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Fort Wayne Dance Collective

  • Address: 437 East Berry Street #203 Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Phone: (260) 424-6574
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Welcome to Fort Wayne and to the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Committed to promoting human creativity FWDC is a diverse, non-judgmental not-for-profit organization that offers dance and movement classes, outreach programs, Japanese style Taiko drumming and brings the community outstanding performers.

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  • Taiko Drumming: Knock on Wood

    Allen County Public Library

    November 4, 2017

    2017-11-04 19:00:00 2017-11-04 19:00:00 Taiko Drumming: Knock on Wood <h1><strong>Big Drums. Big Sound. Big Life.<br /></strong></h1> <p>Taiko is a traditional Japanese musical tradition that means “big drum.” The large, hollow, skin-covered drums used in taiko are played vertically, horizontally or diagonally to create a range of vibrant rhythms. But taiko isn’t simply about sound. Its characteristic beat is achieved through choreographed arm movements, as drummers “dance” their sticks from drum to drum.</p> <p>Established in 1997, Fort Wayne Taiko &#8211; a program of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective (FWDC) &#8211; is the only Taiko group in Indiana and one of few in the Midwest. Inspired by a performance by Vancouver-based <a href="http://kataritaiko.bc.ca/" target="_blank"><strong>Katari Taiko</strong></a>, our small group of volunteers built our first set of drums out of bourbon barrels bought from a Louisville distillery. As we’ve grown, we’ve remained passionate about sharing the taiko experience with our community. Our mission is to honor the ancient tradition of taiko with unique, multifaceted performance art.</p> <p>Fort Wayne Taiko has hosted touring taiko groups from around the world. Our members have attended the <a href="http://taikocommunityalliance.org/natc/" target="_blank"><strong>North American Taiko Conference</strong></a>, spent time at taiko camps and workshops, and have traveled to Japan to study under renowned Japanese taiko masters. In July of 2014, Fort Wayne Taiko was invited to play at the <a href="http://worldtaikogathering.com/" target="_blank"><strong>World Taiko Gathering</strong></a> in Los Angeles, CA.  As our core group of members continues to build skills, we share it with incoming members &#8211; building the robust repertoire that we have today. Fort Wayne Taiko offers weekly classes, outreach programs and performances. <a href="http://fwdc.org/experiencetaiko/" target="_blank"><strong>Learn more.</strong></a></p> <p>Fort Wayne Taiko moves pretty quickly. Keep up with them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/fwtaiko?ref=hl" target="_blank"><strong>Facebook</strong></a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/fortwaynetaiko" target="_blank"><strong>Twitter</strong> </a>and by reading their monthly blog, <a href="http://fwdc.org/grow/blog-layout-2/" target="_blank"><strong>Taiko Talk</strong></a>.</p> 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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