Mandie Kolkman is a graduate of Butler University where she performed as a member of the renowned Butler Ballet for four seasons. Originally from New Orleans, Mandie is now a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her extensive dance training began at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. During her youth she was accepted into programs hosted by Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet and was on a scholarship at Houston Ballet leading up to her graduation from high school.
Mandie has choreographed award winning pieces for competitions, festivals, and other art showcases. A true lover of all art forms, Mandie has modeled in several commercial photo shoots and has been featured in national television ads. As a former sports marketer, she has also produced major branding campaigns for professional athletes in the NFL. With arts advocacy always on her mind, Mandie has been successful in generating unique ways to introduce the arts to her community. As the former Event Director of The Philmore on Broadway, Mandie created original community wide events including the Broadway Street Stroll festival, which featured nine bands and eleven venues on the historic Broadway Street in Fort Wayne. She also created a podcast called “Art to Heart” in which she interviewed some of the most distinguished artists in the greater Fort Wayne area.
Mandie started working with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective in 2014 as part of the Touring Company. Over the past few years, she has choreographed for the winter and spring shows, the Choreographer’s Lab and the annual Halloween Show. She was Hermia in the Collective’s immersive theater production of “Lovestruck” and worked as stage manager for “Art Moves”. Mandie recently co-directed the FWDC’s 2016 Halloween Show. As a teacher for the on-site school and outreach programs, Mandie strives to be a catalyst for growth and encourages creative minds through her passion and knowledge of the arts.