UM Dance Days

Kaitlin, BA 2009



The UM Dance Program hosts UM Dance Days each February. We are thrilled to welcome students from regional dance studios and two-year colleges to UM's main campus for two days of dance!

The event is an opportunity for participants to take classes, meet dance majors and faculty, and attend a university-sponsored dance concert. Students are also given a tour of our beautiful facilities and provided opportunities to learn more about the UM Dance Program.

Please contact us if you have questions regarding dancers' recommended skill level.

For more information about UM Dance Days, please contact Heidi Jones Eggert (


Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3


All classes meet in PARTV 005 unless otherwise noted


9:00-9:15       Welcome and introductions of Faculty/Staff

9:15-10:30     Contemporary Modern Technique with Heidi Jones Eggert  

10:45-11:45   African Dance with Tarn Ream    

11:45-12:30    Lunch provided by UM Dance       

optional:   - Admissions Advisors available in  PARTV lobby  

            - Self guided campus tour­‐guided-­‐tour.pdf

            - Formal Welcome to UM Dance Days/Thespian participants from CVPA Dean, Stephen Kalm: Montana Theatre    

12:45-2:00   Ballet with Lindsey Schwickert OR Jazz with Joy French    

2:15-3:15     Hip-hop with Tsiambwom Akuchu

3:30-4:00     Roundtable discussion and snacks with UM dance majors and faculty      

Dinner  on  own    

The highly celebrated ACDA Benefit Concert is the culmination of day one and begins at 7:30pm.

The American College Dance Association (ACDA) Benefit Concert helps UM Dance students fundraise to attend the annual northwest conference of ACDA.  This concert features choreography selected to be performed at ACDA in March 2018.


9:00-9:45  Warm up dance class with Nicole Bradley Browning

9:45-12:30  Auditions* and scholarship review** for students who wish to enroll as a Dance Major at UM

*Audition Information: Auditions include current UM students auditioning to formally become dance majors. We will offer a warm-up class before auditions begin. After warm-up, students will be taught phrasework in Ballet, Contemporary Dance, and Jazz.  Dancers will also present a one-minute solo of their own choreography, in a genre in which they feel most comfortable.  Students are asked to bring a one-page letter describing their dance background and why they hope to become a dance major at the University of Montana. Please visit Becoming a Dance Major for complete audition information.

**for additional scholarship information and to apply for scholarships, please visit our scholarship information page

For questions about the audition process, or any part of UM Dance Days, please contact Heidi Jones Eggert at



Registration for UM Dance Days:

For registration cost information, or to register students from your school, please complete the UM Dance Day Registration Form.

Registration is due by February 1, and registration fees are due by first day of event.  



For information about our Dance Faculty, please see our Faculty Page

For a campus map and hotel information, please see the UM Admissions page here.

Should you be interested in an overnight stay at one of the hotels listed on the link above, please contact us to see if there is a UM rate that may apply. 

For a Missoula map, please click here.

The Dance Program in the PARTV Center on UM Campus is easy to find! From I-90, take the Van Buren exit and follow the signs to UM. As you go over the bridge, stay in the left lane and turn left at the light at 6th Street. This takes you one block to campus; the PARTV Center is the tall brick building on your right and you can park in the lot in front of the building. As you enter the building, go down the stairs to reach the dance studios.

If you need an absence letter for your school, or a parking pass prior to your arrival, please email and one will be mailed to you. Parking passes will also be available on the day of the event.

We would love to recommend hotels, dining options, or things to do in Missoula. Just contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have!

For more information about UM Dance Days, please contact Heidi Jones Eggert (