On January 27, the National Dance Institute (NDI) presented “Art Nest: The DNA of Choreography” with choreographer Jacques d’Amboise. The performance, which was dedicated to Paul Szilard, featured principal dancers for the New York City Ballet Adrian Danchig-Waring, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Sterling Hyltin, Tiler Peck, Teresa Reichlen, and Daniel Ulbricht as well as members of the NDI teams. The audience relished the opportunity to see the choreographer in action!
d’Amboise established the NDI in 1976 after a career as a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet for 32 years. He is remembered for his performance in George Balanchine’s Apollo and has been honored with a variety of accolades, including the Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of the Arts, and the MacArthur Genius Award. Also, he was highlighted in a documentary, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’, and has starred in musicals such as Carousel and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
The NDI, which is located at 217 West 147th Street, has educated two million children since 1976—without charge. It serves as a beacon for those involved, encouraging the arts as well as a sense of community for children of all backgrounds.