Faculty and Staff

Nicole Bradley Browning

Professor of Dance / Head of Dance


Personal Summary

Nicole Bradley Browning is a dance artist and educator based in Missoula, Montana, where she heads the Dance Program at the University of Montana. She has performed, improvised, presented choreography and taught throughout the US and in Taiwan. Significant inspiration for Nicole’s work comes from her experience working with great dance masters including Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, Kim Epifano, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh and the late Danna Frangione. She is interested in making dances reflective of the human experience, relationships and intimate contact between people and place, and finds great inspiration in building collaborative engagements between dance and other disciplines albeit music, media, poetry, theatre or science. Nicole specializes in contemporary modern dance, contact improvisation, improvisation and composition. At the University of Montana, where she serves as a professor of dance, she also offers a course in World Dance studies. Following the completion of her MFA at Arizona State University, Nicole held faculty positions at Bucknell University (PA) and Dance Place (DC). She has also taught for the National Dance Association of the Republic of China, Taiwan as well as for the Global Dance Summit hosted at Taipei National University of the Arts. Her co-authored article, “Taiwan’s Female Choreographers: A Generation in Transition” was published in the 2012 book, Identity and Diversity: Celebrating Dance in Taiwan. Nicole has served as a member of the board of the American College Dance Festival Association (2007-2013), and has been a recipient of grants from Dance USA and the NEA.


MFA, Arizona State University, 2000