Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre
A Community Garden that Grows
Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre (HGCBT) was launched in 2008 by Artistic Director, Mme Frances Ichijo. Officially created as a non-profit organization in 2010, HGCBT provides performing opportunities to not only the students of Hope Garden Ballet Academy, but to any classical dancers in the region who wish to display their talents. Applicants who would like to perform with us must audition for our performances.
HGCBT upholds the traditions and history of classical ballet while venturing into the world of contemporary ballet and movement—continuing the education of the young people involved, stretching their minds and exploring their understanding of movement art, anatomy, musicality, and theater. HGCBT hopes to extend its solid foundation in the community, teaching and spreading the message of beauty, culture, and the deep roots of Classical Ballet while including exciting adventures into contemporary dance such as hip-hop. These young dancers seek to educate and inspire audiences throughout the Maryland and D.C. region, striving to perform in many venues, including hospitals, senior homes, schools, and community settings.
The cost of hiring technical staff, renting the theater, costumes, and scenery, and purchasing costume materials and props is a major obstacle to creating concerts to match the caliber of these talented dancers. The dancers all pay a fee to participate in these productions, but our goal is to keep these fees very low in order to prevent anyone from being excluded from participation.
Please consider supporting the goals, the children and the patrons of HGCBT through some level of support. We offer a variety of ways to contribute. If you have any questions please email HGCBT with your contact information and someone will get back to you promptly. By making any level of contribution you would be helping this community-oriented source of art and culture to continue to grow and achieve.