Travis D. Gatling


Chair, NASD Committee on Ethics
Elected September 2019, term ends September 2022

Travis D. Gatling is in his 21st year as a faculty member and currently, the Director of the School of Dance at Ohio University. His teaching activities include Modern, Jazz and Ballet techniques, Dance Repertory, and Black Dance Forms. Now in its third year, he is the founder of the Ohio University Summer Dance Institute, the School of Dance’s first summer dance intensive program.

Professor Gatling began his dance training at Norfolk State University (NSU) under the mentorship of Inez L. Howard, the Founding Director of the NSU Dance Theater. While an undergraduate, 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, a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. His performance credits include lead roles in reconstructed works by Donald McKayle, Merce Cunningham, and Doris Humphrey, as well as original solo works by Ronald K. Brown, James Frazier, and Earl Mosley. 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. He has been invited to teach and commissioned to create work for the University of Akron, the Cherokee Ballet Theatre in Woodstock, GA, Middle Tennessee State University, Full Circle Dance Co. in MD, and Urban Soul Dance Company in TX.

Professor Gatling serves NASD as a visiting evaluator and is a member of OhioDance and the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA).

Professor Gatling holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Norfolk State University in Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the Ohio State University.

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Posted September 2019