Dance Institute


of Washington


We develop talent and broaden horizons one child at a time.

Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is the leading minority-led, pre-professional dance equity organization in Washington, DC. DIW supports students from underserved communities, balancing artistic excellence at the highest level while building life-long skills and confidence through compassion, empowerment, academic discipline, emotional support and nutritional guidance. Through our innovative DIW Barnes Method, the industry’s proven model, our efforts impact and inspire racial and economic equity in dance locally, nationally and across the globe.

You have helped hundreds of boys and girls discover their strengths, their grace, their spirit; and you have given them wings to fly.
Oprah Winfrey
(Speaking about DIW’s Founder, Fabian Barnes)

Welcome to our family

We support our students at the highest level while building artistic excellence, life-long skills and confidence through compassion, empowerment, academic discipline, emotional support and nutritional guidance.

TRAIN WITH US

Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) operates a pre-professional dance school offering world-class training in Ballet, Modern, African, Hip-Hop and other genres of dance for students ages 2.5 to 22 years-old.

SUPPORT OUR WORK

Help us advance racial and economic equity in dance. Approximately 95% of our students graduate from high school, with many moving on to prestigious and renown university programs and professional dance companies.

WATCH OUR FILM

Watch this three-minute documentary that explains how Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) empowers students and uplifts our Washington, DC community by eliminating barriers to a quality dance education experience that is equitable and fosters safety and belonging.

Welcome to Our World

The DIW Difference

Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is the leading, longstanding minority-led dance equity organization in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) Metropolitan Area. In 2013, DIW’s Positive Directions Through Dance Program was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the highest honor of its kind in the United States. We have been named “One of the Best Nonprofits” by Catalogue for Philanthropy, a certified nonprofit by United Way of the Nation’s Capital Area, and by Learn24 DC.

The DIW Barnes Method

Through our innovative DIW Barnes Method, the industry’s proven model, our efforts impact and inspire racial and economic equity in dance locally, nationally and across the globe.