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Dance Institute of Washington



Biography

The Dance Institute of Washington is a dance education institution committed to providing children and youth from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to develop their social, emotional, intellectual and artistic abilities through the discipline of dance.

Mr. Barnes founded the Dance Institute of Washington in 1987 during his summer break from DTH. He wished to give DC youth the opportunities that DTH gave him—to develop talent, confidence, and discipline.

A tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DIW offers four core programs:

  1. Primary Ballet
  2. Pre-Professional Bridge
  3. Positive Directioins Through Dance
  4. Conservatory
 Dance Institute of Washington