Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Dance, Performing Arts

Mission: The Dance Institute of Washington is committed to providing children and youth the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and artistically through the discipline of dance. To deliver on that commitment, DIW operates a studio school and free education outreach programs at local schools, affordable housing communities and youth organizations. Each of these programs uses dance education and performance to grant young people from diverse backgrounds a chance to experience the performing arts and to develop important skills needed for a successful future—in dance and beyond. DIW is dedicated to: 1) building self-esteem, discipline and the drive for excellence among at-risk youth; 2) involving parents, educators, professional artists and community members in the lives of DC's underserved children; 3) fostering mentoring relationships between professional artists and students; 4) broadening the horizons for the next generation of successful citizens.

Results: DIW provides high quality arts training at affordable prices; DIW provides youth development and childcare services for neighborhood residents and workers; DIW promotes foot traffic to local businesses; DIW promotes Columbia Heights as a cultural destination.

Target demographics: DIW students are primarily from the District of Columbia, with some participants traveling from surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia. The majority of DIW students are African American. Having its studios located in the diverse neighborhood of Columbia Heights, DIW continues to attract youth from all backgrounds, including Latin, Asian and Caucasian students. The majority of students receive partial scholarships. In its outreach, DIW forges partnerships with local schools and community-based organizations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 65 percent of students receive scholarships to attend DIW

Programs: Pre Dance Program, Pre Professional Program, Community Program, Summer Intensive, Adult Programs

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is my grandaughter's (age 4) first experience with dance and she loves it. She looks forward to her class each week. I plan to enroll her in future classes.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I worked with DIW from time to time and saw several great things and still do on the occassion that I visit DC. The staff really seems to care about their work and believe in the programs they offer. Many of the students seem motivated to dance professionally and/or go to college and study further.

10

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was a student of dance as a teenager. Now, as an adult studying, I have really enjoyed the offerings of DIW. The staff really seems to care and be interested in our continued development, even though I am purely dancing for my own enjoyment. They motivate me to work harder and I'm glad that they are here in the community.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciate the experience that the Dance Institute of Washington has allowed myself and my grand-daughter. It is very proffessional and exact but also gives the right amount of norishment for young people to believe in themselves. The instructors are excellent and talented. The envirionment is very warm and inviting. I would suggest to anyone that wants to give their child dance instruction of dance to visit this space. You will be very pleased. Gilda

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been able to connect with the dance community in a way I was not aware I could. There is a very strong desire to consistently improve on the services to community. The staff is very warm and friendly. I believe the studio needs more exposure. Even though they are in a highly exposed and trafficked location, I think most people need to know that the services they offer are available to all and not just a select group of people. Their target really is the under-privileged.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dance Institute of Washing is a great place for people of all ages to learn how to dance. Even if your just a beginner you can learn how to dance if you really want to. I recommend the Dance Institute of Washington to everyone who is passionate about dance or just wants to learn and have fun.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern with the Dance Institute of Washington, I was greeted with open arms. Not only were they able to use my skills and abilities to propel the organization to the next level, but also, they were willing to allow me to take dance classes in exchange for my work. There is a spirit of excellence throughout the organization and the staff really works hard to help make others' lives better. DIW represents the community very well by illuminating the area with such an amazing and well-constructed building. I appreciate all of the programs that DIW has implemented to help underserved youth in the area.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dance Institue has been great, It has help my daughter with Dance, she has become a better dancer and it has push her more. Her grades also have improve she has recieved A&B's each quater. The teacher's and the staff are great, they answer all your question and make you feel like family.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dance Institute of Washington helped me to become a better dancer in ballet. I have learned more technique than in the past and have made many friends who I compete with in class so that I can become a better dancer. The instructors are teach very well and help you get in shape. They are very helpful adn listen to each student's individual needs.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started our daughter in the 4-5 year old class and she loves it! The teacher is warm and caring, as are all the adults we've encountered there. The check in/out process seems secure. It's a perfect intro movement class. Our daughter enjoys showing her new moves to us.