Dance Institute of Washington Breaks Ground on New Facility

On September 30, the Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) gathered the community to celebrate the start of construction on their new Performing Arts Center.

The first half of the ceremony was held at the Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights. DIW dancers brought visual delights, transporting the audience from the cares of the day with beautifully choreographed rhythmic and lyrical dances. The crowd was then led to the construction site by the African Heritage Drummers and Dancers, where the site was blessed and the ground turned over.

LISC’s partnership with DIW began in 2002 when they approached us after they had been awarded a plot of land in Columbia Heights. LISC supported their vision for the site, providing a $19,000 grant and a $56,000 recoverable grant for predevelopment activities. We are also providing a $400,000 construction loan and a $30,000 operating support grant.

The new center is located at 3400 14th Street, NW between Newton and Monroe Streets in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. The 16,000 square foot center will house the
Dance Institute’s dance, arts education, and youth programs and will also include a childcare center.

This move will enable the Dance Institute to expand from 350 to 700 students. They expect to open in fall 2006.