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.
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.”