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Dance Institute of Washington Performance

2021 DIW pre-professionals posed on mansion back porticoSpend a summer evening in the gardens and enjoy a performance by the talented young students of the Dance Institute of Washington. 

The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is the leading minority-led, pre-professional dance equity organization in Washington, D.C. This performance by up-and-coming dancers ages 14-18 includes beloved works in DIW's repertoire.

Hillwood is pleased to welcome back DIW after a wonderful performance last summer. Hillwood's founder Marjorie Merriweather Post had a lifelong love of dance and served on the board of the Washington School of Ballet foundation. 

Program Timeline 

5:30-7 p.m. | Explore Hillwood

7-8 p.m. | Performance followed by Q & A on the Lunar Lawn 

8:30 p.m. | Hillwood closes 

Inclement Weather Plan 

If inclement weather occurs or is forecasted, we hope to livestream the evening's program. All ticket purchasers will be notified by 3 p.m.

Please note tickets are non-refundable.

About the Dance Institute of Washington

Six ballet students in fourth position, standing from tallest to shortest, courtesy of Dance Institute of WashingtonDance Institute of Washington (DIW) is the leading minority-led, pre-professional dance equity organization in Washington, D.C. DIW supports students from underserved communities, balancing artistic excellence at the highest level while building life-long skills and confidence through compassion, empowerment, academic discipline, emotional support and nutritional guidance. Through their innovative DIW Barnes Method, the industry’s proven model, DIW's efforts impact and inspire racial and economic equity in dance locally, nationally and across the globe.


Photos courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens and Dance Institute of Washington

1964 School of Ballet

1964 New Years greeting card sent to Marjorie Post May from the Washington School of Ballet. Post was a member of the School's foundation.