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Fall 2009

Vol 3, Issue 1


From the Artistic Director

PS 184 residency culminating performance, September, 2009 


Move over H1N1, the NDI "virus" is taking over New York City schools!  Last week, over 4,000 children took their first National Dance Institute class of the new  school year, and an infectious energy and excitement instantly permeated the hallways and classrooms in our thirty partner schools.

I am happy to welcome two new schools to the NDI family - PS 20 and PS 110, both on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Our program at Lighthouse International for dancers who are blind and visually impaired is in full swing, led by NDI Master Teacher Jenny Seham and assisted by NDI alumni extraordinaire.  I am so proud of the NDI graduates, who volunteer their Saturdays to nurture and guide these young dancers.
In September of this year I conducted a two-week residency at PS 184, a dual language Mandarin/English school in lower Manhattan. Since August, NDI teaching artists have led residencies in Ethiopia, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and Hunter Mountain in upstate New York. Through these activities, NDI continues to support quality arts programs for children throughout the country, around the world, and around the corner.
Everyone at NDI is excited and primed for a fantastic year ahead.  I hope to see you at one of our many events this season.

Most sincerely,

Ellen Weinstein
Artistic Director

NDI Jams!

  NDI Jams! On Sunday, September 13, dozens of NDI musicians and guests came together on stage at PS 41 in Greenwich Village for a concert benefiting the children and programs of National Dance Institute. Led by Music Director Jerome Korman, NDI Jams! showcased the amazing talents of NDI's staff musicians and featured performances by The Villa-Lobos Brothers, Roderick Jackson and friends, Ching Juhl and Chandra RuleSee photos

NDI children dance with Yo-Yo Ma

World Science FestivalOn Wednesday, June 10, NDI dancers had the opportunity to share the Alice Tully Hall stage with celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma, performing in the opening gala of the 2nd annual World Science Festival. The piece entitled "Ants" was choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Tracy Straus to accompany Yo-Yo Ma's rendition of the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite 1 in G. "Ants" was created to honor the achievements of Eduard O. Wilson as a pioneer in the field of sociobiology through his lifelong study of ant populations.  See photos.

In This Issue

From the Artistic Director

NDI Jams!

NDI children dance with Yo-Yo Ma

Celebration Team at Symphony Space
Saturday, November 14
2 PM
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Ice Cream Saturday
Family Event to Benefit NDI
Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM

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January-March, 2010
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March 8-18, 2010
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Monday, April 19, 2010
NDI's Annual Gala

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