old_FWDCFort 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 2016 Fort Wayne Dance Collective served over 43,000 people throughout Northeast Indiana.

The Beginning
  • Jan 1979

    FWDC is founded.

    Incorporated in January 1979, FWDC began above Artlink, Inc. located at 1126 Broadway in the West-Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne.

  • Mar 1980

    FWDC supports on-site classes

    FWDC supports on-site classes, Guest Artists from New York City and San Francisco and outreach programming

  • Jan 1985

    Indiana Arts Commission Artists-in-Education program

    FWDC was welcomed into the Indiana Arts Commission Artists-in-Education program.

  • Apr 1989

    Guest Artist dance companies

    Began hosting national and international Guest Artist dance companies

  • Oct 1991

    FWDC finds a new home.

    Moved into a newly renovated arts space owned and operated by Arts United. The Fort Wayne Dance Collective still calls this home: the Hall Community Arts Center, located at 437 E. Berry St. in downtown Fort Wayne.

  • Jan 1999

    Arts United

    Became a principal partner of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne

  • Mar 2000

    Fort Wayne Taiko

    Fort Wayne Taiko begins

  • Jan 2005

    “Identity Bridge” Outreach program semifinalist

    “Identity Bridge” Outreach program was chosen as a Coming up Taller semifinalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This selection distinguishes the Fort Wayne Dance Collective “Identity Bridge” as “one of the premier arts and humanities based programs in the country serving youth beyond the school hours.”

  • Apr 2006

    Indiana Dance Festival

    Hosted and produced the first Indiana Dance Festival for dancers throughout the state.

  • Apr 2007

    2nd Indiana Dance Festival

    Hosted and produced the second year of the Indiana Dance Festival.

  • Jan 2008

    30th Anniversary

    Celebrated 30th Anniversary!

  • Apr 2011

    3rd Indiana Dance Festival

    2011 – Hosted and produced the third year of the Indiana Dance Festival with guest artist Hubbard Street 2 from Chicago.

  • Nov 2013

    Launched the Parkview Healing Arts Program

    Parkview Healing Arts, in collaboration with Fort Wayne Dance Collective, integrates literary, movement, music and visual arts into patient care, healthcare facility design and esthetics, the health of the caregivers and the community. In the first 6 months this program was implemented, FWDC served over 2,000 patients, co-workers and community members.

  • Apr 2016

    Launched Dance for Community

    Dance for Community, in partnership with Boys & Girls Club, McMillen Park Community Center, and the Renaissance Pointe YMCA, serves children, youth and teens by providing year-round, after school dance and drumming classes both onsite at FWDC and at each location being served.

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