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 Ernesto!
Jul30

Fort Wayne Ballet Spotlight – Meet Ernesto!

This is first spotlight in our series focusing on the dancers of Fort Wayne Ballet. Did you know that Fort Wayne Ballet attracts professional dancers from around the world? Meet Ernesto M. Lea Place from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a company member with Fort Wayne Ballet and faculty member at the Auer Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet. After hearing positive things about Fort Wayne Ballet from a friend, who was performing with the company, Lea Place decided that it was the right fit for him. He has been in Fort Wayne for about a year. Living Fort Wayne contacted Lea Place to get a feel for what moves him. Selected questions are below.   What are the most challenging aspects of performing ballet professionally? There are a lot of sacrifices and endless amounts of work. This profession asks a lot from you so if you are not willing to fulfill expectations, you won’t be able to do it. I love performing, being on stage, and communicating/connecting with the audiences. But in order to have that joy and comfort while performing and on stage, you have to accomplish the physical aspect [of ballet]. What are some of your hopes for the future? I hope I will keep growing as an artist and as a person. I do feel very grateful to be able to do what I love for a living. In the near future, I would like to attend a university. I am interested in psychology as my major. I was always really good at school, and I hope it’ll continue to be that way. I really enjoy working with children, and we do a lot here at the Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet. What artistic performance have you been the most proud of in your career as a dancer? As a child I did a lot of acting and theatre. It wasn’t until later in life that I entered the dance world. With some roles, you [have] more character development than others. Having the opportunity to play Romeo in Romeo & Juliet was probably the most fun I had on stage. There was such a high demand, as an actor, a technician, and an artist that I felt nervous about doing a good job. In the end, I believe I did the best I could do at the time, and, who knows, I might have a chance to [do it again] and see how it comes out then! What will you be doing to prepare for Fort Wayne Ballet’s At the Edge performance on September 26 and 28? I am currently resting. As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot sacrifices and...

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