USF/Fort Wayne Ballet — New Dance Degrees

The University of Saint Francis is offering two new degrees, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and the Associate of Arts in Dance, in collaboration with the Fort Wayne Ballet. The four-year and two-year programs, respectively, will be offered through USF’s Fort Wayne Ballet Conservatory at the university. The four-year program offers the only degree of its type in the region.

The programs will prepare students for professional dance careers. A full range of dance styles will be studied, including classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, tap, character and repertoire, as well as dance history and theory, pedagogy and choreography. At the same time, students will receive a well-rounded education thanks to a solid liberal arts core curriculum. Upon graduation, students will be qualified to perform in a professional dance company, choreograph, attend graduate school in dance or teach in a public or private dance school.

Fort Wayne Ballet’s new facilities at Auer Arts Center will serve as the site for dance courses. The facilities include state-of-the-art rehearsal studios with pianos, special dance floors to guard against injury, and large, mirrored dance studios with barres, observation windows and pianos for live accompaniment. Also included are an art gallery, coffee shop and bakery, a lounge area and parking. Instructors with Fort Wayne Ballet will serve as the dance programs’ USF faculty members.

Students in the dance programs will take their academic courses at USF’s School of Creative Arts, already known for its visual core, theater and music. The dance programs will expand SOCA’s educational offerings to encompass a broader vision.

Karen Gibbons-Brown, Fort Wayne Ballet artistic and executive director, will serve as USF dance artistic director and adviser. She will work with SOCA Dean Rick Cartwright and Colleen Huddleson, assistant professor, liaison and program adviser.

Registration for the new fall dance program is already under way. To learn more, visit the website or contact the USF Office of Admissions at 260-399-8000 or

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