Ensuring that youth from all backgrounds experience the benefits of the performing arts, DIW offers high-quality dance instruction to more than 1,000 students each year. And its commitment to racial and economic equity infuses everything it does. At the School of Dance and at partner locations, students ages 2 to 22 receive pre-professional training in classical ballet and diverse dance disciplines, coupled with dance health, nutrition, academic enrichment, life skills, mentoring, and workforce development. This equity-based, holistic approach prepares students to pursue professional dance careers – with impressive results. 95% of graduates complete high school, with many moving on to excellent universities and professional dance companies. The Fabian Barnes Black Box Theater, named for DIW's founder, opens new possibilities for audience engagement, with masterclasses, performances by students, professional dancers, and featured artists that reach 6,000+ diverse audience members a year.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 1
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; The Columbia Heights neighborhood of Ward 1; Washington, DC.
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students
Schools They Work In: Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Awards & Recognition
*2008 - DIW Founder Fabian Barnes named "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian;
*2009 - Bridge Builders Award from Partners for Livable Communities;
*2011 - The Dance Institute of Washington's Positive Directions Through Dance outreach program was recently honored as a Winner of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
*2012 - DIW student Donte Corley honored and invited to perform at National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day; Fabian honored as Donte's Hero of Hope.
*2012 - DIW celebrates its momentous 25th Anniversary! A culminating gala is being planned for November 2012.
- New direction through dance
Wed Dec 7 2011, Medill Washington
The Dance Institute of Washington's Positive Directions Through Dance offers at-risk young people free dance and more.
- 2008's Washingtonians of the Year: Fabian Barnes
Thu Jan 1 2009, Washingtonian
The work of Fabian Barnes and the Dance Institute of Washington honored by Washingtonian with this recognition.
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