The Dance Institute of Washington
The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is an educational institution committed to providing children and youth from diverse backgrounds opportunity to develop their social, emotional, intellectual, and artistic abilities through the beauty and discipline of dance. DIW is dedicated to building self-esteem, discipline, and a drive for excellence among youth through dance training, educational outreach and performance opportunities.
DIW offers a full-range of pre-professional and community school dance classes. Full and partial scholarships are available to students, via audition, based upon need, talent and availabitiy. Additionally, DIW offers free dance classes through our Education Outreach program at local DC public schools. During the summer, DIW Outreach program runs a free performing arts day-camp and a Production Apprentice program for DC teens through the DC Department of Employment Services Summer Youth Employment Program.
Our professional touring company, Washington Reflections Dance Company, offers professional dance experience to DC area dancers. The company's mission is to strengthen the local and national dance community by promoting the unique inner city voice in the cultural discourse. Reflections serves as both a window into the African-American experience, and a mirror reflecting the diversity that exists in and beyond the Washington, DC community. Drawing from this community as a source of artistic inspiration, Reflections creates new works and reinterprets classic dance works using the African-American experience as a catalyst for new and exciting art for all people.