Originally from Bristol, Tennessee, Traves Began his dance career at Virginia Intermont College where he graduated in 1991 with a BSW and concentration in dance. After college, Traves studied at the Hartford Conservatory where he was a company member of Sonia Plumb Dance Company. He also worked with members of Pilobolus and Momix. Following this training, he performed at Jacob's Pillow with Bludance Theatre and throughout North Carolina with both Greensboro Ballet Company and High Point Ballet Company. In 1999, shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina with a MFA in choreography, Traves founded Butterworth Dance Company and relocated to San Diego.Traves has taught and choreographed at the professional level extensively. In addition to his independent projects, Traves serves as Artistic Director of Butterworth Dance Company and Faculty Member at Mesa College. Over the past decade Traves has presented work in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, California, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and internationally in Mexico.
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