The Fort Wayne Dance Collective is pleased to present Fort Wayne Taiko’s Knock on Wood performance Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. The performance will be held at the Allen County Public Library theatre located at the downtown branch at 900 Plaza Drive in Fort Wayne. Admission is $12. For tickets or info, call…

                                                By: Allison Ballard I turned to see him carry it in through the front door. My family was exchanging Christmas presents at my mother’s house. My sweetie had gone out to…

Drummers learn rhythms with sticks using choreographed arm movements and/or while dancing from drum to drum in this ancient Japanese tradition. Previous experience is required. Friday Ages: Teens & Adults Instructor: Allison Ballard Cost: $215 for 21-week semester, $80 for 7-week session, or $12 drop-in.  

                            By: Allison Ballard We don’t know how many times we need to play the song because we don’t know how long it will take all the kids to enter the gym. Often 400-or-so students attend the school assemblies we present and…

By: John Byrne Greetings! What a wonderful time of year as the weather changes and you can feel the holidays just around the corner. We are excited to unveil the new schedule for Winter/Spring 2016! I think you will be delighted to discover the many new options Fort Wayne Dance Collective is offering to enhance…

By: Allison Ballard I hate it when I mess up a song during a performance. I’m not even sure what happens. Sometimes it’s a song I know really, really well and all of a sudden my mind/body does something completely unexpected. Sometimes it’s a newer song that I think I am ready to play, but…

                              By: Allison Ballard In the beginning, was the sound. But its soul mate vibration is what really got my attention. It moved through my body, bounced around the theatre and cascaded down my spine, titillating my entire nervous system as…

              By: Allison Ballard We worked the 45-minute set as a large group over the course of about 1.5 hours during a single rehearsal. That’s all it took. Of course, there were some additional rehearsals of specific songs by specific subgroups of drummers who wanted to work on this…

By: Allison Ballard Sometimes I just do the best I can. I’d like to think that I am sometimes brilliant, but I know that sometimes I’m not even striving to be brilliant…sometimes I just buckle down, white knuckle through and do the best I can. I often feel that way at the end of the…

                            By: Allison Ballard For the last eight days Fort Wayne Taiko has been happily working a taiko marathon. Last week, we taught classes and/or performed at schools every day, sometimes all day long. We performed before various assemblies of 400 to…

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