Dance Touring Initiative

The Dance Touring Initiative was a multi-year project to enhance the presentation and touring of modern dance and contemporary ballet throughout the South. Launched in 2009 as a professional development, network-strengthening, and grantmaking program to support the presentation of dance throughout the region, DTI broadened its scope beginning in 2019. The newest component, Momentum – Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies, complements our previous work with presenting organizations by working intensively with Southern dance companies. The Dance Touring Initiative Presenter Cohorts, now comprised of approximately 30 presenting organizations spanning the region, are now an extensive network of presenters supporting modern dance and contemporary ballet for audience members and educational participants.

Learn about the Dance Touring Initiative in this video produced by Manuel Prestamo of Florida International University.

Meet the DTI Presenters

Cohort 3 (started in 2015)

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Hilton Head Island, SC)*

Arts Council of Central Louisiana (Alexandria, LA)

Bologna Performing Arts Center (Cleveland, MS)

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs (Charleston, SC)

Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA)

Duke Performances/Duke University (Durham, NC)

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (Columbia, SC)

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (Louisville, KY)

Memphis Development Foundation DBA The Orpheum Theatre (Memphis, TN)*

Paramount Theatre/City of Goldsboro (Goldsboro, NC)

New Orleans Ballet Association (New Orleans, LA)

Additional Participants:

University of Florida Performing Arts (Gainesville, FL)

Wortham Center for the Performing Arts (Asheville, NC)

Alabama Dance Council (Birmingham, AL)

Auburn University Gogue Center (Auburn, AL)

Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)

* no longer in DTI

Cohort 2 (started in 2012)

University of Mississippi, The Ford Center (Oxford, MS)*

Manship Theatre (Baton Rouge, LA)

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts (Columbus, GA)

Town of Huntingdon, The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center (Huntingdon, TN)*

Tarpon Arts (Tarpon Springs, FL)*

The Arts Association of East Alabama (Opelika, AL)*

Appalachian State University – Office of Arts and Culture Programs (Boone, NC)

St. Johns River State College, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts (Orange Park, FL)*

Samford University, Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center (Birmingham, AL)*

Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)

* no longer in DTI

Cohort 1 (started in 2009)

Ballet Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)*

East Carolina University – S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Center (Greenville, NC)

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts- Madisonville Community College (Madisonville, KY)

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs / South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Miami, FL)

Coker College – Department of Dance (Hartsville, SC)

Cape Fear Community College, Humanities and Fine Arts Center (Wilmington, NC)

Cumberland County Playhouse (Crossville, TN)*

University of Memphis – Department of Theater and Dance (Memphis,TN)*

Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center (Elizabethtown, KY)*

NC State LIVE (Raleigh, NC)

Mississippi State University Riley Center (Meridan, MS)

* no longer in DTI

Explore the DTI Tours

The Dance Touring Initiative has connected dance companies with audiences and communities across the South. Explore the growing history of tours supported by DTI.

See the Tours