Co-founded in 2012 by artistic directors Brent Whitney and Jennifer McQuiston Lott, the Traverse City Dance Project began with a 20-day intensive rehearsal period in Traverse City, MI. Twelve dancers and four choreographers gathered from around the country and world to develop four dance works, which premiered at the historic City Opera House.
Over our past four seasons, we have featured the work of 11 choreographers and counting. We believe in innovation, and favor adventurous and bold dancemakers: artists such as Mauro de Candia (director of Theater Theater Osnabrück, Germany), John Utans (freelance choreographer based in Hong Kong), Jodie Gates (founder of the Laguna Dance Festival and Director of the game-changing USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance), and "punk ballerina" Karole Armitage, whose remarkable career has spanned the globe.
Dancers have hailed from Ballet Memphis, The Milwaukee Ballet, Lustig Dance Theater, Roxy Ballet, The University of California, Irvine, Juilliard, Ballet X, Ballet NY, Armitage Gone! Dance, Rioult Dance, James Sewell Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Gibney Dance, Sacramento Ballet, and San Diego Ballet.
The project acts as a creative laboratory, providing artists with a focused opportunity to investigate, hone, and share choreography within the vibrant Traverse City community.
As an arts venture that is progressive, economical, and sustainable, the Traverse City Dance Project will continue to bring top-tier professional dance to Northern Michigan.
To build and stage a bold mixture of new and existing dance works
To inspire and educate audiences
To collaborate within the local community; and
To provide a creative laboratory for dancers and choreographers in beautiful northern Michigan