SEEN AT THE SCENE – Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Just witness our crowd last Saturday night as we welcomed the dancers and musicians from Rhythm in the Night to our Mainstage for a proper Saint Patrick’s Day celebration! Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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Parsons Dance Creates Site Specific Art On The Thrasher-Horne Mainstage

Last week, our theatre was lucky enough to be visited by David Parsons and his troupe from Parsons Dance NYC. The company spent five days in residence at the Thrasher-Horne, and during that time treated the community to two full performances and three dance intensives and masterclasses for local dancers. The Thrasher-Horne has a year history of bringing world class dance to Orange Park, and is able to make these yearly events happen through a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

On Wednesday, over forty dancers gathered on the mainstage for a two hour class administered by David Parsons himself, with help from his full company of four men and four women. Additionally, local filmmaker and Oscar winner Drew L. Brown was brought on board (along with accomplished percussionist Jonah Pierre) to create a site specific video highlighting the Parsons dance combination taught to the students that day. This video was later edited and screened prior to Parsons Friday evening performance.

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the masterclass and the making of the video:

Additionally, David Parsons ventured to Lavilla School of the Arts in downtown Jacksonville to host two masterclasses with dance students from the surrounding community. Those classes culminated in a live performance, also hosted prior to the Friday evening performance. Among those participating in this unique show was Dante Gonzalez, a twelve year old local dance protege enrolled at the Florida Ballet who has previously studied with the Royal Ballet of London and traveled the day after our performance to Toronto to audition for the National Ballet of Canada (highlighted below in the blue shirt).

Experiences of this magnitude are rare for residents of Northeast Florida, and we are proud to have a longstanding relationship with South Arts that allows us to bring world class dance to the students and audiences of the Jacksonville Metropolitan area. Parsons Dance was sublime, and we hope that everyone reading had a chance to experience one of their many offerings last week. For more information about our season and to purchase tickets for upcoming shows, please visit the Thrasher-Horne website.

New York Dances Its Way Into Northeast Florida

Parsons Dance is a New York City based modern dance company, internationally renowned for creating and performing contemporary American dance of extraordinary artistry that is accessible and enriching to diverse audiences. The company has toured to more than 383 cities, 22 countries and 5 continents for the most notable theaters, festivals and presenters worldwide. New York Magazine called Mr. Parsons “one of modern dance’s great living dance-makers.” In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance engages audiences of all ages through education and outreach programs, including national tours such as this one.

Geena Pacareu & Sarah Braverman / Parsons Dance

Geena Pacareu & Sarah Braverman / Parsons Dance

Known for their remarkable athleticism and stunning ensemble work, Parsons Dance delivers positive life-enriching experiences to audiences worldwide. Flawlessly fusing the gestures and movements that comprise contemporary dance with the discipline and precision of a classical company. Parsons Dance is always a favorite that can bring exuberance, joy and passion to any stage.

Parsons is visiting Northeast Florida as part of a residency program funded by a grant from South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These organizations have ensured that Parsons not only present an evening performance at the Thrasher-Horne, but also a discounted matinee performance for students, and several master classes in dance presented both at the theatre and within the community at locations like LaVilla School of the Arts in downtown Jacksonville. These outreach programs help fuel young minds with critically important arts education and bring professional quality performance to children throughout our region.



Tickets for Parsons Dance are available to the general public TODAY. Prices range from $19 to $39 with all fees included. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at


The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.