DTT was created in 2009 as the performance arm of former Nashville Ballet dancer Christopher Mohnani’s nonprofit Asian American Performing Arts Society. DTT’s mission is to bring “ballet to the people.” The premise for DTT is to educate and expose local audiences to ballet by inviting performers from around the world to join the company in their presentation of both the classics and new work. Guest dancers have come from such luminary companies as Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Australian Ballet to contribute to classics such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
The company fuses a classical ballet and contemporary style, with fresh choreography from up-and-coming artists such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Ron De Jesus (Fado de Amour), Tulsa Ballet’s Ma Cong (Passion, There)Ballet Memphis’ Hazel Sabas-Bower (Green)and Philippines Ballet choreographer Alden Lugnasis (Swimming the Cumberland River). In addition to their commitment to artistic expression, DTT is also involved in community outreach, inspiring local youth to become involved in dance by offering classes and accessible performances.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee Information
- Public Transportation: Varies by venues
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
- Performances/Programs: The company presents a fall and winter season, plus the Children’s Storybook Series and the annual tour of Nutcracker
- Ticket Prices: Ticket prices vary, but usually range from $15–$25. Children discounts are often available
- Membership: Outreach Sponsor (1,000+); Production Sponsor ($5,000+); Presenting Season Sponsor ($10,000+). Depending on level, benefits include ad space in Season Program Book, VIP tickets to season performances, invitations to dress rehearsals, and more.