The Company

The Company

Codi Briscoe's passion for dance was sparked by watching her mother perform and teach ballet. Codi danced throughout childhood with her local dance studio based in Pendleton, OR. The studio performed at national and world competitions. She has recently graduated from The University of Montana with a BS in exercise science and a minor in dance, and currently applying to physical therapy graduate school. During BBD's 7th season, Codi was selected as the co-director assistant internship. She's thrilled to be continuing with BBD this year as a fully company member!

Kaitlin Kinsley was born and raised in a suburb of The Big Apple and started dancing when she was five years old. She discovered her true love for the west while attending the University of Montana. She received a BA in Dance from UM in 2013. Now entering her 21st year of dancing, she is honored to be dancing with BBD for her 4th season. Kaitlin also proudly teaches Dance Integration for SPARK!.

Tara McFarland was born in Salmon, Idaho and started dancing at the age of 3. She has a Bachelors of Science in Dance from the University of Idaho and a Master's of Science in Dance Science from City University of London (Laban). She teaches jazz and ballet at the Downtown Dance Collective and On Center Performing Arts. She has danced professionally in Denver and Seattle with Louder Than Words Dancetheatre, Evolving Doors Dance, Relay Dance Collective, and as a guest with 3rd Law Dance/Theatre. She is delighted to join Bare Bait for their 7th season and share her love of dance with Montana.


Allison (Herther) McKinney was born and raised in South Dakota where she first began her early dance training in a variety of forms. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. In previous years she has danced for Headwaters Dance Company, The CoMotion Dance Project, and Bare Bait Dance. She is thrilled to be dancing with Bare Bait once again!

Jessica Shontz has been in love with dance since before her first memories. Class and performances are where she finds her zen, so she's reveling in her sixth season with BBD. Jess has been fortunate to call Montana home for her entire life, and she wishes to give BBD her eternal gratitude for spreading dance in Missoula. She has trained in Ballet and Modern for over 21 years, and has a BFA in Dance from the University of Montana.