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3400 14th Street, NW
District of Columbia 20010

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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

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.
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.

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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... more »
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... more »
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 ... more »
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