Enrich and inspire the minds and spirits of our community of dancers and audience members alike


Present the highest caliber dance performances, offer the finest quality training, and provide meaningful access to the arts

For over 30 years, the Montana Ballet Company has enchanted audiences with its exceptional productions. From full-length classics, to contemporary ballet and modern dance, our company presents works that appeal to both the dance enthusiast and the first-time theatergoer. Come experience the magic that is the Montana Ballet.


Montana Ballet Company Ann Bates
Founding Director Ann Bates with Student

The Montana Ballet Company (MBC) has enriched Bozeman and the Greater Gallatin Valley since its inception in 1984, bringing the fine art of live dance in collaboration with world renowned professional dancers, musicians, conductors, film makers, composers, and set designers, to our community.

The Company and early school were founded by the late Ann Bates, who served as Artistic Director until 1997. Ms. Bates believed that “Nowhere else in the rural west is there a small dance company with our big company goals.” The Montana Ballet has achieved many of these “big goals” in its vibrant history presenting seasons showcasing both original productions and international guest companies. Past seasons have included our annual Nutcracker in collaboration with the Bozeman Symphony, Spring Mixed Repertory programs, and full-length classical works, performances during Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts weekend, as well as our annual Summer Dance Intensives, New York Connection and Dancing Under The Big Sky.

MBC’s repertory is rich and diverse including timeless classical ballets, as well as original contemporary and modern works.

MBC has enriched the training of our student and professional dancers, as well as Bozeman audiences, through performance collaborations and guest residencies with artists from New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Stars of Moscow, Smuin Ballet, Terminus Modern Ballet Theater, White Tree Fine Art, Festival Ballet Providence, International Import from Buenos Aires, Tangokinesis, Jose Greco II Flamenco, Brigham Young University’s International Dancer’s Company, Grammy winner Patrick Leonard, Emmy winner Jen Grace,

American contemporary classical composer and conductor Eric Funk, the Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera, MSU Cello Ensemble, Meritage String Quartet, Kamerata String Quartet, guitarist Craig Hall, cellist Julia Cory, soprano Catherine Savery, Grammy-winning saxophonist Ryan Montana, vocalist Courtney Yovich, pianist Stefan Stern, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and countless other individuals and organizations.

Under the direction of Elizabeth DeFanti and Amy Lynn Stoddart, MBC has grown to include professional company members and a full support staff. In 2010, under DeFanti’s leadership, MBC re-established its ballet school under its non-profit umbrella. The Montana Ballet Company’s Academy trains young dancers in the fine art of classical dance with a humanistic approach. MBC’s Educational Outreach programs in community schools expose children of all ages to the art of dance and power of creative arts through lecture demonstration performances and experiential workshops.

Throughout the years, MBC has also provided our community’s schools with Discover Dance programs giving thousands of children in the Greater Gallatin Valley the opportunity to experience the wonder of live performances.

With the generous support of business, individual, foundation, and government sponsors, the Montana Ballet Company remains passionate in realizing its mission and vision “to present the highest caliber dance performances, to offer the finest quality dance training, to provide meaningful access to the arts, and to enrich and inspire the minds and spirits of our community of dancers and audience members alike.”

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Advisory Board

Winthrop Corey
Linda Gipp
Laura Opstedal
Lorraine Padden

Our staff

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