When Fabian Barnes retired from the Dance Theatre of Harlem he possessed two important things: a small pension and the desire to give back to others what dance had given to him. Barnesís dream was to offer year-round, high-quality, pre-professional training to Washington, DCís children and teens Ė regardless of their ability to pay. Today, DIW has its own facility in Columbia Heights and its Youth Ensemble and Professional Company perform regularly on the regionís finest stages, including the Lansburgh, the Howard, and Wolf Trap, among others. Many graduates move on to excellent university programs (Harvard and Temple among them) while others perform professionally at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey II, and elsewhere. Personal and artistic growth are equally important, and DIW's Positive Directions Through Dance (winner of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award) provides at-risk youth with classes, life skills workshops (from literacy to nutrition), and performance opportunities Ė all at no cost. A cultural gem, DIW nurtures the minds, bodies, and talents of our young people. Wonít you join the dance?