Duke Ellington School of the Arts Dance Department in Washington, D.C. has been in existence since 1974. Ellington’s Dance Department has had the opportunity to perform in venues both nationally and internationally. We are honored to be members of the International Association of Blacks in Dance and have performed and participated in the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conferences in Dallas, Philadelphia, Denver, Canada, Washington, D.C., and California, the National High School Dance Festivals in Philadelphia, PA, and Miami, Florida.
The Dance Department has also traveled to Bermuda as a guest artist with the United Dance productions of Bermuda, China as a guest artist, and Russia for a two-month residency sponsored by a grant through D.C. Public Schools “Learning Through Dance.”
The Ellington dancers have also extended their talents to community outreach programs and professional organizations. Collaborative endeavors include The Executive Leadership Conferences, “Ballet on Wheels” with the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation; Ronald McDonald’s House for Children; North Carolina, Kinston Children’s Village Academy, St Paul’s Church for their “Missions Ministry”; Martin Luther King’s “Visions of the Future” and the Washington National Cathedral.