HGCBT In the Community

As Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre grows we continue to expand our outreach to the community, seeking out ooportunities to perform and discuss dance in new and different locations and situations in an effort to promote ballet, and all of the positive influences performing in a ballet can provide young people. 

HGCBT has performed in senior centers, at gatherings such as Lion's Club meetings, and community events, such as Poolesville Day and Monocacy Elementary School's International Night.

Sample Community Events:

Ballet Starts at Home
Once again select dancers from HGCBT performed at Poolesville Day, our home community's annual festival celebrating this unique town. After participating in the Poolesville Day parade members of the troup performed a variety of dances from the HGCBT repetoire featuring both our youngest and some of our oldest dancers. The startling abilities of the dancers, the wonderful music and the great weather combined to make it a memorable performance for not only the enthusiastic crowd, but for the dancers as well. 

Dancers and the Lions
On November 12, 2013 Members of Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre dropped in on the monthly meeting of the Monocacy Lions Club in Walkersville, Maryland. The troupe members stunned their audience with three dances from the upcoming performance of HGCBT’s “A Christmas Carol.” John Foster, Lizzie Phelps and Bubby Roland Jones performed “Golliwogs,” Carly Johnson danced the “Queen of the Gypsies” solo, and Suzanne Creedon performed as the “Golden Medallion.” Afterwards some of the dancers took to the podium and with the confidence and poise of seasoned performers explained to the gathering of community leaders how the art and discipline of ballet has helped sculpt them as individuals, and taught them the spirit of working as a group to achieve great things. Lion member Bill Jamison, the troupe’s sponsor for the evening, later admitted that he, as well as the rest of the group, did not fully understand how talented and poised HGCBT’s dancers are, and what a wonderful asset the program is to our small community. The dancers all expressed the desire to perform again for this delightful group! 

HGCBT is Growing in the Community 
On April 14, 21 dancers from Poolesville’s Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre performed for residents of The Village of Rockville retirement community. The dancers, ages seven to seventeen, presented several classical ballet variations as well as dances from their upcoming production of The Jungle Book, an original adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, which will be performed on June first at Poolesville High School. As part of its mission, Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre, which was founded in 2008 under the artistic direction of Fran Ichijo, goes into the community to educate and inspire audiences of all ages with high quality ballet performances. At the conclusion of this event dancers presented audience members with carnations as a token of appreciation. The performance was received with enthusiasm and the ballet theatre was invited to return for future engagements. VIEW PHOTOS 

 HGCBT Performs at International Night
On March 1st Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre participated in Monocacy Elementary School’s “International Night,” a celebration of cultures from around the world. Our dancers performed three famous pieces; The Scarf Dance from “La Bayadere,” a story from India; the Italian tale of Harlequin and Columbine, and a French Gypsy dance from “La Esmeralda.” The audience was very impressed with the quality of the dancing, and cheers broke out when one of the dancers was recognized as a Monocacy student. The event was a wonderful opportunity to show how the universal art of ballet can be translated into so many cultures.