Ginger Thatcher Joins the Faculty of Ballet Arts, Inc.'s Summer Intensive

Ginger Thatcher Joins the Faculty of Ballet Arts, Inc.’s Summer Intensive

Ginger Thatcher joins the faculty of Ballet Arts, Inc.’s Summer Intensive which will take place June 13-17, in Jackson, Tennessee. Ms. Thatcher will teach musical theater, jazz, and modern dance classes for the participants in this year’s Summer Intensive.

Ginger Thatcher began her professional dance career as an apprentice with the Houston Ballet. She later joined the Cincinnati Ballet and in 1981 joined the Cleveland Ballet, rising to the rank of principal dancer.

From 1991-93 Ms. Thatcher danced with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and danced roles in American Gesture, Concerto 622, Symphonie Concertante, and Waiting For The Sunshine. Ms. Thatcher has also appeared in the Cleveland Opera’s productions of Show BoatMy Fair LadyWest Side Story, and Kiss Me Kate, and with the Kenley Players in Evita and Woman of the Year.

Ms. Thatcher participated in the Carlisle Project, a workshop for promising choreographers, and directed the “New Steps” Choreography Project. In 1995 Ms. Thatcher choreographed a new ballet for the Carlisle Project Showcase and won first prize for her ballet, Hidden Forces, at the Sarasota Ballet’s Choreography Competition. In 1999 the Lawrence Pech Dance Company presented the world premiere of Ms. Thatcher’s Appalachia Waltz and Dance Galaxy presented the world premiere of Ms. Thatcher’s Saturday Night. Additionally, during the 1998-99 season Ms. Thatcher presented an evening of her choreography at the Clark Studio Theatre in New York.

Over the course of the 2000-01 season Ms. Thatcher staged Appalachia Waltz for the Louisville Ballet, created Eve for the Steps Dance Ensemble, staged Saturday Night for the New Jersey Ballet, and created Urban Study for Oregon Ballet Theatre. In 2002 Ms. Thatcher created Hush for American Repertory Ballet, and in 2006 Ms. Thatcher created 1 Albinoni and 5 Women for the Eidolon Ballet.

She also choreographed the dance sequences in the Glimmerglass Opera Theatre’s productions of Eugene Onegin and The Bartered Bride, and the Cleveland Playhouse’s production of The Robber Bridegroom. Subsequently, Ms. Thatcher also created a new version of Swing for the Maine State Music Theatre. In 2007 Ms. Thatcher choreographed the TexARTS’ concert production of Carousel starring Patrick Cassidy and Shirley Jones.

Ms. Thatcher was Lar Lubovitch’s assistant on the Broadway musical, The Red Shoes, and was assistant choreographer for the Vivian Beaumont Theater’s revival of Carousel; the Broadway musical, Big; the stage version of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame; and the Broadway revival of Oklahoma.

Ms. Thatcher has been the rehearsal director for Complexions Dance Company, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. She was also the director of the OU Repertory Dance Company and was an Artist in Residence/Special Lecturer for Oakland University. She is in high demand as a teacher around the country.

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