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We performed The Jungle Book"   6 years ago!!  Miss Fran is remounting the ballet based on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale.  June 2, 2019,  1 and 5pm at Poolesville High School Theater. Below is our poster from 6 years ago:







Another great A Christmas Carol

November 24th, 2018.

"One for the books"!

On November 24, 2018, Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre presented “A Christmas Carol,” an Ichijo ballet adaptation of the story written by Charles Dickens.  Many came out and enjoyed a wonderful performance at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. There were two fabulous  performances!  Our annual performance of the Christmas Carol is a great way to start your holiday season! Come next year!!


Past Shows: 

HGCBT's A Christmas Carol  !! It was a

great show on November 25th, 2017 at

F.Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville!

See what you missed here with a  quick look !

 Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.






Generation Variations, directed by Fran Ichijo, was a cutting-edge performance that spoke to the audiences with a message of innocence and depth.  Presented by HGCBT at the new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD, Generation Variations refers to classic and contemporary choreography to music that is 100 years apart.  Musicians such as Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, and Elvis were paired with brilliant classical works by Tchaikovsky, Minkus, and Delibes.  In keeping with Hope Garden’s mission to “bring ballet to the people" and to "engage people of all cultures and ages," this show featured an exciting mix of classical ballet, contemporary dance, and Salsa.  Ichijo arranged a stunning mélange of dancers and choreographers from the DC area who represented varied ages, genders, and cultures.  Former and current professional dancers, as well as gifted and dedicated young Academy dancers captivated and inspired the audience. With a featured premiere by renowned Bowen McCauley Dance Company of Washington, the audience was moved and delighted with both the music and dance, that came to life in a beautiful and unexpected way.


 A Christmas Carol

Dec 17, 2016

Again, audiences were delighted with HGCBT's "A Christmas Carol" at the F.Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville.

These promotional videos of past Christmas Carols gives a taste of what it is like...enjoy! 







Everyone loves magic, hoping that all our wishes can come true…Aladdin is no different.  In research for this show, I discovered that the Arabian Nights tales were told by a clever young lady who did not want to be beheaded, thus her wish to stay alive was granted by telling delightful tales that pleased the Emperor, and the tales were born and passed on generation to generation.  Aladdin is a particularly fun story as it appeals to our wishful side and lets us wander to an intriguing time of mystery and danger.  Myself, I have taken great liberty with the story to adapt it to the stage, with music by composers Aram Khachaturian and Adolphe Adam.   

In the Second Act of Aladdin,   I have used Act 2 from the classical ballet “Giselle”.  The ballet Giselle, perhaps the most famous ballet from the Romantic era, first was performed in 1841 in Paris, France.  I portray the Wilis as the “sorceresses” who do the bidding of the lead sorceress, Myrtha. She in turn follows the rules of the sorcerer, determined to undermine Aladdin, by stealing his love, Jasmine, and putting her under a spell.  The dancers have worked very hard to rehearse and present their artistry, and with every muscle and every cell, they seek to move you and entertain you. The tech staff and all those behind the scenes contributed immeasurably to the total experience.  I hope you enjoyed our presentation of “Aladdin” on June 4th, 2016. 

DVD's of the show are available for purchase ($30) to the public after July 15, 2016.

Check out the review on DCMetroTheaterArts!!

Miss Fran Ichijo – Artistic Director


About Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre
Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre (HGCBT) is a non-profit organization created to provide performance opportunities to not only the students of Hope Garden Ballet Academy, but to any classical dancers in the region who wish to display their talents. MORE