Fort Wayne Traditional Music & Dance

Welcome to the Fort Wayne Traditional Music & Dance Society

Fort Wayne Contra Dances

Dances are on 3rd Saturdays, September through June. Dances run from 8 to 11 pm, with a Beginner's Workshop at 7:30 pm.

Admission is $9 adults; $6 students; free for children under 12; family maximum $20. Bring a friend to the dance for their first time, and get $4 off admission.

Members $7 adults, $4 students.

Dance Location

We have moved! The dance is now at the Fort Wayne Ballroom Company, 1559 W Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. It's in the Northbrook Village Shopping Center on Crescent Circle, at the southeast corner of Lima and Dupont, next to the Arena Bar & Grill. Plenty of well-lit parking in full view of the dance; several restaurants in the area; easy access to I-69; no stairs!

2019-2020 Dance Dates (3rd Saturdays)

9/21/19

10/19/19

11/16/19

12/21/19

1/18/20

2/15/20

3/28/20 Appleseed Allemande (offsite)

4/18/20

5/16/20

6/20/20

Reminders

  1. The dance floor is  very sensitive to grit and debris...be sure to carry in soft-soled dance shoes, or wear socks. Street shoes are NOT ALLOWED on the dance floor.
  2. You don't need to bring a partner.
  3. Our liability insurance policy does not allow alcohol at the dance.
  4. Wear comfortable clothing for active movement.

Additional Information

About the Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society

We sponsor Contra Dances and Old-Time music jams in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 2008, FWTMDS is a registered nonprofit organization, and is a Group Member of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS).


Membership

Admission fees are not enough to cover the costs of the dance series. Please consider joining FWTMDS as a paid member (forms available at the dance).

FWTMDS is a registered non-profit organization, and memberships are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Code of Conduct

The Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society has adopted a Code of Conduct in order to make our music and dance events safe, fun, and comfortable for all participants. 

Contra Dancing has a longstanding culture of welcoming dancers of all ages and abilities. This culture draws on a tradition of live music; clear and concise teaching; and friendliness towards new dancers. Please help maintain an environment of safety, respect, and consent by following these guidelines:

  • Respect the personal space of other dancers by not dancing too close.
  • Go easy...don't swing too fast for your partner, push, or use too much strength.
  • Don't dip or lift your partner without consent.
  • Pay attention to your partner's cues, avoiding inappropriate touching or unwanted twirls. • Do your best to be kind and welcoming to everyone.
  • Don't come to the dance under the influence of drugs or alcohol...it's no fun for the other dancers, and it will be harder for you to follow dance instructions. Also, it's not safe.
  • Avoid wearing strong perfumes; some dancers are highly sensitive to scents.

If you have any concerns that you are not comfortable addressing yourself, please speak to one of the dance organizers. We reserve the right to refuse admittance, or ask an individual to leave, if we feel that there is a need to do so. Thank you for respecting this Code of Conduct and doing your part to maintain our joyful, safe, and respectful community.


Board of Directors

FWTMDS is run by a volunteer board of directors: co-presidents Stacey Kuster and Nola Katinsky, treasurer Tom Wolf, and secretary Barry Dupen. If you would like to help organize and run these dances, please contact us.


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Fort Wayne Traditional Music & Dance Society

For more information, call (260) 244-1905