As the Founding Director of Dance Institute of Washington, Fabian Barnes developed Washington Reflections Dance Company in 2003[1]. Barnes wanted to provide a professional dance company to inspire his students; providing the opportunity to dance professionally in Washington, DC. Reflections performed the works of many notable minority choreographers, toured internationally, performed at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and the Theatre at Riverside Church in New York City. The company closed in 2009.

Image: Fabian Barnes/Dance Institute of Washington

[1] “About DIW.” Dance Institute of Washington. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.