Featured Dancer – Abbie Lessaris

SUPERHERO Dancer of the Day

Abigail Lessaris – The Cross and Pilate’s Wife, Claudia 

How many times have you been in a production of SUPERHERO?

2017 will be my 6th time performing in Superhero.

What is your favorite scene in SUPERHERO?

I love the representation of Palm Sunday at the beginning of the show. The students run on with palm leaves in the air and there is a burst of color as Jesus makes his first entrance. It’s an explosion of excitement.

Do you have a favorite role in the show, whether it’s one you’ve performed or not?

Judas. I’ve been obsessed with the role of Judas since I sat in the audience at the world premiere of the show in 2006.

Favorite costume or part of a costume in the show?

Pilate’s wife, Claudia, wears an incredible floor length dress with a beautiful set of Indian jewelry.

What is your favorite piece of music in SUPERHERO?

My favorite is probably You’re the One I Love by Jane Olivor, but every single song is so great. If you asked me tomorrow my answer might change.

What does SUPERHERO mean to you?

Springtime! We are always rehearsing Superhero as the weather is getting warm, and we can open up the back doors in our studio. The wind blows the fabric of our headpieces and the sun warms up the marley floor that we dance on. It’s a little bit of heaven after the gray, cold winter.

Why should everyone come see SUPERHERO A Story of a Man Called Jesus?

It’s an emotional story with amazing music, athletic dancing, and colorful costumes. There is something for everyone.

Come see Abigail perform the roles of The Cross and Pilate’s Wife, Claudia! Tickets can be purchased for SUPERHERO here.

To learn more about Company Dancer Abigail Lessaris, visit her Artist’s Page!

Featured Dancer – Taylar Green

SUPERHERO Dancer of the Day

Taylar Green – Mother Mary

How many times have you been in a production of SUPERHERO?

This will be my second time performing in SUPERHERO.

What is your favorite scene in SUPERHERO?

My favorite scene is the opening! Its so fun and sets the tone of the first half. It also surprises new audience members from what they might be expecting the show to look like.

Do you have a favorite role in the show, whether it’s one you’ve performed or not?

My favorite role is Mother! The first time I saw it performed, I was mesmerized.

Favorite costume or part of a costume in the show?

My favorite costume detail is the face of Mary on Mother’s shirt! The audience may not be able to see it, but it’s a small detail that makes me connect to the role a little more.

What is your favorite piece of music in SUPERHERO?

My favorite song is The Cross’s song! It’s so beautiful and simple. It moves the audience and draws them into the power and sadness of that moment.


What does SUPERHERO mean to you?

This show means a lot to me because it doesn’t force anything on the audience or dancers. It allows you to just be in the moment, see the stories and, really feel them. It’s an overwhelming and euphoric experience once we’re in the theatre with the lights, music, and costumes.

Why should everyone come see SUPERHERO A Story of a Man Called Jesus?

Because SUPERHERO is a unique show, it tells the story of Jesus in a way that I have never seen. Audiences will find themselves jamming in their seats, crying, and smiling all in 2 hours!

Come see Taylar perform the role of Mother Mary for the first time! Tickets can be purchased for SUPERHERO here.

To learn more about Company Dancer Taylar Green, visit her Artist’s Page!

The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia

Los Angeles, 1947, a body was found in a vacant lot. Who was this girl? What’s her story? Who killed her? Her name was Elizabeth Short. She moved to LA after her fiancé went down in the war, hoping to find fame and fortune. She had dreams of becoming an actress, her name known all around the world. She did find fame, however her fame came from her tragic death. She became known as The Black Dahlia, a girl horrifically murdered. Investigators spent years trying to find her killer, yet no one was ever convicted. 

GHDT took the story into our own hands. We narrowed it down to four suspects – The Sister, The Reporter, The Showgirl, and The Doctor. Each suspect has their own unique connection to Elizabeth, and each had their own motive. To find out who is guilty, you’ll have to come see The Black Dahlia for yourself. 


GHDT will have 6 performances of The Black Dahlia. February 4-19, Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm. Included with the ticket price are beverages and a plate of snacks for you to munch on throughout the nail-biting mystery. GHDT’s annual February concert is our fundraising concert, so come prepared to participate in auctions and raffles! Performances are at The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (AGHDT), and tickets can be bought here. Shows are beginning to sell out, so buy your tickets quick!


Company Auditions

GHDT Company Auditions

March 11th, 2017

Audition will be held at:
The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
329 Gradle Dr. Carmel, IN 46032
AUDITION: 2:00pm
Audition fee: $20

Additional Audition dates:
April 8th, 2pm

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, located in Indianapolis, Indiana is seeking male and female dancers for company positions, guest work, and apprenticeships for its 2017-2018 season. GHDT is a contemporary ballet/modern dance company looking for dancers with strong training in ballet, modern and contemporary styles. All applicants who live outside the US must have a valid work visa. All applicants must be available to audition in person.


Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre provides:

  • 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 the Performing Arts
  • Teaching and choreographic opportunities at The Academy of GHDT
  • Minimum of 30 week work schedule


Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre commitments:

  • Rehearsals Monday-Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Company Class of ballet, modern, or jazz 9:30am-11:00am
  • Occasional events and performances around the community


For registration or inquires about the audition please email
[email protected]


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from GHDT! Cheers to a joyous and safe 2017. We’re looking forward to what this year will bring for the company. 


Don’t miss an opportunity to attend all three productions in the remaining 2016-2017 season! In February, “The Black Dahlia,” a new work by Artistic Director Gregory Hancock, will premier at The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel, Indiana. This annual February cabaret-style performance is a fundraising event for the company. GHDT transforms the every day rehearsal space into a black box theatre, which creates an up-close, unique experience for the audience. Light refreshments are served. “The Black Dahlia” is a murder mystery ballet based on the story of the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short from the 1940’s. Performances will be held the first three weekends of February (4th-19th), Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm.

“SUPERHERO -The Story of a Man Called Jesus” will return on Easter weekend, April 14 & 15 to The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. This fan favorite production is back by popular demand with performances at 7 p.m. Tickets are now available at the box office.

We close our season with “A Night in India,” June 9 & 10 at The Tarkington. This production will highlight the beautiful history and culture of India as seen through the eyes of choreographer and Artistic Director Gregory Hancock. New works along with popular repertoire pieces will be performed by the talented and versatile company dancers. Buy your tickets today for a unique evening out at The Tarkington Theater!

Academy Student Performances

Along with the GHDT company performances this season, The Academy of GHDT will present “G2 and Academy Showcase” on June 4th at The Tarkington – one performance only. Come see the talented students of G2 and AGHDT perform new choreography and some popular company repertoire pieces.


GHDT is looking forward to a wonderful new year! Please join us at the theatre!

Successful Nutcracker Weekend

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GHDT’s The Nutcracker was a raging success this year! All of the performers worked so hard to put on a beautiful, magical weekend of performances. From the wee little unicorns, to the 14 dancing snowflakes, everyone’s part came together to tell this heartwarming story of the season. 




This was the 24th season that GHDT’s contemporary Nutcracker had been performed. Our lead roles this year, Klara, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Nutcracker Prince, were performed by Audrey Holloway, Nicholle Sanders, and Justin Sears. 

The dancer-favorite performance this year, was once again the school show. Every year, schools around the area come to Pike Performing Arts Center Friday morning of Nutcracker weekend, to see The Nutcracker. Our dancers get excused from school for the day, and get the amazing opportunity to perform in front of an audience of 1,400 children. 15326332_10154994564637638_8120524455131448025_n

If you missed it this year, be sure to join us next December for the 25th anniversary of The Nutcracker!


Nutcracker Tea

img_4135Along with The Nutcracker, we have an annual Nutcracker Tea. This year, our fourth annual Tea was held at Pike Performing Arts Center before the Saturday matinee performance. Tea-goers were treated to tea, lemonade, mini-sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and desserts, and had the chance to win prizes in a raffle. On top of all of that, they also received a photo-opt with Klara, Sugar Plum, and the Prince

The Tea wouldn’t be possible without all of our amazing business sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Special thanks our event sponsor Performance Services, Inc.

Thank you to our donors for their support!
The Fresh Market, Carmel
Market District, Carmel
Party Time Rental, Indianapolis
Hershey Foods
Whole Foods Market
Carmel Orthodontics, Dr. Ron Miller
Norma June’s Photography
Floral by Sharon McKee
Napkins handmade by Dianne Shull
Salon 01, Carmel
Gigi’s Cupcakes of Indianapolis
Kroger Company
Denise Salamie
Haewon Miller
Ivy Heazeltine

fullsizerender-2A special thanks as well to all of the volunteers who worked the event. Mark your calendar for our fifth annual Nutcracker Tea next year!

Barnes & Noble Event

Nutcracker Event at Barnes & Noble

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embers spent part of their Saturday at Barnes & Noble promoting their upcoming performance. Patrons shopping at the bookstore that day, could mention GHDT while checking out, and GHDT received some profits. The dancers colored with children, told the story of The Nutcracker, greeted shoppers, and even did a little bit of dancing!




It’s still happening!

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The Nutcracker 2016!

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Nutcracker season is back! Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker at Pike Performing Arts December 2-4, 2016. This full-length modern version of the holiday classic features the highly-talented dancers of G2, the pre-professional company go GHDT. G2 is joined by students from The Academy Of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and other young dancers filling the stage with movement and color! The Nutcracker follows the same overall storyline from the original, but with a uniquely different twist. This magical updated 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 sure to add joy and cheer to your holiday season. 

Performance Info

The Nutcracker is December 2-4, 2016 

Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 3rd at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 PM

All Performances take place at Pike Performing Arts Center located at
6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, IN 40268 

Ticket Info

Ticket prices are:
$25.00 for Adults
$15.00 for students and seniors

Tickets for The Nutcracker can be bought here.

Tickets at the door can be bought with CASH OR CHECK ONLY. 

Recent Patron Reviews October 2016

The Violin Under the Bed Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre“That concert featured a few of my very favorite moments of audience reaction in dance and they are so very rare. Not those moments of big applause, which are great and there were many that night, but those moments when a dance comes to an end and there’s not a sound because to make a single sound would break the spell. That moment when the dance is so beautiful or so heartbreaking that to make a sound other than the beating heart would just destroy the moment. I love that moment when the absence of applause is the highest praise the audience can give. The dancing and choreography are so beautiful and the moment is so tender that all the audience has to give is the respect of silence. And love of the moment. Wow.”    – Charlie Stepp

“I had such an intense reaction to seeing the beautiful “Violin Under the Bed.”  I ran across this article about this syndrome, first described in 1817, that pretty well describes the physical as well as emotional feelings that I had at the end of that show. Ironically, another name for this is Florence syndrome.
-Katie Brown

I love that moment when the absence of applause is the highest praise the audience can give…

“Words like beauty, elegance, intrigue, passion and colorful movement come to mind when I think of “The Violin Under The Bed and Scarlett Letter.” I was moved by the experience of these stories so eloquently told by modern dance and music.  I recommend this show to any seasoned spectator of dance and, in fact, to novice audiences as this show is likely to enthrall the newbie and the experienced with its majestic style.”  -Dr. Louis Janeira

“I wanted to share with you how much we enjoyed seeing Gregory Hancock’s performance “The Violin Under The Bed”.  In Mr. Hancock’s moving tribute to his late mother, the piece captured the humble beginnings from which she came, the love between her and her husband, her love of playing baseball, and how she embraced life.  I have an appreciation of how much she loved her son, and he in return, with the rich artistry of creative dance, illustrative costumes, and selection of music.  It was evident that the audience connected to this story.  I felt that I knew her because of this beautiful illustration and celebration of her life.” – J.J. Kaplan

“Ivy…I can’t express my gratitude enough for the tickets. Truly an emotional tribute and a feast for the eyes. Thank you so much for allowing my friend Laura and I attend.” -Teri Cappron

Christel House Fundraiser Performance

Performing for a Cause

img_3742This past weekend, GHDT took part in a fundraiser for a wonderful organization. Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, as well as the students in G2, performed in downtown Indianapolis. The performance was part of a 2-hour show raising money and awareness for Christel House. The company performed three pieces, and G2 one. Along with GHDT, there were many other performers working together. Anita Hjorth Lerche, a Danish singer who is well-known for her Indian songs, performed many numbers. Other appearances included flautist Gareth Laffely, Bollywood Beats dance group, Epiphany Dance Collective, Ballet Folklorico Mosaics, and singers Katie Schuman and Katy Gentry.

img_3402-2Together, the around 200 attendees raised over $180,000 for Christal House schools. Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre has been a part of this annual fundraiser for the past three years now. Christel House is a welcomed sponsor of the company, and the company loves giving back to this organization and helping raise so much money for the students of Christel House.



Christel House

Christel House is an organization that helps give children of poverty a better education. Founder and CEO, Christel DeHaan, immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1962. She founded Christel House International in 1998, and since then has opened 8 different schools around the globe. Currently, there are 4 schools around the Indianapolis area, 2 schools in India, 1 school in South Africa, and 1 school in Mexico. To learn more about Christel House schools, click here.

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