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   For the aspiring dancer, the Roots Acro Dance Teams offer the ability to pursue advanced dance techniques and bring those skills to the main stage. In addition to practicing multiple disciplines of dance, our dancers are also able to receive focused instruction in acrobatic skills that can be incorporated into their choreography. These teams travel across Montana and neighboring states to compete with their routines. R.A.D. is the perfect path for the student who takes their love for dance seriously.


2023 Season Accomplishments:


     Katie Thompson, the dance director of the RAD dance teams, epitomizes the spirit of passion and dedication in the world of dance. With a rich history spanning over 30 years, Katie's journey in the dance community has taken her from the scenic landscapes of Maine to the bustling dance scenes of NYC, LA, Seattle, and Portland.

     Having immersed herself in the art of dance, Katie's expertise extends beyond performance and choreography; she has dedicated over 18 years to teaching the art form. Her journey with Roots began in 2018, and since then, she has played a pivotal role in the development and management of programs that foster an environment for students to thrive as dancers.

     Katie's philosophy is a blend of technical precision and the nurturing of creative expression. While she acknowledges the importance of honing technical skills, her true passion lies in creating a safe and encouraging space where students can explore and develop their unique artistic voices. She firmly believes in instilling confidence in her students, empowering them to realize their dreams within the dance realm.

     Beyond her role as the dance director for RAD dance teams and her contributions to the Roots family, Katie has taken her artistic vision a step further. She recently founded her own dance troupe, TOOR, showcasing her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.

     But Katie's talents aren't confined to the dance floor alone. Outside of the world of dance, she is a dedicated yoga instructor, fostering holistic well-being for her students. Her diverse skill set reflects a holistic approach to physical and artistic development. In addition to her professional achievements, Katie is also a loving wife and dog mom. 

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