The Directors

The Directors

Co-Director and Bare Bait Dance Founder:

Joy French

Joy French is a dancer, choreographer, videographer and producer. After earning her MFA in Performance and Choreography at the University of Colorado Boulder, Joy moved to Missoula, MT and in 2011 founded Bare Bait Dance (BBD) - currently Montana's only professional contemporary dance company.  Joy created BBD to be a home for dancers in the region and to produce nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. In addition to BBD, Joy is on faculty at The University of Montana, teaches in Missoula high school's through BBD's Montana MoDE (Model Dance Educator) program and has been performing professionally with Headwaters Dance Co. and the CoMotion Dance Project. Beyond Montana, Joy has taught and creatively collaborated with Bellingham Repertory Dance, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, and Ursinus College.



Kelly Bouma

Kelly Bouma is a performance artist based in Missoula, MT. Originally from the Chicago area, Kelly has worked on TV, film and theater projects in New York, London and Chicago before moving out west to Jackson, WY. There she became a company member of Off Square Theatre Company, both performing and teaching with guest artists from all over the world. Inspired by the Rockies and the mountain-town lifestyle, Kelly completed her MFA in Acting at the University of Montana where she continues to teach Acting and Physical Performance.