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Jacques d'Amboise: pied piper of dance

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Jacques d'Amboise, 80, is the founder of the National Dance Institute. He started teaching in 1975. NDI takes on 4th and 5th graders in New York City schools, instilling art, discipline, teamwork and wonder in more than 2 million students along the way. Each school year culminates in an elaborate performance.

D'Amboise knows something about excellence. He was principal dancer for the New York City Ballet with so much talent. Legendary choreographer George Balanchine actually created ballets specifically for d'Amboise to perform.

The Washington Heights native would take his talents into improving the lives of children across New York City.

Even in brief moments, d'Amboise jumps to use dance to instill culture, history, and literature. Here is a phenomenal fact: not a single student drops out of NDI.

D'Amboise says he has not danced professionally in decades. Although even at 80, he couldn't sit still during our interview, expressing emotions through movement. Dance has taken a toll on his body. As for his soul, that's an entirely different matter.

 

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