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After enthralling US audiences with his unique fusion of contemporary ballet with classical Indian and Bollywood dances,
American choreographer Gregory Glade Hancock has set his sights on Indian cinema.
Gregory Glade Hancock plans to bring his dance company to India on a concert tour of various cities. He is also in talks
with some filmmakers who are keen to have him choreograph some special numbers. "We would like to bring to India
contemporary ballet fused with the Indian feelings. We will probably do two different programmes - one western style
and the other an Indian style dance," Gregory Glade Hancock said.
Gregory Glade Hancock, who is interested in Indian culture and music, is currently visiting India as member of a trade
delegation led by Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard.
In Hyderabad, he called on some Telugu filmmakers, including well-known director K Viswanath, who was impressed
with his shows in the US and suggested he choreograph a song for one of his films.
Gregory Glade Hancock heads Gregory Glade Dance Theatre (GHDT), a professional dance company based in Carmel,
Indiana. It combines modern dance, ballet, pointe, ethnic dance forms, and theatre to create a unique style of
movement and sense of drama. GHDT also works extensively with music and themes of India and has created a unique
fusion of modern dance, classical dance of India and Bollywood style of dance. With choreography set to songs in Hindi,
Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi, Mr. Hancock's team has performed at various events in the US like Independence Day, Diwali
celebrations, wedding receptions and also at the American Telugu Association National Convention.
As the founder, artistic director and principal choreographer for GHDT, Gregory Glade Hancock has created over 120
dance works showcasing many different ethnicities, genres and styles. His works include those based on Shahrukh Khan-
Aishwarya Rai-Madhuri Dixit starrer Devdas, Aamir Khan'sLagaan and other movies from Hindi and regional cinema.
Mr. Hancock also runs a dance school with 100 students, including Indian Americans. "Our dancers are initially trained as
classical ballet dancers and then we have modern training in ethnic dance forms," he said. He has been coming to India
for the last four years to teach at four dance schools in Mumbai. He also plans to meet Madhuri Dixit, who recently
opened a dance academy.
"Dance is not huge and popular in America. It is more popular in India. You have a big history of dance," he said.
P. Chidambaram meets US Treasury Secretary, flags concern over H1B visa issue
Flagging concerns of Indian companies on the H-1B visa issue in the latest US immigration bill, Finance Minister P
Chidambaram today told his American counterpart Jack Lew that temporary relocation of knowledge workers should not
be confused with immigration. "There are some provisions related to the H-1B and L1 visas, which require a higher visa
application fee, if certain threshold is crossed in employing Indians on site. I did flag it in my meeting with Secretary Lew.
Just made the point that temporary relocation of knowledge workers should not be confused with immigration,"
Chidambaram told a select group of journalists here.
Noting that the bill is of immigration, Chidambaram said that temporary relocation of knowledge workers on site to
service a client should not be confused with immigration. "I hope the point is taken," he said in response to a question
on his meeting with Lew.
During his meeting with Lew, Chidambaram said the two discussed a range of bilateral issues of mutual interests. They
also discussed the possible dates for the next India-US Economic Dialogue. Chidambaram proposed that the next India-
US Economic Dialogue be held in July along with the CEO Forum meeting in Washington on July 11 and 12. The US has
not confirmed the dates yet. "We generally exchanged views on matters of mutual interest," he told reporters during a
news conference.