UM Children's Dance Classes

COVID-19 Notification

UM Children's Dance will be following all CDC guidelines for safe contact with young children for each session of the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Detailed info will be provided to each guardian at the first class session. UM requires mask use in all its indoor spaces regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.


Each semester, the UM Dance Program offers children’s dance classes for the community. UM students earn credit for participating as student teachers.  

Children ages 3½ - 6 are invited to explore classes in creative movement. Our training program provides opportunities for children to express their inherent creativity through their bodies. Children are also exposed to the various elements of movement, learning how their bodies move within different spatial, time, and qualitative structures. UM’s creative movement classes serve as an excellent introduction to dance for all children.

**Our class for children ages 7-10 has been put on hiatus until further notice due to consistent low enrollment. UM Dance encourages  guardians to seek out dance training for children in this age group at one of Missoula's local dance studios.**

For information, please contact instructor

Spring 2022 Schedule

Registration for Spring Sessions are OPEN!

SPRING SEMESTER SESSION ONE: January 27-March 3 (6 weeks)
March 10-April 21 (6 weeks; NO CLASS MARCH 24)

Classes Offered:

Creative Movement I for ages 3½ - 4 on Thursdays from 4:00-4:30pm

Creative Movement II for ages 5 - 6 on Thursdays from 4:45-5:30pm

About Our Classes

UM dance, theatre, and education students enroll as student teachers to assist in the classes. The class is an opportunity for your child to be immersed in dance, and also a chance for our students to train to be teachers. The student teachers will plan lessons, which are previewed by instructor Laurel Sears, and teach two partial lessons and one full lesson each. UM Children's Dance is a place for everyone to grow together, create community, learn, and make meaning from motion.

Our instructor, Laurel Sears, has been dancing, choreographing, and performing in and out of Montana for almost 20 years. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Montana. Laurel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University, where she taught multiple college-level classes, created socially engaged performance pieces, and published a professional paper on creating collaborative performance works. As a UM alum, Laurel is thrilled to be back in PARTV connecting to the Missoula community through dance.

As students progress through the class levels, our objectives for their training develop and expand. Each class builds on the skills and experiences developed in the previous class. In upper-level classes, students begin creating their own choreography and learn more complex movement sequences.

The last day of each session will be a normal class--due to precautions against the pandemic, Sharing Day is temporarily suspended.

Where We Are

Classes are held in the UM Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center (PARTV).  Travel east on Sixth Street to campus; the PARTV Center is the tall brick building on the right. Park in front of the building, or in the parking lot on the left. Enter doors facing the parking lot and go down the stairs, through the door, and to the left. Temporary parking passes will be available for purchase (currently, $8 for each six-week session--the cost to us).  You are not required to purchase a parking pass. However, please know that parking is monitored until 5:00pm.

Guardians may watch from inside the studio the first day of classes. After the first day, the studio door will be closed during class to eliminate noise and distractions for our students, teachers, and musician. Guardians may watch from the windows outside PARTV. Guardians who wish to wait inside during class are welcome to wait in the PARTV Lobby. Please note that the MMAC galleries, located in the Lobby, are open to the public until 6P. UM requires mask use in all its indoor spaces regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.


Tuition is $50 per student per session plus a $10 administrative fee per student per academic year. If your student takes class both sessions this fall, there is only one $10 administrative fee. There is a 10% sibling discount. There is a $10 discount to parents/guardians who are UM employees. Tuition usually must be paid by the SECOND class session (your student can try the first class for free!):

  • Online payments may be made using VISA, MasterCard, or Discover--currenly, payment processing works best when using Safari as your browser
  • Cash or check payments (checks made to "UM Theatre & Dance") may be made at the first class
  • We are currently NOT able to process credit cards in person

Please email with questions.