History and Mission

Founded in the fall of 2011, Bare Bait Dance offers fresh, original, professional dance-works in Montana for Montanans.

Under the direction of Joy French and Kelly Bouma, Bare Bait Dance company aims to:

  • increase the availability of contemporary dance to both the Missoula community as well as rural Montanan communities which are largely under served in the performing arts

  • build an accessibility to dance by producing concerts that speak directly to contemporary western audiences and by fostering more possibilities for dance education both in the public schools and our communities

  • collaborate directly with local artists (filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, directors, actors) to create interdisciplinary dance productions

  • strengthen the Montanan dance community by providing paid performance jobs to highly skilled professional dancers, nurturing their creative work as choreographers, and facilitating opportunities for them to expand as teachers

  • present performers and choreographers from around the region and nation in order to cultivate a richer appreciation for contemporary dance and dance field as a whole