Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy
Feb12

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy

To be a standout performer, you have to be a triple threat – a singer, dancer, and actor. If you’ve dreamt of making your stage debut, you can make it a reality at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy. Located in Downtown Fort Wayne, Triple Threat is unlike any performance academy in the area. The brand new facility offers a wide array of dance classes and private acting and voice so students can become just that – a triple threat. Executive Director Andy Planck originally hatched the idea of an all-encompassing performing arts academy in 2005 after touring nationally as a musical theatre actor. He returned to his Fort Wayne roots in 2009, but it just didn’t feel like the right time to start a studio. So, he pursued performing opportunities at top theatres in Chicago for a few years. Planck started taking note of the news of Fort Wayne’s emerging cultural vibrancy and downtown revitalization, and he said; “Now it’s time.” He acquired the first floor of the Randall Lofts Apartments on Pearl Street and began working on the rehearsal spaces immediately. His long-standing connections to the arts scene in Fort Wayne, including the collaboration with the newly formed Three Rivers Music Theatre, helped him to acquire professional performing arts instructors to begin the company. If you are looking to perform, opportunities are abundant for singers, dancers, and actors. Try a musical theatre class! The Three Rivers Music Theatre, with Resident Music Director Tommy Saul, debuts their first production, The Last Five Years, April 1-10 at the Parkview Physicians Group Arts Lab. “We’re very excited about this premier, and we’re looking forward to future performances in collaboration with other local performing arts groups!” Perhaps you think you have two left feet and just want to have some fun at a dance class. Drop-ins are always a welcome addition to the Triple Threat community. Join in on ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and even heels! If you’re looking for a way to get your sweat on, there’s Zumba offered on Saturday mornings. Whether you’re a long-time lover of the spotlight or you’ve never set foot onstage, you too can become a triple threat! Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy offers classes on a semester basis for those age three to adult. Registration for this semester closes on February 21, but you can drop in on an adult dance class whenever you feel like busting a move. Check out triplethreatfw.com to see their full class roster and pricing.   Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy 212 Pearl Street Fort Wayne, IN...

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Fort Wayne Ballet Spotlight – Meet David!
Sep16

Fort Wayne Ballet Spotlight – Meet David!

Since July, we have been profiling various dancers with Fort Wayne Ballet. In this week’s spotlight, we meet the husband of dancer Alexis Ingram, who we profiled a few weeks ago. David Ingram is a professional dancer with Fort Wayne Ballet and currently serves as Artistic Associate and Men’s Program Coordinator. Living Fort Wayne contacted David recently to get a feel for what moves him. Selected responses are below. How long have you lived in Fort Wayne, and where are you from originally? I am originally from Kingsport, Tennessee and have lived in Fort Wayne for the past three years. Can you tell us how you became involved with Fort Wayne Ballet? I have been a fan and student of [Fort Wayne Ballet Executive/Artistic Director] Karen Gibbons-Brown’s artistic leadership for quite some time. What is the most challenging aspect of performing ballet professionally? Representing the current framework of our present status as a community, culture, and our habitual ways of seeing and representing that ethically and carefully. What are some other things you are doing with your life outside of ballet? Currently, I am enrolled at Hollins University/the Forsythe Company (Frankfurt, Germany) working on my [Master of Fine Arts] in composition. When not working on my MFA, I am very busy chasing around Pethula and Clementine, my two girls. What are some of your hopes for the future? I hope that one day dancing will not be viewed as an alien or imperialistic art form. I find it [to be] a way of communication and hope others can feel comfortable enough to dance themselves without the fear of judgement. What artistic performance have you been the most proud of in your career as a dancer?  I have had many recently – I am very proud of the artists I train and their accomplishments. What is one humorous or light-hearted anecdote about your time as a dancer? I do not have one specific thing, but I would ask that anyone who reads this would come and tell me not to use water anymore. Next week – David Ingram and others At the Edge We will catch up with David, along with a few other interesting people with Fort Wayne Ballet, next week in our final part of this series, which will focus on the organization’s preparation and inspiration for the At the Edge fall performance. David is choreographing a contemporary piece for the performance, so be sure to check back next week for his thoughts on what he wants to communicate to the audience through dance. For more information about Fort Wayne Ballet and the At the Edge fall performances on September 26...

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