DanceTheYard (DTY) is The Yard’s resident dance collective (The Yard is a non-profit performing arts organization located in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard). DTY is co-directed by The Yard’s Executive Director, Alison Manning, and The Yard’s Director of Island Programs & Education, Jesse Keller, with Artistic Advisor David R. White. Choreographing together since 2011, Alison and Jesse have created an emerging body of work and fostered a collective of professional artists—hailing from Martha’s Vineyard and New York City—who are committed to seeing the work presented in both the local and national dance arena.
DTY presents an annual weekend of performances, as part of the Yard Arts summer series. The collective also performs regularly at various community based events on Martha’s Vineyard, often inviting community members—of all ages and abilities—to participate in the work. Off island, DTY has performed in the Women In Motion series at NYC's TheaterLab, at NYC's Triskelion Arts Center, at NACHMO Boston, and at universities in Ohio, New York, and throughout New England.
At the heart of DTY is The Yard’s mission to support artists and their instrumentality through paid creative research and residency, public performance, and long-term educational application and community engagement across all ages and cultural populations.