The Vienna International Ballet Experience USA is returning to Missoula January 10-17th, 2017.  This year’s theme is “The State of the Heart” which is dedicated to deepening human connections through art. VIBE USA is a 5-day international event which includes a dance challenge, diplomacy conference with workshops and a film festival.  The week’s events conclude in the VIBE USA Gala finale on January 14th, at The Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula.

VIBE USA 2017 public events:

Welcome Events

Montgomery Distillery: January 10th – VIBE participants from Africa will share rich stories and art from South Africa, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. 5pm


Governor’s Room at the Florence Hotel: January 10th – The Missoula Youth Symphony and the Missoula Writing Collaborative will come together to share music and writing inspired by “The State of the Heart.” 6pm


Top Hat Lounge: January 10th -kick up your heels and welcome international guests with a good ol’ fashioned Square Dance. 5-8pm

Vibe USA 2017

Film Festival

Jumping Frames Film Festival: January 13th – Settle in for a day of films from around the world.  Raymond Wong will hosts with curated films offering new ideas and experimental ground for choreographers and dancers.


Strike A Pose: January 12th – The Montana premiere of “Strike A Pose” at the Roxy Theater in downtown Missoula.  The story of Madonna’s featured dancer and partner on the Blond Ambition tour.

Mansfield Diplomacy Conference

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and the Montana World Affairs Council are pleased to present the second annual Art of Diplomacy conference. Once again the Art of Diplomacy will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) in Missoula, MT and feature experts in foreign policy, culture and history as well as internationally renowned artists for a unique Mansfield Center conference that blends world class discussions and performances. January 12-13th

2017 Special Events

A Brave New World: The story, friendship and art of Malvina Hoffman and Anna Pavlova.  The traveling exhibition of sculptor and author Malvina Hoffman.  January 10-14th. 

VIBE USA Dance Challenge

University of Montana -The Vienna International Ballet Experience is open to professional and amateur dancers and students from all around the world and offers workshops, stage experience and a cultural program beside the competition itself. Ages 6 to adult will compete in several categories throughout  VIBE USA 2017.   January 10-14th

VIBE 2017 Gala Finale

January 14th – The Wilma Theater, Join Rocky Mountain Ballet and the visitors from around the world to the finale performance during the Vienna International Ballet Experience in Missoula. Winners of the VIBE USA Dance Challenge taking place throughout the week perform on stage at the historic Wilma Theater.