#DanceCharityOfTheWeek: The Power of the Arts- National Dance Institute
May 1st, 2018 by Richie Kormos
Children grow up sitting in classrooms, restless, so wouldn’t it be better to put some of their excess energy into something beautiful? The National Dance Institute provides access to dance and the arts to all children. They don’t allow the child’s ability, background or economic status prevent them from fulfilling their full potential. Or from having fun, which makes them an amazing #DanceCharityOfTheWeek.
Engagement and Creativity
The National Dance Institute (NDI), was founded by Jacques d’Amboise, a New York City Ballet dancer, in 1976. Since its inception, the NDI has helped more then 2 million children. At about 38,000 kids every year (globally), and over 6,500 children in New York City alone. The program provides weekly dance classes, along with performances for dancers to help develop dance abilities, self-confidence, and self-discipline. 83% of the NDI teachers believed that students involved in the program were more engaged and creative in their other school classes. Those kind of results really show that the program is making a difference not just in their personal lives.
NDI has had 1,500 educators since the program started that have helped lead 180 performances, yearly, at New York City Public Schools, reaching over 22,000 audience members. Within the NDI umbrella there are six separate programs; NDI Center Classes, School Partnerships, International Partnerships, Scholarship Programs, Dancers with Disabilities, and Associates of NDI (ANDI).
Take a Class
Classes at the Center (located on W 147th St, New York, NY) are offered over the Summer for kids as young as Kindergarten. Classes range from FREE to $300 for 2 or 12 week sessions. If you cannot afford the $300 price tag. There are also need-based scholarships as well as The Valerie Diker ‘Come Dance With Us’ Scholarship. For more information on the scholarships, you can call Christina Aguirre at (212) 226-0083.
If you want to help out, you can donate to help further dance education by donating online at: https://nationaldance.networkforgood.com/projects/37186-ndi. We are so proud of all of the work the National Dance Institute has done to help better the lives of children everywhere!
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Alyssa Denton is a writer for StarQuest. She loves Disney, iced lattes, and French Fries!