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Joy French

In some arts scenes, in some cities, competition and the jealousy it breeds can be destructive. Within the Missoula dance community, competition has been replaced by collaboration, and never is that more apparent than in the generous contributions of Joy French. As the founder and artistic director of Bare Bait Dance, she brings a full schedule of contemporary dance concerts to the community, while cultivating the individual talent of those who comprise her homegrown company. In addition, French dances with Missoula’s other modern dance company, Headwaters, directed by Amy Ragsdale, as well as the educational outreach outfit directed by Karen Kauffman, CoMotion Dance Project. French doesn’t just limit her efforts to the stage—she also organizes the annual Kinetoscope film festival at the Roxy featuring international films uniting dance and cinema. If there’s something happening in dance in Missoula, French is more than likely behind the effort, and striving to bring the art form to new and exciting levels. Joy Frenchbarebaitdance.org

Finalists, Best Dancer

2. Heather Adamsddcmontana.com

3. Kali Lindneroulafitness.com


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