Rural Touring Dance Initiative

A message about Co-Vid 19 and Spring 2020 Cancellations

Dear RTDI partners, artists, promoters and audience members,

By now you will all be aware that across the country rural touring events have been cancelled and postponed, and this includes the remaining RTDI shows for the spring.

Over the past week, we have been working closely with everyone involved in the RTDI to decide on the next steps. We are hoping where possible we can reschedule shows that were due to take place this spring. Everyone at the Rural Touring Dance Initiative is doing everything it can to support our community of, promoters and schemes during this difficult time and look after the livelihoods of the artists we work alongside.

If you have purchased a ticket for a now-cancelled show please contact the venue or hosting scheme directly. 

We hope to be back in the autumn to continue bringing the best contemporary dance to rural areas, until then please look after yourselves.

NRTF joined forces with The Place, Take Art and China Plate back in 2015 to deliver the Rural Touring Dance Initiative ( RTDI ). This innovative project, funded by Arts Council England, is helping to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of dance promoted by Rural Touring schemes all over the country.
So far the scheme has worked with 40 companies, promoting 140 shows to just under 13,000 audience members.


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 5 was launched on 9th January 2020 and can be accessed from the button on the right or downloads below. It features some of the most dynamic and charismatic contemporary dance companies in the Uk. They are Lanre Malaolu, Edifice Dance Theatre, New Art Club, Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash, Slanjayvah Danza, Sonia Sabri Company. Along with two new specially commissioned rural dance shows from Jo Fong & George Orange, Joan Cleville and Scottish Dance Theatre.
  • 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

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.

With thanks to…

RTDI would like to thank dance organisations Dance East and Pavilion Dance South West who have supported and contributed to the Rural Touring Dance Initiative to enable dance to reach more people in rural communities.

Grateful thanks also to Arts Council Wales and The Foyle Foundation for supporting a commission of a new work and the Children and Young people element of the project.

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…

RTDI Menu 5 Released 9th January 2020 PDF 12,921kb Download

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