Magazine article Dance Teacher

"When You Touch, You're Connected."

Magazine article Dance Teacher

"When You Touch, You're Connected."

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-Jacques d'Amboise

"Would you join us?" said Jacques d'Amboise to a fifth-grader during a rare break in the action of a recent National Dance Institute class. "Because I love your dancing very much." Later, he singled out another child to demonstrate a particularly tricky routine. "You make a mistake and I'll take your shoes," he kidded in his gruff New York street accent. To help another child understand just how large a step was required for a particular movement, the 76-year-old founder of NDI laid down on the floor and challenged the boy to step high enough to clear his torso.

These particular fifth-graders may or may not be aware of d'Amboise's fame or the starring roles he danced in the Balanchine era. But by addressing the children individually and demanding excellence from the class, d'Amboise sets a standard for commitment in everything these kids do in their lives. Multiply this interaction by the 40,000 children NDI reaches each year, and you begin to understand the organization's impact. (For more about NDI, turn to page 52, where Artistic Director Ellen Weinstein demonstrates a sample movement from the NDI curriculum.)

The Dance Teacher photo shoot was not unlike the high-energy NDI class we had just observed. D'Amboise sent the school maintenance crew to find him a ladder. He wanted to raise photographer Matt Murphy to a vantage point where he could capture the entire group of eight NDI faculty members, a full class of fifth-graders and d'Amboise himself in a single frame. …

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