Pre-Professional School

We develop talent and broaden
horizons one child at a time.

The DIW Pre-Professional School supports students ages 3-17 and youth from D.C. communities, training artistic excellence at the highest level to build life-long skills and confidence through compassion, empowerment, academic discipline, emotional support, and nutritional guidance.


Research and experience has proven that participation in the arts improves mental, physical, and emotional health for individuals and communities. ​

Rigorous and excellent concert dance training goes one step further, not only to develop critical life skills, but also to open opportunities for financial stability through a career in the arts and entertainment industries. ​

Access to this level of training is expensive, selective, and historically has been made unavailable or unwelcoming to youth from communities of color. DIW eliminates barriers to access as D.C.’s only subsidized training school.

Achievements and Evidence

Since 1987 DIW graduates have been accepted to​ prestigious colleges including Juilliard, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, University of Maryland, Point Park, University of the Arts, and more.

DIW alumni join renowned dance companies ​including Alvin Ailey, Ballet San Jose, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The Lion King, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and more.

Current DIW dancers receive acceptance to prestigious summer intensives and dance training programs​ including The Ailey School, Alonzo King Lines, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, Miami Ballet, The Rock School for Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and more!