Asian American Performing Arts Society / Dance Theatre of Tennessee
2710 Old Lebanon Road
Nashville TN 37214
Dance Theatre of Tennessee in front of the Capitol
Mission Statement

Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT), the non-profit performing arm of (AAPAS), is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded;
          to expose new audiences to the diversity and beauty of dance 
          to provide affordable, accessible professional performances
          to offer superior academy training
          to foster enlightened outreach programs
          to bring eminent national/international artists,                  choreographers, & premiere works to the Mid-state area


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Christopher Mohnani
Board Chair Mr. Jerry Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation Public Affairs Manager, Vanderbilt University
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $205,700.00
Projected Annual Revenue 224200 (2014)

Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT), the non-profit performing arm of (AAPAS), is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded;
          to expose new audiences to the diversity and beauty of dance 
          to provide affordable, accessible professional performances
          to offer superior academy training
          to foster enlightened outreach programs
          to bring eminent national/international artists,                  choreographers, & premiere works to the Mid-state area



Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT)  is the official performance arm of the Asian American Performing Arts Society (AAPAS). Founded in 2004 by Nashville Principal Dancer Christopher Mohnani, AAPAS has been successful in offering the community a unique and enriching approach to their performing arts experience. With the goal of bringing international talent to the Nashville area, past projects have included the Tennessee premiere of International Japanese pianist sensation Hiromi (2005), the Tennessee premiere of Asia’s most prolific ballet company, Ballet Manila (2004, 2006), and the Tennessee premiere of Oscar nominated /Cannes winner for Best Documentary Imelda (2005).

IN 2010 AAPAS launched Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT). DTT is a performing company of up to twenty professional ballet dancers.  DTT's main company and second company perform and work with the pre-professionals and local youth to present classic and contemporary ballets to an audience which might not otherwise be exposed to the beauty of live dance performance. This novel combination allows us to foster arts education within our community while offering optimum performance opportunities for our dancers. DTT premiered its first major production in December of 2009 with its presentation of the Southeast Nashville Mini Nutcracker. From 2010-2012, DTT took its touring "Nutcracker" ballet to stages in four rural Tennessee communities, using local youth dancers and local elected officials in roles in the show to foster community engagement.

DTT has launched a comprehensive outreach program, bringing the beauty and excitement of the performing arts to school children and local audiences. In December of 2009 alone, DTT reached 3,000 children and adults with its performances, story times and classic excerpts. 



In less than 4 years… DTT by the Numbers

5      Renowned Visiting Artists share the stage
Yosvani Ramos, the Australian Ballet
Carolyn Judson & Lucas Priolo, Texas Ballet Theater
Aarolyn Williams & Thomas Mattingly, Ballet West

15      Eminent Choreographers & Repetituers set works
Ma Cong, Tulsa Ballet/National Ballet of China   
Mica Bernas, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company                           
Kathryn McBeth, Atlanta Ballet/Tom Pazik Trust   
Alden Lugnasin, Ballet Philippines
Gener Caringal, Philippine Ballet Theater
Lisa Macuja, Kirov Ballet/Ballet Manila (via S)  Swan Lake
Hazel Sabas Gower, Ballet Memphis/Texas Ballet Theater /Fulbright Scholar  
Stacey Calvert, NYC Ballet/Balanchine Trust  
Kim Nofsinger, Interlochen/MTSU 
Ron DeJesus, Hubbard Street /Twyla Tharp Trust   
Darrell Moultrie, Julliard / Broadway / Alvin Ailey 2 
Jojo Lucila, Chameleon Dance Troupe, Canada
Manuel Molina, Ballet Caracas, Venezuela 
Ric Culalic, Singapore Dance Theatre
Faye Abigail Tan, Atlanta Ballet
Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila
Elaine Thomas, Royal Ballet 

25  Non-Profit and Arts Organization Partnerships formed including:
Metro Parks
Tennessee School for the Blind                           
Franklin Theatre           
Pencil Foundation                                                
Metro Arts
Arts and Business Council of Nashville
Room In the Inn                                                  
Murfreesboro Symphony
ReadMe Foundation                                            
Nashville Shakespeare Festival
Big Brother/Big Sisters of Middle TN                
Mending Hearts
TN Governor’s School for the Arts                     
smARTS Partners
Fifty Forward Senior Center                                
Humane Association
22 Professional Ballet Artists 
67 Professional Performances
150+ growing Academy students
60     Schools served by DTT’s Outreach Program

20,000+ Students reached through DTT’s Outreach Programs

30,000+ People experienced DTT’s Professional Performance

In order to fully realize its goals for this fiscal year, Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s seeks:

1.       Funds to support our efforts in presenting our productions and performances for the community during our upcoming performance season. $10,000++  

2.       Contributions to DTT’s Adopt an Artist campaign.  $5,000++

3.       Operating cost funds to support our outreach programs and visiting choreographers and master class teachers.  $5,000++

4.       Annual financial management, fund raising and grant development and planning.  $3,000++

5.       Scholarships for promising local youth.  $5,000++

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer


 Dance Theatre of Tennessee, like all non-profit arts organizations, is dependent upon additional support from individuals and corporations for its success. These contributions ensure that our productions and programs continue to reach the widest spectrum of individuals, fulfilling our mission and commitment of bringing the beauty of dance and the magic of ballet to the people.



If you, your company or organization is interested in becoming one of our partners, please contact us at 615-391-5500 or email us at and we will make sure that we put to good use the gifts that you have generously given us.


AAPAS dba Dance Theatre of Tennessee is a federally registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Dance
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Dance Theatre of Tennessee serves Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Marshall, Maury, Perry, Rutherford, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties in the Middle Tennessee area.
Board Chair Statement Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT), the non-profit performing arm of (AAPAS), is ballet for the people. Since its inception in 2004, thousands of people in the greater Middle Tennessee region have been exposed to the exciting word of live dance, specifically ballet, that would have never had the opportunity to otherwise experience.

DTT exposes the greater Middle Tennessee community by providing live performances in local communities, as well as to children and educators in need of new ways to showcase the beauty of dance and lessons of art.

The board of directors is committed to providing a solid foundation of growth and direction to DTT through community partnerships and a solid financial structure and governance. With a diverse background, the board of directors is focused on strategic planning, long term fundraising and its guiding principal to continue to bring the wonderful world of dance and ballet to a new audience.
Jerry Jones
Board President 
CEO Statement

Another year, another set of performances and more opportunities to share our passion and art to you! 2013 has certainly been a fantastic and wonderful ride for all of us at Dance Theatre of Tennessee. Our 4th performance season gave us the opportunity to present an expanded Ballet in the Park. It was a real treat to see the community embracing live classical dance and experience the beauty of ballet in a public setting for two wonderful weeks. Our 4th annual touring performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” is a continued success. This allowed 5 cities in 4 different counties around Middle Tennessee an opportunity to start their own holiday tradition. Our winter and spring performance series that you are about to see promises to offer the same Dance Theatre of Tennessee trademark offering a great combination of classical art with a contemporary edge.

Our Winter Series titled “East Meets West,” offers the perfect post-valentine celebration with a diverse and eclectic line-up of some of the most celebrated Asian choreographers in the world. Offering their take on a predominantly Western Art form (ballet), the evening will feature romantic duets, forceful statements, and indigenous vignettes. I am very excited to be able to share five different ballets that will allow the audience to have a glimpse of the Asian culture. It is also exciting for me to see DTT artists fully embrace the challenge of having to adapt and embrace a totally different type of movement and vocabulary.

Our 4th season will draw to a close with our Story Book Series featuring the Nashville premier of Alan Hineline’s “Hansel and Gretel.” This ballet follows the classic fairy tale and adventures of Hansel and Gretel. Hungry and lost in the forest, they stumble upon a house made of confections. They find themselves welcomed by a witch whose keen interest in them has a sinister motive. With sets by New York City based designer Lewis Folden and costumes by Betty Smith, Hansel & Gretel is wholesome family entertainment filled with a multitude of choreographic twists and turns. Also included in this evening is “Paquita Grand Pas Classique.” With Spanish flair and bravura, this technically demanding piece is a major cornerstone of the traditional ballet repertory and has been staged by ballet companies throughout the world.

As we get ready for our 2014-15 and 5th season, I want to highlight several milestones that DTT have been fortunate to reach. In less than 4 years, DTT by the numbers:

• 14,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility with 5 dance studios

• 15 Eminent Choreographers

• 5 Visiting International Artists

• 22 Professional Artists

• 67 Professional Performances

• 150+ growing Academy students taking classes annually

• 25+ Art and Area Non-Profit Partnerships

• 1,000+ attend Academy at Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s annual student showcase

• 30,000+ reached through Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s professional and community performances

• 20,000+ Middle Tennessee students touched by Dance Theatre of Tennessee Outreach Programs

I am certainly proud of our past and very excited for the future. I hope you can join us in our passion of bringing the beauty of dance and magic of ballet to the people for many years to come.

Come join us! 

Christopher Mohnani
Artistic and Managing Director 

Dance Theatre of Tennessee invites the mid-state community to celebrate the diversity of the arts through its 2014/2015 lineup. DTT Artistic Director Christopher Mohnani announces “the upcoming season will hold something for everyone with its rich offering of professional performances.”

The season will commence with the annual “Ballet in the Park." In partnership with the Metro Parks, Dance Theatre of Tennessee ushers in Artober, Nashville’s citywide and month long art celebration with a presentation of classical ballet outdoors. Having the Centennial Park as the background, DTT hopes to further enrich the community’s appreciation for dance and ballet by making it accessible and up-close. 

As the holidays draw closer, DTT will delight audiences throughout Middle Tennessee with its charming full version tour of “The Nutcracker”. Children and adults alike will enjoy this timeless classic as Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings this beautiful production to a city near you.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, DTT will welcome 2015 with an exciting mixed repertoire program that will surely cater to every dance taste in town. A crowd and critic favorite, DTT's winter series repertoire will include some premieres that will surely have the community buzzing and talking.

The season will draw to a close with our Story Book Series featuring another well loved fairy tale story. The Story Book series allows DTT to present full-length classics that are rarely seen in Nashville and surrounding areas. Following the success of "Cinderella" and "Coppelia - The Girl with Enamel Eyes," DTT's Story Book Spring series will surely excite the young and the young at heart


Budget 51250
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Adults

"Ballet in the Park" was launched in 2012 to fill the void of offering classical dance in an outdoor setting in the heart of Nashville. The city already experiences classical music and classical theater in a park setting and now through DTT's Ballet in the Park, classical dance is also an option. With its mission of "bringing ballet to the people," DTT offers ugh quality performance in an unconventional theater making ballet accessible and relatable. Ballet in the Park allows the community to experience ballet up-close and according to their own terms.  

Budget 25000
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Dance Theatre of Tennessee is the official home of The Academy at Dance Theatre of Tennessee. The Academy at Dance Theatre of Tennessee is a progressive arts studio located in the heart of the historic Donelson/Hermitage/Opryland area of Nashville. It offers world-class instructors, numerous performance opportunities, and a warm, nurturing environment for its students.

The Academy offers classes from ages two to adult. 


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With recent studies indicating that 20 percent or more of all children feel threatened at some point during the school day, it's not surprising that playground bullying is high on elementary educators' lists of concerns. Dance Theatre of Tennessee is offering a creative solution: dance.

The “Ugly-Duckling” Anti-Bullying Program is a performance workshop where students and company dancers work together to create lifelike scenarios of everyday school life using discussion and creative choreography.

The program, patterned after the highly successful, award winning program by Ballet Nouveau in Colorado, utilizes best practices from the anti-bullying field and provides schools with an artistic method of assisting students in creating a caring community. Teachers begin by leading their students in activities provided by DTT that emphasize the concepts of respect, empathy, and teamwork. Students are then presented a live performance of the “Ugly-Duckling” performed by members of DTT’s professional company.

The show, "a delightful romp through 1980’s pop culture" takes the classic story and presents it in modern time featuring the Ugly Duckling attending school. Following the performance, key scenes are re-enacted to show students how one or two brave people can create a caring community and end bullying.

Dance Theatre of Tennessee is proud to team the beauty and drama of performance art with important messages for local youth. In our first annual performance workshop we will visit area schools confronting the serious issue of bullying. With this production, DTT presents a valuable lesson in an approachable and entertaining way. 

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The arts serve as a critical component to a complete education and are proven to increase student academic achievement.

For many of our community youth and children, schools serve as the major provider of formalized arts instruction. DTT aim to supplement and provide arts development and instruction to the school children in our community.

Children need the opportunity to learn by experience and our Outreach Programs offers them a wide variety of experiences. 


DTT has launched a comprehensive outreach program, bringing the beauty and excitement of the performing arts to school children and local audiences. 

We look forward to further serving our community through our instructional performance workshops.

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
CEO Comments

Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT) is the performing arm of Asian American Performing Arts Society (AAPAS), a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

Our mission is to educate and expose the local community to the beauty, richness, and diversity of the performing arts. DTT offers world-class performances, facilitates the exchange of performance artists from around the world, and trains local youth in both the art of dance and performance theater.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jerry Jones
Company Affiliation Public Affairs Manager, Vanderbilt University
Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2016
Board Members
Ms. Sheila Calloway Magistrate, Juvenile Court of Metropolitan NashvilleVoting
Mr. Jonathan Camcam Director, Festival of NationsVoting
Mr. Wesley Collier Senior Accountant, Puryear, Hamilton, Hausman and Wood PLCVoting
Mr. Matt Fisher Commissioner, Metro Nashville Arts Commission / Owner, Picture This Art GalleryVoting
Mr. Michael Fluck Director, Brand and Retail Marketing, US and Canada Tire Sales Division, Bridgestone America's Tire OperationsVoting
Ms. Lana Handle Cracker BarrellVoting
Mr. Jerry Jones Public Affairs Manager, Vanderbilt / Publisher, Out and About NewspaperVoting
Mr. David Lazarus Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Lisa Macuja - Elizalde Artistic Director, Ballet ManilaVoting
Mr. James McNamara Public Defender, Metropolitan Nashville GovernmentVoting
Mr. Christopher Mohnani DTT Artistic DirectorVoting
Ms. Tracy Purcell Director of Member Services, TennCareVoting
Ms. Linda Rose Esq.Attorney, Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLCVoting
Mr. Brian Williamson Performing Artist, Choreographer, and InstructorExofficio
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 4
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. James McNamara
Company Affiliation Public Defender, Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County
Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2016
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members
Ms. Maniya Barredo Artistic Director, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
Ms. Vali Forrester Artistic Director, Actors Bridge Ensemble
Ms. Denice Hicks Artistic Director, Nashville Shakespeare Festival
Mr. Rick Seay Dean, Montgomery Bell Academy
CEO Comments There is a need to continually educate and motivate the Board in order for them to help steer the vision forward. Dance Theatre of Tennessee seeks the help of the Center for Non-Profit Management to annually provide workshops and seminars as well as retreats to make sure that the Board is trained and their skills sharpened.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Christopher Mohnani
Term Start 2004
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 54
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Aug 2013
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Tennesseans for the Arts2014
Americans for the Arts2014
Nashville Arts Coalition2014
Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce2014
Best Dance Series - Ballet in the ParkNashville Scene2013
Leader in Performing ArtsNashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce2013
40 Under 40 - DTT Artistic Director Christopher MohnaniNashville Business Journal2013
Nashville Emerging Leader Award for Arts and EntertainmentNashville Chamber of Commerce2013
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $224,200.00
Projected Expenses $205,700.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$188,578$94,895$59,581
Administration Expense$5,884$21,998$16,030
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.201.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%81%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$47,153$41,522$17,673
Current Assets$47,153$7,849$73
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$47,153$41,522$17,673
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $96,002Contributions and Gifts $68,689Contributions, Gifts and Grants $56,910
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $61,660Program Service Revenue $57,053Program Service Revenue $36,322
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $36,800Foundations and Corporations $15,000 --
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2014
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 2014
Organization Comments Dance Theatre of Tennessee growth in just 4 years is tremendous. However almost all of that is due to government grants and contributions. In order to continue a sustainable program, Dance Theatre of Tennessee needs to implement a strategic fundraising campaign starting with small events and culminating to a major fundraising event. Having an annual fundraising event will allow DTT's Board, Staff and Supporters to work hard in ensuring a steady flow of revenue year after year. This will aid in making sure that Dance Theatre of Tennessee is not solely dependent on State and Metro funds which can fluctuate from year to year. Having a steady stream of revenue will allow DTT to either continue or expand its programming and allow for an increase in admission and ticket revenues. Financial Comments
2011 and 2012 financial data taken from Form 990EZ. Detailed breakdowns of revenues and expenses are not provided in this document. Any foundation or corporate contributions will be included in Individual Donations sum, as these figures are not separated in this document.
Prior to 2010 this organization filed a Form 990-N which does not provide financial information. Small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are $25,000 or less are required to submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete 990 or 990-EZ.
Comments provided by Beth Groves 3/2013
Nonprofit Asian American Performing Arts Society / Dance Theatre of Tennessee
Address 2710 Old Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37214
Primary Phone (615) 391-5500
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Christopher Mohnani
Board Chair Mr. Jerry Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation Public Affairs Manager, Vanderbilt University
Year of Incorporation 2004

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