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)

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

Matt Henry
Arts Council of Central Louisiana (Alexandria, LA)

Laura Howell
Bologna Performing Arts Center (Cleveland, MS)

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

Laurie Uprichard
Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA)

Eric Oberstein
Duke Performances/Duke University (Durham, NC)

Kristin Cobb
Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (Columbia, SC)

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

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

Adam Twiss
Paramount Theatre/City of Goldsboro (Goldsboro, NC)

Laura Burkhart
New Orleans Ballet Association (New Orleans, LA)

Additional Participants:

Elizabeth Auer
University of Florida Performing Arts (Gainesville, FL)

Rae Geoffrey
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts (Asheville, NC)

Rosemary Johnson
Alabama Dance Council (Birmingham, AL)

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

* no longer in DTI

Cohort 2 (started in 2012)

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

Melanie Couvillon
Manship Theatre (Baton Rouge, LA)

Norman Easterbrook
RiverCenter for the Performing Arts (Columbus, GA)

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

Diane Wood*
Tarpon Arts (Tarpon Springs, FL)

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

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

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

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

Clayton Shelvin
Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)

* no longer in DTI

Cohort 1 (started in 2009)

Gene Conroy*
Ballet Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)

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

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

Eric Fliss
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs / South Miami-Dade CulturalArts Center (Miami, FL)

Angela Gallo
Coker College – Department of Dance (Hartsville, SC)

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

Charles Irvin*
Cumberland County Playhouse (Crossville, TN)

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

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

Sharon Moore
NC State LIVE (Raleigh, NC)

Dan Barnard
Mississippi State University Riley Center (Meridan, MS)

* no longer in DTI

Dance Companies and DTI

Dance companies, including those not involved in Momentum, are an integral aspect of the Dance Touring Initiative. Our Request for Information (RFI) is an online form that dance companies nationwide may use to submit information to the DTI Presenter Cohorts for engagement consideration. This is not an application process to be selected for a tour, and it is not required to submit the RFI in order to be booked by DTI presenters. However, it provides a uniform tool that companies may use to investigate how their work aligns with DTI values and submit that information to DTI presenters in a compelling manner that is transparent and equitable. There is no deadline to complete the RFI.

Complete the RFI

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