The Spirit of Kwanzaa
Building on the Legacy

About the production

“The Spirit of Kwanzaa,” the Dance Institute of Washington’s most popular and longest-running (since 1995) cultural arts and dance production, is a uniquely African American winter holiday celebration that draws on the agricultural ceremonies of Africa. The Dance Institute of Washington has adapted the seven principles of Kwanzaa into rich storytelling through various art forms, portraying the struggles, resilience, and creativity within the Black experience.

This year we are Building on the Legacy! With our recent groundbreaking of the Fabian Black Box Theater, The Dance Institute of Washington is excited to present this historic production in honor of The Spirit of Kwanzaa's creator and DIW founder, the late Fabian Barnes.

When: December 18, 2021 at 7pm & December 19, 2021 at 6pm
Location: Fabian Barnes Black Box Theater (3400 14th St NW. Washington, DC 20010)
Cost: $20 early bird/ $25 general admission
Kids ages 3 and younger are free!

There will be limited tickets available due to the current public state.

COVID-19 Guidelines

The Following is Required to enter DIW’s Fabian Barnes Black Box Theater

Attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative test result done within 72 hours of the show. (You can find a testing site at or perform and At Home OTC COVID-19 Test by purchasing a kit at your local pharmacy)

Proof of vaccination can be your physical card or a photo of it. Proof of negative test can also be physical proof or digital proof.

Masks are required and MUST be properly worn when inside the building, covering your nose and mouth, at all times unless you are actively eating or drinking.

You must adhere to District Department Health COVID guidelines.

You must complete a COVID Attestation Form before or upon arrival to the event. (This will be sent via email.)

All DIW staff members working the event will be fully vaccinated.

For any questions, please contact