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.


As we monitor the changing climate of COVID-19, the health and safety of our Fort Wayne Ballet family is our top priority. As such, please see the updates below:


Governor Eric Holcomb announced a series of steps to protect Hoosiers from COVID-19. This includes the recommendation to limit all non-essential gatherings to 250 people or less for a period of 30 days. Therefore, next weekend’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is now canceled.

Fort Wayne Ballet is committed to the health and safety of patrons. We are seriously monitoring the global situation, and are receiving updates from Allen County Health, Center for Disease Control, City of Fort Wayne, and the State of Indiana.

We are sorry to disappoint you, our loyal audiences. The power of dance is healing for us all, and because of that, we are currently attempting to create ways to reach you with the beauty of the arts as we work through this challenging period. Please stay tuned for more information as we develop plans.

If you have purchased tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream or any other upcoming performances, we kindly ask you to consider donating the cost of your purchase. All of us are about to head into a period that no arts organization could ever possibly plan for – canceled performances and empty houses. Your small gesture of generosity could have a profound effect on the future of Fort Wayne Ballet. We thank you for your consideration.

Because A Midsummer Night’s Dream is through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Box Office, please see the information below regarding your ticket options. 


    • Donate the value of your tickets. 
    • Request a refund for A Midsummer Night’s Dream by contacting the Box Office at
    • If you are a Fort Wayne Ballet Season Subscriber wanting a refund for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, please email or call 260.484.9646

We request that all ticket holders donate, or refund their purchases by the end of the day March 31. 

Please note the call volume will be increased during this time. We ask you to email the Box Office at for the quickest response. You may call 260.481.0777 with questions about your tickets and we will return your call as soon as possible. 


Friday, March 27, 2020

A letter from Ms. Karen:

Happy Friday, Fort Wayne Ballet Family!

We all hope your real world and the virtual world are meshing and everyone is doing well.

A few items:
We are excited to launch our online classes for our Academy this coming MONDAY. We have 27 classes each week of varying levels. This weekend, we will send the schedule and means to access your classes. You will need the platform, ZOOM. While we would much rather be working with you in person, we are glad we can do this. In addition, ZOOM will allow us to see our students while teaching. We hope you will all take advantage of this opportunity while we are apart. Our plan is to continue this platform until we can return to our studios.

The last update with a date to return to the studios was our hope to return after Spring Break on April 6th. Obviously, that will not be feasible. Our building has been closed to the public until April 12th. We are aware the return date may need to change, but we do know we cannot return before then.

Because we cannot get back in the studios in time for the Youth Company to learn and rehearse Peter Rabbit, sadly, we will need to postpone the April 25th performances. Stay tuned!

As much as we would like to see you and dance with you all, your family and health are of primary importance. Our hope is that these upcoming classes bring the joy of dance to you in your homes and that we all meet again soon.

Happy and safe dancing!
Karen Gibbons-Brown

The top priority of our organization is always the health and safety of our students and staff. We are seriously monitoring the global situation, and receiving updates from Allen County HealthCenter for Disease ControlCity of Fort Wayne, and the State of Indiana

Auer Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet will be closed through Sunday, April 12th. While we have no confirmed cases of the virus in our student base or staff, we feel this is our best course of action to minimize risk to our community at large. 

We understand the situation is a disruption to your schedules. We apologize for the challenges this situation creates. Some scheduled events may need slight adjustments including Academy make-up days. We will update you on information as we receive it. 

We are taking extra precautionary measures by providing additional hand sanitizers and tissues throughout buildings, particularly in high traffic areas. Additionally, the custodial staff is routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. We highly encourage those who have been ill over the last two weeks, currently feel unwell, or who may be at increased risk, to stay home.

This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to keep you updated via our website, emails, and social platforms.

If you have questions, please reach out to or call 260.484.9646


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Allen County Health Department

Prevention and Treatment

COVID-19 Fact Sheet