In-school and after-school residencies provide an opportunity for students from preschool to high school age, introducing them to the performing art of dance. These programs meet Indiana academic standards in all areas including but not limited to: language arts, history, foreign language, geography, math and science.

Fort Wayne Dance Collective can tailor any residency to meet the needs of a particular school. There really are no boundaries to what educational and multi-arts learning can be achieved for students throughout the region.

  • "Dance saves me every single day.”

    – Anonymous SSHS Student

  • “The culture of learning that is created in the dance classroom pushes our students toward success not only in dance, but also leadership, collaboration, perseverance, and grace.”

    –John Houser, Wayne High School Principal, Former Assistant Principal at SSHS

  • “I think the dance class at South Side High School helps girls to see how their bodies can be powerful and to respect themselves. In my opinion, our specific program, defies the stigma that dance puts pressure on girls to be super duper skinny. I saw girls of all sizes putting their everything into the dance performance. Everyone had a part and was equally important no matter their size or shape.”

    –SSHS Teacher

  • “The impact that the South Side High School Dance Program has had on our daughter has been tremendous. Being a member of the dance program has helped her in areas outside of the dance room like the need to be focused, which has helped her in the classroom. This program has also reinforced the need for a healthy body and mind. I am certain that this program has helped her to become a better student and positive member of this community.”

    -Carl and Karen, Parents of a South Side High School student


A few examples of what Fort Wayne Dance Collective Dance for Education residencies have included are:

Career Academy Early Childhood Lab Center: An in-school residency in which preschool and kindergarten students are taught creative movement based on an exploration of body parts, shape, space and locomotion combined with stories and feelings. Young children, such as preschool kids, learn easily through enjoyable activities that encourage hands-on learning or full physical involvement. Dance classes require mental concentration and active participation. Dance and movement activities help children become more aware of their bodies and learn gross motor skills of coordination and control. Increased self-awareness and improved physical skills promote confidence and a raised sense of self-esteem.

Weisser Park Elementary School: A year-long, daily in-school and after-school residency in which a variety of classes are taught to students in first through fifth grade. These classes included: Dance Academy (Creative Movement, jazz, modern, and ballet classes throughout the year), Dancing in the Musical, Dance Troupe (a traveling, performing group of students), and Taiko drumming.

 South Side High School: A year-long, daily, in-school residency in which different ability levels of high school students are taught a range of dance forms and techniques, dance history and terminology. This program is funded by the Parkview Foundation, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Community Schools,  and private donations. This program includes three performances a year to an audience of over 900 people.

Wayne High School: A year-long, daily, in-school residency in which high school students with and without disabilities are taught a range of dance forms and techniques, dance history and terminology. This program is funded by the AWS Foundation, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and private donations. This program includes an annual Spring concert featuring students of all abilities.

Schools currently served within Fort Wayne Community Schools:

  • Career Academy Early Childhood Lab Center
  • Harrison Hill Elementary School (through the Renaissance Pointe YMCA after-school program)
  • Weisser Park Elementary School
  • Lakeside Middle School
  • Memorial Park Middle School
  • Miami Middle School*
  • North Side High School*
  • South Side High School*
  • South Wayne Elementary School
  • Wayne High School*

Schools currently served within East Allen Community Schools:

  • Heritage Elementary & High Schools*
  • New Haven Primary-High Schools*
  • Woodlan Elementary & High Schools*

For More Information Contact: Executive Director, Jarin Hart

*In partnership with FWDC Dance for Disabilities