Ari Smith is a creative, specializing in production and theater management. As a D.C. native, she has always been very passionate about uplifting the Black community through the arts, since training at the Dance Institute of Washington at five-years-old.
Ari received her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, with minors in Non-profit Organizational Studies and African American Studies, moving on to work with multiple public relations agencies, cinematography companies and local non-profit organizations around the DMV. Always keeping the goal of amplifying Black and minority communities, Ari returned home to DIW, bringing a wealth of experience in production management, film, photography and public relations.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, From a very young age, Erin knew that she wanted to be a resource for youth. In May of 2017, Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Delaware State University where Erin researched the effects that trauma can have in the classroom. Erin started her journey in education and community service in August of 2017, when she served in Americorps as a City Year. Through that program, Erin served 1700 hours of community service both in schools and in neighborhoods that were both underserved and underrepresented. Erin has been doing her part to foster warm environments where youth can learn and grow since then.
Joshua Muse started dancing in high school around his senior year where he learned a hip hop dance style called Krump. He didn’t know that this one class would be the beginning of something life changing. After graduating from Suitland High School he began to take dance a lot more serious and started training in many styles with Culture Shock DC and Capitol Movement. From there he started working jobs with various artist and training in multiple dance styles all across the United States. He was blessed with a career shifting opportunity to train under world renowned choreographer to Beyoncé and many others Chris Grant. He was blessed to perform in a history making performance at the Jacob K Javitz Convention center in Manhattan, New York. This gave him the opportunity worked with legends in the dance industry; including but not limited to Frank Gatson, Anthony Burrell, Laura Edwards, and many more. He has danced in and choreographed a plethora of Music Videos, Television Shows, and Stage performances for artists both locally and nationally renounced. These artists include B2K, Dani Leigh, Mechie, Lovely Mi Mi, Destiny Moriah, and plenty more. He looks forward to continuing to train and travel the world sharing his gift.
Gina Safadi, dancer, teacher, dance coach, director, producer and cultural manager. Originally from New York , Gina shared her knowledge for over 15 years in Ecuador and is now working her magic in Washington DC.
Gina earned her B.A. in Dance & Sociology from Marymount Manhattan College and received her Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University. Gina is a Certified International Latin Dance Judge and a World Salsa Summit Member. She is currently an administrator at Dance Institute of Washington and a Latin dance event producer.
Carla Camargo, originally from Mexico and a past resident of Washington, D.C., is a digital marketing specialist with over 7 years of experience in the industry. With a strong background in marketing strategy and management, Carla has a track record of developing and executing successful campaigns for a variety of businesses and organizations.
In addition to her skills in marketing strategy, Carla also has an extensive background in concert and commercial dance and is a passionate BIPOC and women advocator. As a Latina immigrant woman, she is extremely passionate about her work and all efforts leading to positive progress of the BIPOC community. Across all aspects of her life, Carla is an enthusiastic, open-minded, and determined individual. As the Marketing and Communications Specialist at the Dance Institute of Washington she is dedicated to helping DIW achieve their ultimate brand, marketing, and communication goals.
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