2012 Event of the Year
Inner Visions: A Celebration of
Stevie Wonder

Starring over
250 Children of National Dance Institute

Directed by
Bianca Johnson

June 16-18, 2012

More than 250 children of National Dance Institute presented a joy-filled performance of music and dance in NDI’s 2012 Event of the Year - Inner Visions:  A Celebration of Stevie Wonder. Directed by NDI Master Teaching Artist and Alumna Bianca Johnson, Inner Visions was a reflection of Stevie Wonder’s life and the key moments that inspired his groundbreaking music.  The show featured original choreography set to classics including Uptight; Sir Duke; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Overjoyed; and For Once in My Life.   Inner Visions featured a special appearance by the 11-year-old piano protégé Matthew Whitaker.  Performances were accompanied by a live orchestra and chorus under the direction of Jerome Korman.  Featured musicians included vocalists Chanda Rule and Gregory Stamper, and select singers of Youth Pride Chorus.  Inner Visions was made possible with support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The 2012 Event of the Year also celebrated NDI’s long-standing partnership with the The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse International with an original dance, Pastime Paradise, featuring blind and visually-impaired dancers partnered with NDI Alumni and Interns.   Said director Bianca Johnson, “Lighthouse International was the place where I was first introduced to NDI as a sighted guide for blind and visually-impaired dancers.  I am honored to have them be part of this Event, for these are the children who inspired me to become a teaching artist so many years ago.”

Inner Visions was the culmination of NDI’s yearlong celebration of Stevie Wonder that introduced his life and music to more than 40,000 children and members of their communities throughout New York City.  Says Johnson, “It has been such a thrilling experience to share Wonder’s music and legacy with the children of NDI.  His life is a prime example of why every child deserves the opportunity to connect to the magic of the arts.  In its 35th year, NDI has once again shown thousands of dancers all over New York City that nothing is impossible!”

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations worldwide.  The firm is New York City’s largest bank and largest private employer with its global headquarters building located in midtown Manhattan.  JPMorgan Chase is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity.  Chase serves New York City consumers and businesses through more than 370 branches and 1,800 ATMs.  The firm has supported the National Dance Institute for more than 10 years.