Christine Colquitt Thacker

Assistant Professor of Dance

Christine Colquitt Thacker has a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy (Butler University, Indianapolis, IN), and an M.A. in Dance Teaching Artistry (Wayne State University, Detroit MI). Christine studied Theology as a M-Div Candidate at Anderson University. She spent her primary performance years  with the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (GHDT, Indianapolis) from 1998-2007. From 2003-2007 she was Assistant Director of the Company, as well as a Principal Dancer. Twice she toured Eastern Europe with GHDT. The tours included performances for Latvia’s Head of State at the 11th Annual International Baltic Ballet Festival, and performing the final pas de deux from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, with her partner Martin Casanova, at the Latvian National Opera House in Riga. She was Guest Artist at the prestigious Riga Choreographic Institute, where she assisted in modern dance classes.

Her career with GHDT includes 73 repertoire pieces. She originated the roles of Mary Magdalene in “SuperHero”, Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, The Cheshire Cat in “Alice: Her Bizarre Adventures in Wonderland”, among others.

Colquitt Thacker has been a regular performer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has performed alongside Grammy artist Sandi Patty, Tony Award Winner Beth Leaval, and Broadway Royalty such as Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Ted Keagan, Ben Crawford, and Jacob Brent.

During her career she has performed under the direction of Bill T. Jones. Mercedes Ellington, Gregory Hancock, and Larry Carpenter White (Martha Graham Company).  She has been paired with Erlends Ziemenich (NYCB/BI), Olgucan Borova (Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Mast. Finnish National Opera), Liang Fu (Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet), Ivan Koslov (Eifman Ballet, Dir. Kiev City Ballet), Jacob Brent (CATS- Broadway/London), along with many others.

Colquitt Thacker is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission; a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment; and a winner of the Center for Leadership Development Award for Excellent Achievement in Arts and Theater. She has worked as a Teaching Artist in Residence for Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis. She has paired with Artistic Director of Martha Graham Company, Janet Eilber to teach dance outreach programs based on Graham’s “Lamentation”. Most recently her accomplishments include the research, creation,  and development of The Sightless Somatic Ballet Study Method, and the co-initiator/founder  of The Diversity Dance Festival at Anderson University. Her teaching expertise lies in Vaganova Ballet Technique, Horton Modern Technique, Dance Pedagogy, and Professional Praxis. 

Colquitt Thacker’s students have spanned successful careers on Broadway, and multiple prestigious ballet and modern dance companies. She is Assistant  Professor of Dance at Anderson University, and Dancer Emeritus of GHDT, Carmel, IN.

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Christine Colquitt Thacker
Assistant Professor of Dance
​​​​​​​Composition, Ballet, Jazz
BA, Butler University