Fort Wayne Dance Collective was formed in the summer of 1978 when five women met at a modern dance workshop sponsored by the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau. After the workshop, Cathy Craighead, Ranny Levy, Liz Monnier, Krista Schloss and Lisa Tsetse decided to continue the momentum of creative expression by starting a non-profit modern dance organization. Fort Wayne Dance Collective was born.

Today, Fort Wayne Dance Collective continues as a thriving and innovative dance non-profit in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. The organization supports 3 full-time and 1 part-time staff, 35 sub-contracted instructors, over 50 volunteers and in academic year 2016/2017 Fort Wayne Dance Collective served over 46,000 people throughout Northeast Indiana.