About GCB

Garden City Ballet is not a typical ballet company… we do not operate a dance school, offer a year-round season, or perform with a live orchestra.

Our nonprofit organization is truly unique — with an average cast size of more than 100 local dancers, hired professional guests performing the lead roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, a dedicated volunteer board, one paid employee, a rotating artistic team of independent contractors, generous donors, and countless volunteer parents, we proudly bring The Nutcracker to life — year after year!

We serve our children and the Missoula community by: 

  • Honoring the traditions of classical ballet
  • Fostering inclusiveness in the local dance community
  • Operating fairly, transparently, and responsibly
  • Building meaningful relationships
  • Promoting mutual respect 
  • Creating a fun, supportive work environment
  • Learning and growing as a professional, nonprofit organization


Photo L to R: Cari Follett, Charlotte Nelson, Molly Boyle, Travis Munden, Jayme Parker, Kerry Haney, Jenna Blakely, Elizabeth Arrigali.

2023 Board of Directors
Elizabeth Arrigali
Jenna Blakely
Molly Boyle
Cari Follett
Kerry Haney, President
Travis Munden
Charlotte Nelson, Treasurer
Jayme Parker
Brandy Reinhardt
Dana Watts, Secretary

Executive Director – Caroline Kurz

Legal Advisor – Elizabeth Erickson

Financial Advisor – Josh Eder, CFP®

Interested in board service?
The GCB board is always recruiting new members — from our pool of current and former Nutcracker parents, alumni dancers, and the greater Missoula community. Elections are held in July. Email info@gardencityballet.org and we’ll be happy to tell you more!

What is expected of board members?
Board service is very different from volunteering for The Nutcracker production — the focus of board work is on governance, finance, fundraising, and strategic planning.

What experience is required?
Board members ideally (but not necessarily!) have prior experience serving on a nonprofit board — most important, however, is that you enjoy working collaboratively, believe in GCB’s mission, and have a desire to pay it forward with what you have, know, or are able to access.