Pirouettes, sashays and impeccable balance have long drawn people into the art of dance. The twists and turns of the body are not for the faint of heart. Dance takes dedication, practice and skill to perfect. From May 1st – 5th, over 400 dancers from around the country will come to the Summit city to perfect their moves and learn new techniques in the Regional Dance America Mid-States Festival. The event will be hosted by local ballet company, New American Youth Ballet.85 dance companies and over 400 dancers from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, , Wisconsin, Michigan, North and South Dakota, Colorado and Canada will be attending workshops and master level classes taught by nationally and internationally renowned faculty. Dancers will have educational and performing opportunities throughout the festival, which is targeted towards those with a serious commitment to their arts education. Directors, faculty and colleges from round the US will have the opportunity to network and come together with faculty who are recognized as some of the best in their chosen fields of ballet, modern, jazz, nutrition and dancer health. Among the best of the best that will be in attendance is internationally acclaimed choreographer, Kathryn Posin, who is the festival director/adjudicator. The Sofia National Ballet of Bulgaria recently performed Posin’s European premiere of Scheherazade. She has choreographed over 50 works and has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, The New York State Council of the Arts, The National Endowment of The Arts and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. All of the festival’s activities will be focused in Downtown Fort Wayne at various locations including The Marriott Courtyard, Arts United Center, FW Dance Collective and the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center. For those who are interested in catching a performance from these great dancers, there will be three evening performances on May 2, 3 and 4 that are open to the public. This will be a unique opportunity for our community to see some of the best dancers in the nation. All evening performances will be held at 7:00pm at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center (PAC). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center ticket office on the evening of the performances. To find out more about the Regional Dance America Mid-States Festival you can go to Regional Dance America, New American Youth Ballet Fort Wayne, or Visit Fort Wayne.