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Travis D. Gatling

Artistic Director/ Head, Dance

Putnam 105
(740) 593-9357

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Travis D. Gatling

Artistic Director/ Head, Dance

Travis D. Gatling began his dance training at Norfolk State University under the mentorship of Inez L. Howard, the Founding Director of the NSU Dance Theater. While earning a B.A. in English/Liberal Arts, he performed and choreographed for the company for several years and later served as the Rehearsal Director. He continued his training in Ballet, Modern and Jazz at the Virginia Ballet Theatre with Glen White, former soloist with the Joffrey Ballet and Elbert Watson, former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He attended Ohio State University as a Fellowship student where he earned an MFA in Dance Performance.  Gatling’s performance credits include lead roles in works by Donald McKayle, Merce Cunningham and Doris Humphrey, as well as solo works by Ronald K. Brown and Earl Mosley and several others. He was a full time Modern and Jazz instructor at Avondale High School of Performing Arts in Decatur, Georgia, where he also served as the Artistic Director for the Dance Repertory Company, the school’s touring group. Some of his other teaching and choreography credits include Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Morton Street Dance Center in MD. He has been commissioned to create new works and set existing repertoire for the University of Akron, the Cherokee Ballet in Woodstock, GA, Middle Tennessee State University, Full Circle Dance Co. in MD, and Urban Soul Dance Company in TX. In addition to teaching Modern, Jazz and Ballet techniques, and Black Dance Forms at Ohio University, he currently serves as the Artistic Director and Head of the Dance Division within The School of Dance, Film, and Theater.

Educational Background:

Travis D. Gatling earned his B.A. in English at Norfolk State University. He continued training in Ballet, Modern and Jazz at Virginia Ballet Theatre, earning his MFA in Dance Performance from Ohio State University.

Classes Being Taught:

DANC 1020 Intro to Ballet, Non-Major

DANC 1240 Jazz Technique

DANC 2010 Modern, Non-Major

DANC 2220 Ballet Technique

DANC 3010 Modern, Non-Major

DANC 3040 Jazz, Non-Major

DANC 3210 Moden Technique

DANC 3302 Pilates Mat Training

DANC 4010 Modern, Non-Major

DANC 4040 Jazz, Non-Major