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Taylar Green

 
 
Taylar Green is a full-time professional dancer with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (GHDT), and like most artists juggles a full schedule throughout the week. In addition to rehearsing for shows, taking company technique classes and teaching the next generation of professional dancers, Green also works as an office assistant at
Clarence Farrington School 61.
 

Green, however, is not alone. Juggling multiple jobs isn’t just a way of life for many, it’s
usually necessary for arts professionals who often supplement their full-time employment with part-time opportunities off stage.Taylar Green

 

For Green, her work at Clarence Farrington and GHDT
satisfies her love for both children and education. Green is a company member with the Carmel-based contemporary dance company, where she also serves
as an instructor (with a focus on jazz).

 

“I
love educating others in things that I love. I find passing my passion on to
another generation rewarding,” said Green, a native of Mobile, Ala., who moved
to Indianapolis in 2009 with her family. “Dance is purely an art form that has
to be passed down and can’t be taught from a book or video. So I enjoy
interacting with students and seeing their passion. Encouraging and teaching my
students to be better than they were yesterday and seeing their improvement is
my favorite part of teaching.”

 

No
stranger to the stage, in February Green performed in GHDT’s “The Black Dahlia.”
She also was one of the featured artists during the 2017 Art & Soul, a
celebration of local African-Americans in the arts, held each February at the Indianapolis
Artsgarden.

 

Currently,
she’s rehearsing for her role as Mother Mary in GHDT’s
 “Superhero,”
a two-act story of Jesus that takes audiences on a journey from Palm Sunday
through the Resurrection. “Superhero” will be performed at 7 p.m., April 14 and
15 at the Booth Tarkington Theatre in Carmel.

 

“It’s
definitely a crowd favorite on Easter weekend,” said Green. “Our shows are an
experience for the audience and are very physically and emotionally demanding
pieces that we need to build our stamina for and hone our acting skills. We
typically rehearse from 6 to 8 p.m. to prepare for a show.”

 

Green
has been preparing for the rigors of studio and stage life since she was a
child. She fell in love with dance while watching her older sister take classes in their native Alabama.

 

“I
just grew up watching her dance and I wanted to do everything my big sister
did, so my mom put me in dance classes,” said Green. “Plus, I was always
getting in trouble in kindergarten for dancing in line and in the classroom. So
it just kind of seemed like the natural progression.”

 

When the family moved to Indianapolis, Green enrolled in
classes at GHDT. Although classically trained, she classifies herself as a
contemporary/modern dancer. “I’m a pretty versatile dancer, so I put myself in
that category. That’s what I feel that I’m best at. It allows me to play on both
ballet and modern, which kind of fuse together and creates a unique and
different style that I guess I identify with more.”

 

Performing,
however, is what her heart yearns for. In fact, she considers herself less a
dancer and more of a performer because she loves to entertain.

 

“Whether I’m dancing or choreographing, I choreograph not
just for myself but thinking of an audience, thinking of who would enjoy this
and why they would enjoy it — even when it comes to music selection, costuming
and the choreography,” said Green, who ultimately want to combine her artistry
with her love for education. “I am someone who wants the audience to feel
something and feel that they are a part of it, like they are sitting on the
edge of their seats and they want to do every move with me, whether they can or
not. I love engaging and
moving a crowd. I feel that I’m at my best self on the stage.”