D I V I N E I N S P I R A T I O N S C E N T E R
F O R T H E A R T S
Capriece Piper; Founder and Executive Director
Divine Inspiration Inc's Founder & Executive Director Mrs. Capriece Piper is a long time advocate for the at risk, underprivileged, and youth fighting childhood obesity. The concept of our organization was born from her natural passion for the arts and the desire to participate in dance and arts programs as child but did not have the means or access to those opportunities.
Now she like many parents, want nothing more than to give our children all the possible opportunities the world can offer but many times those opportunities come at a hefty price tag. From the cost associated with extensive dance training, costume/recital fees, dance supplies, private lessons, travel cost, and that's just to name a few... one thing is certain; the arts can be expensive but with the launching of Divine Inspirations Center for the Arts - Home of Divine Dance Company we are making the arts affordable and accessible to all!
Zena Smith; Director of Programs
Mrs. Smith currently serves as the Director of Programs for the Divine Inspiration Center for the Performing Arts (DICA). At a young age, Mrs. Smith had a desire to serve the youth in her community. In high school, she was afforded the opportunity to do so. At the community center in her neighborhood, she was involved with the after-school mentoring and tutoring programs. This involvement become a foundation, which has taught her the importance of giving back to her community.
In 2015, her daughter joined the Divine Dance Company and Mrs. Smith became a supportive parent. After Mrs. Smith and her daughter completed their first season, she knew this was the organization where she can make a difference. Volunteering over the past seasons and extending her service where needed has become her trademark. Her goals are to help develop, support and communicate the organizational vision for success.
In 2001, Mrs. Smith received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force. Today, she continues to support the Department of Defense working as a government contractor in the National Capital Region.
Mrs. Smith enjoys spending time with her children, Tayler and Tyler and traveling the country with her husband Gregory.
Janaya Wilson; Majorette Head Coach
Under the mentorship of the Founder & Executive Director; Janaya (Coach JiJi), is one of Divine Inspiration’s leading choreographers and the head dance instructor for Divine Dance Company. She was the Captain of the organizations dance team in 2016 & 2017 and comes with a wealth of experience.
She was professionally trained by master instructors in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and modern dance for a duration of 8 years, winning National titles at sought show-style dance competitions such as Starquest, Starpower, and Platinum. Janaya aspires to be an entrepreneur in the field of the arts and strives to one day to
become a studio owner to continue to pay it forward in an impactful way!
Anastacia King; Ballet Instructor
Anastacia King was beyond excited to start her journey with Divine Inspirations for the 2019-2020 season. With 7 years of teaching experience and 22 years of classical ballet training with the Washington ballet and competitive dance companies, she believes it is an honor to be part of such an amazing organization that not only builds strong dancers but strong young ladies.
Alexis Gore; Executive Assistant
Alexis Brianna Gore is a Northern Virginia native. Ms. Gore participated in Color Guard in High School, praise danced in various churches from age 10 to 14, and has played the violin for 13 years. Currently obtaining a degree in Psychology, her ultimate career goal is to work in the field of Performing Arts that aligns with the skills and experience she has developed over the years. Along with this goal, her passion is giving back to her hometown of Northern Virginia and supporting efforts to help children across the globe.