Why Study Dance?

The Fort Wayne Ballet Conservatory at the University of Saint Francis is an exciting partnership between the University and the Fort Wayne Ballet which offers both a BFA and Associates degree in dance.

As a dancer in the Fort Wayne Ballet Conservatory at the University of Saint Francis, you will have access to dedicated and experienced faculty and state of the art studios.

You’ll learn advanced techniques in classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance, from some of the region’s most experienced dance professionals at the Fort Wayne Ballet Conservatory of Dance.


Students who complete a dance internship


Degrees available: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Associate of Arts in Dance


The Fort Wayne Ballet is the only professional ballet company in the region and state

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said dancer majors possess:

  • Athleticism and physical stamina
  • Creativity
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills

Skills You'll Obtain

Distinguish social, cultural, and philosophical factors of dance as an art form

Observe, assess, and critique dance practices

Technical mastery of modern and other genres of dance

I am able to dance alongside professional dancers in the Fort Wayne Ballet, as well as hone in on my technique with the academy dancers. The rigor of the program is just what is needed to improve, and keep on improving. All of the instructors are so passionate and genuinely want their students to succeed.– Madison Cafaro, Current Student

After Graduation

It’s true, you don’t need a college degree to perform as a professional dancer, but it is necessary for many other dance related occupations.

Types of careers you may have after you graduate include:

  • Dancer in Professional ballet, modern, jazz or contemporary company
  • Choreographer
  • Production
  • Costume design/execution
  • Arts Administration
  • Teaching in an academy, private dance studio, dance in a public school
  • Set and Prop Design