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The NDI Mission: To Motivate Children National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d'Amboise with the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. Each year, the programs of NDI inspire thousands of children, reaching across social, ethnic, and economic boundaries and including children facing physical and emotional challenges. Using professional artists and a distinctive combination of dance classes, performances, and educational materials, NDI fosters a love of the arts, a pride of achievement, and a curiosity about the world in all of the children that it touches. Our programs help children understand the hard work and dedication necessary to achieve success, a lesson they are able to apply to all aspects of their lives.
NDI reaches children of all ethnic and economic boundaries in schools across New York City and Jersey City, as well as nationally through residency and affiliated programs. NDI's teaching philosophy reflects the following beliefs: Dance should be accessible to all children, regardless of socio-economic background and physical abilities or challenges. The arts should be an integral part of every child's education. NDI programs are conducted during the school day on school premises and incorporate multiple disciplines, both artistic and academic. The arts provide children with another perspective for learning. NDI programs spark children's interest by requiring their active participation and providing a focus for their energy. A performance goal inspires discipline, hard work, and perseverance. NDI programs culminate in performances and assemblies, which provide public affirmation of each child's personal accomplishment. Excellence in teaching inspires excellence in student work. NDI teachers are professional dancers, choreographers, musicians, and visual artists who constantly challenge students to strive for excellence.
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