Gala at French Embassy Celebrates "25 Years, 25 Lives"
WASHINGTON, DC - In celebration of The Dance Institute of Washington's (DIW) 25th Anniversary, community leaders, sponsors and students gathered to celebrate "25 Years, 25 Lives" at the Embassy of France on November 29, 2012. For 25 years, DIW has provided performing arts education to underserved communities with the mission to give every child and teen the opportunity for a brighter future, enriched by dance. DIW was founded in 1987 by Fabian Barnes, a former soloist dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Hosted by WUSA9 Anchor JC Hayward, the gala celebrated Arthur Mitchell, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, The Dance Theatre of Harlem with the Visionary Artist of Honor Award, and Reginald Van Lee, Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton with the Philanthropic Leader of Honor Award. Also in attendance were DIW alumni, dance students and the Positive Directions Through Dance Program Youth. In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama honored the Positive Directions Through Dance Program with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
Virginia Johnson, artistic director, Dance Theatre of Harlem (center) with event guests.
For more information on the Dance Institute of Washington, visit www.danceinstitute.org.