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).  Joy created BBD to be a home for dancers in the region and to produce nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and their work. 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.  



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 mountains and lifestyle of the Rockies, Kelly completed her MFA in Acting at the University of Montana where she continues to teach Acting and Physical Performance.