After a first run in January that saw 6,000 participants, the Vienna International Ballet Experience will return to Missoula next year.
It was the first time the event had been held in Missoula, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre.
The five days' worth of activities included an international dance competition featuring hopefuls from Missoula, the state and around the world; plus a films series, a daylong symposium on the importance of arts in diplomacy; and performances in local public schools.
Charlene Campbell Carey, the VIBE USA executive director and head of the local ballet theatre, said it "exceeded our wildest expectations in terms of attendance and the outpouring of support from the Missoula community and international dance community."
As part of the events, $50,000 worth of scholarships were given out, and six students from Missoula are headed to Austria to compete in VIBE.