Claire Smith joins the NRTF as Project Manager for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative

We're delighted to announce that Claire Smith has joined the NRTF team as Project Manager for the Rural Touring Dance Iniative.

Claire will be the central liaison point for the project, working with touring schemes, dance companies, project partners and local promoters to coordinate: tours of rural venues, artistic residencies and development labs, professional development bursaries for touring schemes and local promoters and dance showcases at the annual NRTF conference.

NRTF Development Director Ralph Lister said: "The NRTF is delighted to welcome Claire Smith as the Project Manager for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having co-managed the Cheshire Rural Touring scheme for several years. In addition she brings great enthusiasm for the support and encouragement of more performing arts companies to get involved in rural touring”

On joining the NRTF, Claire Smith said: "I am delighted to be stepping into the project management role for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative. I have already really enjoyed my first few days speaking to companies and schemes about what’s possible. For some schemes, promoting dance will be a challenge but the excitement it will generate, we hope, will be ample payback. This is a brand new exciting opportunity – there is no ‘template’ as such so I am keen to get to grips with what the extended opportunities could be."

Welcome to the team Claire!

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