Each year, Fort Wayne Ballet holds auditions for its four-week summer intensive, which this year was June 11-July 6. The program brings more than 60 students to Fort Wayne to live in dorms, learn from master teachers and enjoy the city. 

Students come from across the country, including Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. This year, four international students joined the program from Mexico and Australia.

The dancers take classes such as ballet, pointe, men’s class, character class, modern jazz, musical theatre and a seminar class. They also get to experience Fort Wayne on the weekends by going on field trips like a tour of DeBrands, a downtown scavenger hunt, a TinCaps game, BuskerFest and a movie at the Embassy Theatre.

The summer intensive culminated in the Summer Intensive Showcase where students showed what they learned in the program.

Aura Vargas, 18, and Isabel Garrido, 16, traveled from Mexico City, Mexico, to participate in the summer intensive. From dorm life to dance class, here’s a glimpse into a day in their life on July 3, 2018.

7:52 a.m.
Aura Vargas (left), 18, and Isabel Garrido, 16, get ready for a day of dance classes.
8:07 a.m.
During Fort Wayne Ballet’s summer dance programs, students stayed in residence halls on the campus of the University of Saint Francis. The group of girls living in Aura and Isabel’s suite was nicknamed “The Grandma Squad” because they were the oldest group (and they like taking naps and going to bed early, Isabel said).
9:15 a.m.
Dance students stretch before class time begins.
3:17 p.m.
Aura pulls on a pair of sneakers before a dance routine.
3:23 p.m.
Aura and classmates perform a routine in a class taught by master teacher and Fort Wayne Ballet alum Jane Lanier.
3:37 p.m.
Master teacher and Fort Wayne Ballet alum Jane Lanier teaches a class during the summer intensive program.
3:42 p.m.
Isabel and classmates perform a routine in a class taught by master teacher and Fort Wayne Ballet alum Jane Lanier.
7:45 p.m.
Isabel and other students in the Fort Wayne Ballet summer dance program enjoy the Patriotic Pops concert by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at Parkview Field.