Rural Touring Dance Initiative

Since 2015 the NRTF has joined forces with The Place, Take Art and China Plate to launch an innovative initiative for making and touring dance performances to and for rural areas. Originally a 3-year project RTDI has now been extended for a further 3 years making the project live until summer 2021.


Get an overview of the Rural touring Dance Initiative

Project Aims

  • To seek out great dance companies that are excited to tour rurally
  • To support rural promoters and schemes to build audiences for dance in rural spaces

The Project Offers

  • Curated dance Menus available to NRTF members – Menu 4 was launched on 8h January 2019 and can be accessed here. It features some of the most dynamic and charismatic contemporary dance companies in the Uk. They are Lost Dog, bgroup, Phoenix Dance Theatre, James Wilton Dance, Lila Dance, Joan Cleville Dance, and Uchenna Dance. They are joined by Corali, Shane Shambhu, and Tom Dale Dance. Rural Touring Schemes now have until 19th February to register their expressions of interest.
  • To support rural promoters and schemes to build audiences for dance in rural spaces
  • Induction into Rural Touring for companies new to the sector and ongoing support
  • Commissioning opportunities
  • ‘Go and See’ opportunities for promoters, schemes, and artists
  • Participation opportunities particularly for Young People
  • Tool Kit information sheets – downloadable from the ‘Downloads’ box on the right.

The project has been made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery-funded Strategic Touring Programme.

Whoever you are – if you want to keep in touch with what’s going on you can visit this page, click on the links to the right for more information and latest news stories and check out the links to our partner’s page and the background to the project. Details on the first two seasons of the project can be found on the RTDI Archive page.

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Rural Touring Dance: Project 1 Full Film

RTDI Top Tip

You can see more of our Top Tips for Artists here.


Handy guides, resources, information and more for RTDI Artists, promoters and scheme managers. All you need for starting or finding out more about a Rural Touring Dance Initiative…

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Handy guides, resources, information and more for promoters and scheme managers. Al you need for starting or finding out more about a Rural Touring Dance Initiative…

RTDI_Menu_4_web_(1) Menu 4 PDF 915kb Download

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The place

The Place has been a driving force for contemporary dance in the UK for 45 years.

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China Plate

China Plate’s portfolio of activity encompasses developing, making and programming new work.

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Take Art

Over the last 9 years Take Art has hosted the Somerset county dance agency, supporting the… infrastructure for the development and promotion of professional dance in Somerset.

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