Creative Director

Ashante Green - Dance Institute of Washington

Ashanté Green

A native of Ft. Washington, Maryland, Ashanté Green studied dance at the Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) where she trained in many styles of dance beginning at the age of seven. She simultaneously danced in the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Pre-Professional Residency program at the Kennedy Center for 11 years, working closely with the company’s then Artistic Director, Arthur Mitchell. Additionally, Ashanté studied under Debbie Allen, performing in her play, Pepito’s Story, in 2002. Ashanté attended high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and in May 2014 received a BFA degree in dance from Shenandoah University where she was featured as a soloist in many works and was the recipient of the Outstanding Performance in Dance Award and the Elizabeth Weil Bergmann Choreography Award. Ashanté continued her education at Shenandoah University and received a Master of Science degree in Performance Arts Leadership and Management in the spring of 2015. After graduating, Ashanté returned to The Dance Institute of Washington to work under the late Fabian Barnes. She currently serves as the Creative Director and is also one of the lead choreographers, training students in Ballet, Modern, and Afrocentric movement. In December 2020, Ashanté was featured in a short dance film sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts and Mars Arts DC. Ashanté has also been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine twice. Her choreography placed third in the Ensemble Category at YAGP's 2017 Regional Semi-Finals and the Senior Men’s Contemporary Division in 2018. Ashanté's choreography was also selected to be performed at the International Association of Blacks in Dance 31st Annual Conference and Festival in 2019. In February 2021, Ashanté created and directed "Our Spiritual Journey", a full-length dance production, for DIW that took viewers on a journey through Black diasporic history, culture, and ancestry.