Health Updates

As a nonprofit arts organization, Fort Wayne Ballet’s resources are put to the test during local and global crises such as this. We so appreciate our community’s continued support to help us and our fellow arts organizations return to the stage and studio as soon as possible. May we all continue to uplift and awaken the human spirit during this time.


April 13, 2020: Fort Wayne Ballet has announced the remainder of its 2019-2020 Season is now canceled, including all performances and events through May 24. 

We are committed to the health and safety of our patrons, staff, dancers, students and their families. The Executive Staff will continue to monitor the global situation and is receiving updates from governmental agencies in order to protect fellow Hoosiers. This includes the current quarantine and recommendations to curtail all nonessential gatherings and practice social distancing. 

Executive Director, Jim Sparrow says: “We have been working diligently with senior staff and have consulted with the Executive Committee regarding the remainder of this season, our Academy and our Summer Intensive.” “The decision has been heart-wrenching and difficult,” stated Karen Gibbons-Brown, Artistic Director. “As disappointed as we all are, it is a requirement of the times to keep you, the dancers, and our community as safe as we can.”

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These performances are cancelled:

  • Progressions | Company Performance  — May 15 & 16
  • Auer Academy End of the Year Showcase — May 21
  • Fort Wayne Ballet TOO | Company Performance — May 22

TICKET OPTIONS for those who have purchased tickets:

  • Donate the value of your tickets to Fort Wayne Ballet.
  • Request a refund by contacting ArtsTix Community Box Office at 260.422.4226 or emailing

We ask that all ticket holders make their requests by the end of the day on Friday, May 1, 2020. All tickets remaining after that date will be considered donations to Fort Wayne Ballet. Patrons are asked to email  with any additional questions.

Beer, BarreBQ ‘n’ Bourbon Fundraiser and Youth Company’s Performance of Peter Rabbit Rescheduled for Season 64

Our popular fundraiser was originally scheduled for May 8, but now is planned and poised to help us launch Season 64 in August 2020. Beer, BarreBQ ‘n’ Bourbon has earned its reputation as Fort Wayne’s deliciously dishy casual evening filled with craft beers and bourbon tastings, delectable BBQ tastings and sweet treats, music, dancing, and competitive silent and live auctions.  Watch for details!

Fort Wayne Ballet’s Youth Company production of Peter Rabbit will carry over to next season as well.

We Are Still Working and Creating Amazing Dance Experiences For You!

While many businesses across the country are furloughing employees, Fort Wayne Ballet has boldly committed to supporting the financial well-being of its dancers, arts administrators, and their families through the end of the 2019-2020 Season.

“With many administrative conversations in between, we have determined it is best for the dancers to remain paid per their contract,” says Karen Gibbons-Brown, Artistic Director. “As they will be ‘working’ but not in the studio, they will have in-home projects to be used to help promote dance and specifically Fort Wayne Ballet.”


Dance With Us ONLINE!

Performance cancellations have not stopped Fort Wayne Ballet from fulfilling its mission to uplift and awaken the human spirit during this time. 

Marketing and Communications Manager, Marcia Hetrick explains: “We just completed week 3 of our virtual Zoom classes and continue to run 27 classes, including 4 free community classes weekly. Other new segments will be released including parts of the 2019-2020 Season and video footage from A Midsummer Night’s Dream never seen due to our cancellation of the public performances. Additional content will come from our professional dancers, world-renowned faculty, and Auer Academy students. This can all be found on our Facebook and Instagram or by searching #FWBTogether.”

For additional information, please contact Marcia Hetrick at

Become a Season Subscriber and Reap Your Rewards

Season 64 begins this August with the professional company’s first Main Stage production in early October.

States Fort Wayne Ballet Board Chair Amanda Kinneman: “Fort Wayne Ballet remains strong as we move through this challenging time. We are so excited for next season, featuring Dracula and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. We appreciate all of the great support from the Board and our community as we gear up for the other side of this crisis. The leadership of Jim Sparrow, Executive Director, and Karen Gibbons-Brown, Artistic Director, continues to be unbelievable.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Ballet this Fall!”

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS are the most impactful way to support Fort Wayne Ballet. Subscribers receive numerous benefits including:

  • 20% savings on all 3 Main Stage performances
  • Best seats reserved in each price level
  • Free ticket exchanges
  • Invitation to “Champagne and Strawberries” receptions before each opening night Main Stage performance 
  • Complimentary drink at Fort Wayne Ballet’s Club Impresario during intermissions 

To subscribe, please visit our Subscription Page.

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2020 will be held in person from July 6 through July 31. Subject to change pending decisions from Governor Holcomb and other authorities. All Summer Intensive details and updates can be found on our Summer Intensive Page.


Questions? Email us at

Allen County Health Department

Prevention and Treatment

COVID-19 Fact Sheet