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.

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.
Aug 2017

Fort Wayne Dance Collective presents “Collective Expressions”

Fort Wayne Dance Collective presents first full length, community performance of original works created and performed by the Touring Company and the Pineapple Dance Project. This performance, now titled “Collective Expressions”, occurs annually.
Apr 2019

2019 4th Indiana Dance Festival

In celebration of Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s 40th anniversary, FWDC hosted the 4th Indiana Dance Festival (IDF). The mission of IDF was to provide a diverse population with unique opportunities to experience the cultivation, presentation, discipline, and conservation of dance, movement arts, and health. The three-day community building event represented dance, wellness, and inclusion through classes, performances, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. All events were held on the Arts Campus April 12th, 13th and 14th of 2019. 
Apr 2020

The Embassy and the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Collaborate to Present a Guest Artist for the FWDC Residency Program