Marcus Johnson is a native of Washington D.C who has been studying, and training rigorously in professional dance for 12 years. Marcus is trained in Ballet, Modern, African, and Hip Hop and started professionally training at Duke Ellington School of The Arts. Following his tenure at Duke Ellington, Marcus was chosen to tour in China for an international dance conference. He has performed with Sting and Paul Simon, toured in Los Angeles, where he also kept up his training. Marcus has been teaching dance for about 7 years at the Dance Institute of Washington, where he’s had the pleasure of instilling all that he has learned through the years to the next generation. Marcus believes it is very important to be versatile and adaptive in this field –“it enhances your capability as a young dancer”. Marcus is grateful for the experience of inspiring the next generation to come; to mold great, strong and disciplined dancers at the Dance Institute of Washington and to impact and change the lives of children through the Art of Dance. Marcus is also experienced in the ins and outs of programming and stage productions. While he may often teach, you can also find him in meetings working hard alongside of DIW’s Creative Director.
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.
Mohammad T Islam is Finance Manager (CFO) of the Dance Institute of Washington. He has served honorably in this capacity for over 8 years. He is in charge of financial reports and budget forecasting. With over 15 years of professional experience working with banks, financial institutions, funders, community partners, and nonprofits, Mohammad’s track record is one quality and integrity. He works closely with the Executive Director, Development team, and school management to maintain and optimize financial stability.
Monique Watson is a professional dancer and choreographer from Havre de Grace, Maryland. By day, she is the Coordinator for DIW’s Creative Career Readiness Program and believes that building a student up professionally and academically is crucial to having a sustainable career in the arts. Formerly, she was the Deputy Artistic Director of Culture Shock Washington DC’s Season 16 & 17, and teaches Hip Hop and Street Style fundamentals & Heels Performance across the DC Metro area including: ZD Dance Academy, CUnit Studio, The DC Hip Hop Theater Festival, The Kennedy Center: Sound Health Series, Shell Shock DC, and more.
Her instruction is designed for all ages and focuses on three key concepts: Passion, Patience, and Persistence. The 3 P’s build incredible artists inside and out!
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