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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun May 04, 2003 6:13 am ]
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U Street tribute is big step for troupe
By Jean Battey Lewis for The Washington Times

Fabian Barnes founded Dance Institute of Washington in 1987 to provide dance training for city children. When he began, his program was modest and his commitment part-time. In those early years, I remember him working with neophyte students for a small public showing, rehearsing in a tiny church basement, with his young dancers trying to maneuver around large pillars.

In the past few years, DIW has made powerful strides forward. Counting summer dance programs and classes held in two inner-city schools, about 800 students are taught by DIW each year.

Next week, DIW launches its most ambitious venture: Washington Reflections Dance Project, a professional company of six dancers that includes students who have graduated from DIW as well as professional dancers recently recruited.

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Author:  corrival [ Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:12 am ]
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Reflections: A Good First Impression
Washington Post
Friday, October 10, 2003; Page C04
Washington's got a new modern dance company, Reflections. Founded by Fabian Barnes, who is best known for bringing classical dance training to Washington's urban youth, Reflections promotes itself as Washington's contribution to African American dance. The company made a solid start Wednesday at the Lincoln Theatre in its second area appearance.

Author:  corrival [ Mon Oct 27, 2003 5:12 pm ]
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Standing Up for Dance
Monday, October 27, 2003; Page C03
Surely, we thought, the American Dance Institute's "Kick Up Your Heels" gala would be a fancy-footwork extravaganza. So, why was hardly anyone swinging at Saturday's soiree? "I'm one of those introverted dancers," laughed Executive Director Michael Bjerknes. "I only dance onstage."

Author:  corrival [ Mon Aug 09, 2004 11:35 am ]
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Reflections Company Gets Physical at the Lincoln
Washington Post
Monday, August 9, 2004; Page C02
Lisa Traiger

"That Fabian Barnes has got himself a dance company!" one satisfied ticket buyer proclaimed loudly at intermission.

Indeed. Barnes, a former Dance Theatre of Harlem soloist who founded an inner-city dance training program more than 15 years ago, last fall formed Washington Reflections Dance Company. With a dozen sleek and steely dancers, this fledgling company had no trouble winning approval from the spare but vocal Lincoln Theatre audience Friday night.

Author:  kurinuku [ Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:38 am ]
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Finding the Beat in 'I Have a Dream'
by GIA KOURLAS for the New York Times

But his company, seen at Dance Theater Workshop on Friday, isn't merely a community project. It is a high-quality venture, with 10 admirably skilled members. The problem was the redundant choreography, which generally featured performers poised in spotlights, executing more meaningless gestures than actual steps.

published: June 27, 2005

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