Social and cultural stigmas like racism, discrimination, colorism, and body type bias often discourage young dancers of color from continuing pre-professional dance training. Many DIW students share stories of being at other dance schools where their feelings were hurt or their self-image jeopardized because a teacher or peer could not envision them as a dancer.
DIW provides a profound alternative in its relationship-based training. In addition to offering first-class dance instruction, our teachers provide support for students’ journeys to college and beyond. The relationships established at DIW are long-lasting, reassuring students throughout their childhood and young adulthood that they have a place here.
As part of its commitment to supplying students with a sense of permanence, DIW hosts Power Hours: monthly hour-long intensives in arts-integrated academic enrichment, professional development, and life skills development.
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