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Dance Festival giving public chance to learn

April 14, 2019

Today is the last day for the Indiana Dance Festival with a roster of master classes offered to the public.

Nine classes offering a variety of styles will start at 10 a.m. and go until 2:30 p.m. Six of the classes will be held at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, the festival’s sponsor, and three will be in the East Rehearsal Room at Arts United Center on Main Street.

Some of the classes available are jazz, African dance, ballet, musical theater, choreographic improvisation and Kathak, an Indian classic style of dance.

Mandie Kolkman, the Dance Collective’s artistic director, advised that participants arrive at 9 a.m. for a 45-minute warmup.

On Saturday afternoon, Shannon Peloza of Warsaw chatted with a friend outside the studio, where her 10-year-old daughter Victoria was taking a hip-hop master class from artist Matt Blevins.

“It’s her third class today,” Peloza said. “She loves it. We look forward to doing more classes here.”

Kolkman explained that the dance festival is not an annual event, but the Dance Collective schedules a special event yearly.

Next April, that event will be a collaboration between the Dance Collective and Embassy Theatre, bringing in the nationally recognized Momix for performances and classes. Kolkman described Momix as contemporary ballet.

“You get to be on the Embassy stage,” Kolkman said.

For more information on the Indiana Dance Festival, including Sunday’s list of classes, go to fwdc.org. Drop-in classes are 50 for three.

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