The only winner this category has ever known has a funny response when hearing that she’s won again: “Well, thank you, but that’s just not possible.” The humble founder and executive director of the Downtown Dance Collective explains her reaction a couple different ways. First, she says it’s sorta odd to refer to anyone as “best” within a particular art form. Plus, she’s certain that even if you could quantify such a thing, she’s not the best dancer. No, Adams is probably better described as Missoula’s best ambassador of dance. She teaches at and runs the DDC, which is a hub for so much of the area’s dancers. She also choreographs throughout the year for MCT, The Nutcracker
and the University of Montana. Adams may not feel she’s the best dancer, strictly speaking, but she’s done so much for dance within the community that she’s certainly deserving, once again, of this honor.
Finalists, Best Dancer
2. Joy French
3. Kali Lindner