Achievements

2019-2020

DIW constructed the beautiful new Fabian Barnes Black Box Theater, adding an intimate, convertible, 85-seat Black Box Theater space to DC's cultural arts landscape.

DIW made a successful pivot to a virtual dance education model and remote workforce during the pandemic.

DIW was praised by Bloomberg Philanthropies for the creation of its Online Learning Center giving students and families 24/7 access to on-demand lesson plans, legendary performance footage, creative content and COVID-19 information and resources.

DIW elevated its voice for social justice with the viral performance of Ashante Green's "Feeling Good" by student Faith Kelly at Black Lives Matter Plaza.

Catalogue for Philanthropy designated DIW as “one of the best” nonprofits.

2018

DIW student Samaree Lawson won 2nd Place in Men’s Contemporary Dance at Youth American Grand Prix.

2017

DIW marks its 30th Anniversary.

DIW students won 3rd Place Ensemble at Youth America Grand Prix (regional). Positive Directions students won 1st Place at Best of Both Worlds competition.

2015

Catalogue for Philanthropy designated DIW as “one of the best” nonprofits.

2013

Fabian Barnes is awarded the Amtrak Pioneer award for outstanding involvement in the community dealing with Washington, DC youth and beneficial community outreach efforts!

2011

DIW's Positive Directions Through Dance program wins the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

2010

DIW's pre-professional and community students perform an adaptation of West Side Story at Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods.

2009

DIW's Youth Repertory Ensemble performs as part of a special concert in honor of Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

DIW is recognized as one of the Daily Points of Light by the Points of Light Foundation.

DIW receives a generous grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to participate in the UPSTART capacity building program.

2008

Washingtonian Magazine honors Fabian Barnes as a Washingtonian of the Year.

2007

DIW celebrates its 20th anniversary.

2006

WYCB 1340 AM recognizes Fabian Barnes as an African American Faces in High Places Local Honoree.

DIW celebrates the grand opening of its state-of-the-art dance facility in Columbia Heights.

2005

Fabian Barnes is featured on the Remarkable Journey hosted by Kweisi Mfume.

2004

The NBC Today Show credits DIW with "keeping Dr. King's dream alive" by dedicating a center to performing arts education, youth development, child development and community enrichment.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington honors Mr. Barnes as the 2004 recipient of the Founder's Award.

Leadership Greater Washington inducts Fabian Barnes as a member.

2003

Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semifinals: Dance Institute of Washington is recognized as Outstanding School and the DIW's Senior Youth Repertory Ensemble is recognized as 1st Place Ensemble.

2002

Fabian Barnes establishes Washington Reflections Dance Company.

2001

CNN's "American Heroes" recognizes Fabian Barnes for his tireless work in bringing dance, arts education and performance opportunities to inner-city youth.

1996

Fabian retires from the Dance Theatre of Harlem to give his full attention to DIW's school of dance and outreach program.

1993

DIW incorporates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and establishes its first holiday performance at the Kennedy Center.

1991

DIW holds its program at six recreation centers throughout DC, giving special attention to Wards Seven and Eight.

1987

Fabian Barnes begins the Dance Institute of Washington as a summer intensive dance program for hearing-impaired youth at Gallaudet Model Secondary School for the Deaf.