About Us

Welcome to the Anchor Room Dance Studio!

We are a dance studio that specializes in couples dancing, helping singles and couples alike to learn to dance in a professional, inclusive, and encouraging environment.

We provide dance instruction for a variety of popular dance styles ranging from swing to country to ballroom dances. Whether you’re looking to be a part of a large community of friendly dancers or you want to try a new activity with your partner, we will help you through your first steps on the dance floor.

The Anchor Room venue is home to many dance clubs that provide public events to the community around Fort Wayne, IN.

Our team provides dance instruction for the following and more:

  • West Coast Swing
  • Country Dances
  • Ballroom Dances
  • Line Dancing
  • Wedding Dances
  • Social and Competitive Dancing

Whether you’ve been dancing for years or have never stepped foot onto a dance floor before, our staff will help you start or continue your dance journey.

The History of the Anchor Room Dance Studio

The Anchor Room Dance Studio began serving the areas of Fort Wayne, Ossian, Northern Indiana, and North Western Ohio for about 5 years. We have been providing dance instruction to dancers of all skill levels and continue to be a home and supporter of local dance clubs and events in the region.

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Meet the Staff

Melissa Culbertson

Melissa Culbertson

Owner, Instructor

Every since she was very young, Melissa has been learning and mastering dance. Today, she’s passionate about West Coast Swing and has been teaching country, ballroom, and swing for over a decade. She’s not only passionate about dance but in teaching it, helping others perfect their art.

Austin Pranger

Austin Pranger

Instructor, Web Editor

Austin started dancing in 2015 and discovered a love for West Coast Swing in 2016. Since then he has been using dance to grow outside of his comfort zone to overcome shyness and pursue a more meaningful life – while helping others do the same through dance.

LuAnn Pemberton

LuAnn Pemberton

Studio Manager

LuAnn works diligently behind the scenes to make sure that the studio is in tip-top shape for the countless dancers that attend events at the Anchor Room. Having been dancing for many years, performing with the Hardwood Shiners as a line-dancer, she discovered couples dancing and continues to exude her friendliness and positivity to everyone who comes through the doors at the Anchor Room and in our dance community.

The Venue

The Anchor Room Dance Studio is a beautiful, spacious studio that offers group dance classes, private lessons, and more. The dance studio is even fully equipped to handle your next gathering or dance event.

Dance Practice, Private Lessons, & Group Classes

The Anchor Room Dance Studio hosts weekly group lessons and is home to many Anchor Room students who take private lessons from instructors. The Anchor Room has plenty of space for its students to practice and we welcome students that want to take time to practice alone or with a partner or student.

Dance Events

The Anchor Room Dance Studio is one of the most popular venues for a variety of regional dance clubs and events, including the Music Box Dance Club, David Fennig’s Monthly Events, the Fort Wayne West Coast Swing club, 5th Friday Dances by Pam & Eagle, and more.

Wedding Receptions

The Anchor Room is a perfectly scenic and decorated venue for weddings of small to medium size. A massive dance floor can accomodate a large wedding party looking for a spacious and intimate setting. The Anchor Room has tables and chairs already available to meet your needs, able to easily accommodate medium to large sized events with available seating.

And More

The Anchor Room is a spacious venue equipped to handle most types of dance events and non-dance gatherings. Contact us today to learn more about the Anchor Room and let us know about your next event.

5 Reasons to Use the Anchor Room for Your Next Event

  1. Welcoming Decor
  2. Clean Facility
  3. Exceptional Audio System
  4. Affordable
  5. Beautiful Dance Floor

Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch!

Whatever questions you have about our studio, team, or the venue, send them our way and we’ll be happy to answer them.