of us. Mother Mary acted from a place of wholeness and trust, and she shows us how to move through our lives with calm, present love. Her strength, wisdom, and faith have inspired me in many ways. I am deeply grateful to be portraying her in Superhero. ”
Taylar Green as Mary Magdalene
“I’m excited about doing Magdalene because she’s such a dynamic character. I’ve studied her through the context of the bible and in history and I’m excited to bring my understanding of a passionate, often misunderstood, follower of Jesus to the stage. Also, the costume is pretty amazing!”
Morgan Beane as Claudia Procula
“My role in SUPERHERO is Claudia, also known as Pilate’ s wife. She was an honorable woman who followed her intuitions, and was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. Claudia is the only recorded person who spoke up against the decision to kill Jesus. I am honored to take on the role of such a strong and powerful female character. I hope to portray Claudia in an impactful way that empowers the audience to feel they too can stand up for what is right.”
Hannah Brown as Veronica
“Veronica was a woman who witnessed Jesus carrying the cross to Golgotha. She was moved with compassion to reach out to him and wipe his face with her veil, which left a perfect image of his face upon the veil. This solo has always been one of my favorite moments in the show and it is wonderful to be challenged by this beautiful role.”
Erica Steward as The Woman at the Well
“The Woman at the Well is the first person Jesus reveals his true identity to. Jesus broke the social rules by speaking to a woman of a lower social-class and asking her for water. This role is very important to me, as it represents breaking the barrier between gender and social class. Everyone is equal, and everyone should be treated equally.”
Skylar Thomas as the Cross
“The role of the cross is a very unique role. I have the honor and privilege of embodying the inanimate wooden cross that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified upon. Receiving the opportunity to perform this role is unlike any other. The cross is a very iconic and therefore very impactful piece in the show. Having the opportunity to bring it to life while still maintaining the illusion of the wooden cross is both the great challenge and beauty of the role. It means so much to so many and being able to physically embody this iconic and powerful symbol is truly special as well as incredibly humbling.”
SUPERHERO Through the Years
SUPERHERO – the story of a man called Jesus, has been in the company’s repertoire since 2006. It has become one of GHDT’s most well-known and most-loved shows. SUPERHERO tells the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. Numerous company members have been able to portray the characters in this story, and a multitude of students have been able to participate in the show as townspeople. SUPERHERO has touched so many hearts, of both dancers and audience members.
This year is going to be the last year to see this performance before it goes into the GHDT Vault. To celebrate the show, let’s take some time to look back at each character and what they bring to the story, along with which company members have portrayed each role over the past 12 years.
Martin Casanova – 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
James Gilmer – 2015, 2016
Eduardo Permuy – 2017
Heather King – 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
Dana Backes (Westfall) – 2015
Sarah Sigman – 2016
Taylar Green – 2017
Christine Colquitt (Thacker) – 2006
Melanie Eakman – 2008, 2012, 2014
Hannah Brown – 2015, 2016, 2017
Courtney Cole – 2006
Ogulcan Borova – 2008
Philip Crawshaw – 2012
Liang Fu – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Sarah Collister (Megel) – 2006, 2008
Sara Little – 2012
Samantha James – 2014
Melanie Heazeltine (Eakman) – 2015
Brittney Richards – 2016, 2017
Rachel Rutland Maryanovskaya – 2006, 2008
Abigail Lessaris – 2015, 2016, 2017
Rachel Rutland Maryanovskaya -2006, 2008
Dana Backes (Westfall) – 2012, 2014
Abigail Lessaris – 2015, 2016, 2017
Woman at the Well
Inita Saleniece – 2006, 2008
Natalee Cooney – 2012
Rachel Jacobucci – 2014
Heather King – 2015
Erica Steward – 2016, 2017
Come see SUPERHERO this Easter weekend! For tickets, click here.
Join us for SIMCHA!
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s annual cabaret-styled fundraising performance, SIMCHA, will be presented weekends February 3-18, 2018 at The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, 329 Gradle Drive in Carmel. This powerful, dramatic, yet fun and energetic performance celebrates the resilient nature of Jewish heritage and culture. In true GHDT fashion, it will make you smile, laugh, and cry all in a span of two hours.
This is a show for everyone! Take a break from the Indiana winter weather roller coaster, and enjoy some theatrical entertainment!
Included in this performance is GHDT’s classic, “1941.” This piece depicts a mother grieving after the lose of her child. Accompanying the dancer, is a large piece of black fabric, which represents her emotion and path.
Also performed is a new exciting work choreographed by Gregory Hancock as well as a beautiful performance of “The Western Wall” by G2, our pre-professional company.
Tickets are $35 and includes complimentary light refreshments.
Performances are February 3-18. Saturday evenings at 7pm and Sunday afternoons at 3pm. Seating is limited. For tickets, click here!
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!
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.
For tickets, click here.
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.