CONNECTIONS 2024: ABT Studio Company

Montana Ballet brings rising ballet stars to Bozeman April 19

On Stage

Montana Ballet Company (MBC) brings a high-powered, one-night-only concert to Bozeman. CONNECTIONS 2024 – featuring the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company – comes to Willson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Known By Heart Duet, choreography by Twyla Tharp, features Kotomi Yamada and Jake Roxander.Photo © Carlos Quezeda

“From the opening pose and throughout this movement there was passion and professionalism … these performers are the next generation of ballet dancers, blossoming before our eyes,” lauds Broadway World.

The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company is made up of 12 to 18 rising stars of the ballet world who will perform masterworks of the classical and neoclassical canons alongside contemporary works. The group commissions a wide variety of choreographers to create new, custom ballets on the dancers each season, with a special focus on female choreographers.


“The mood is buoyant, open, vibrant and cheeky,” writes The London Times, and The New York Times says “the young dancers create a stage world of chivalry, etiquette, good humor.”

The highly mobile ABT Studio Company serves as an ambassador for American Ballet Theatre by touring to venues large and small. In recent years, the ABT Studio Company has performed internationally in London, Athens, Manila, Hong Kong and St. Petersburg, and in a wide variety of U.S. performing arts centers, college campuses, festivals and galas.

“MBC looks forward to welcoming the company to Bozeman,” says the company’s Artistic and Executive Director Elizabeth DeFanti. “CONNECTIONS 2024 will captivate its audiences once again with impressive professional artistry and talent.”

DeFanti created CONNECTIONS in 2019 to provide an opportunity for Montana Ballet Company and its audiences to “connect” with the larger national and international dance community.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Montana Ballet Company at 406-582-8702 or visit Montana Ballet Company. Ticket prices range from $30-$85; all seating is reserved.

This marks the final concert of MBC’s stellar season of quality performances that continue to enchant Montana audiences with new and updated artistry of dance, choreography, music and design.