Dancing Into the Future: National Dance Institute (NDI) and China
An evening of film, dance, and discussion with Jacques d'Amboise, Founder of National Dance Institute; Shirley Young, Chairperson of the U.S.-China Cultural Institute; and Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society; with a performance by the children of National Dance Institute.
In the shadow of Shanghai's economic boom, the film follows four children of migrant worker families and their involvement in "Dancing Into the Future: I can too!," the ground-breaking program using NDI's arts education pedagogy for the social development of children.
Delight in the performance of NDI children who have learned Chinese dance as part of this U.S.-China collaboration.
National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by Jacques d'Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence.
Each year, NDI transforms the lives of tens of thousands of New York City public school children and their communities through weekly classes, short-term residencies, and public performances. Under the artistic direction of Ellen Weinstein and a staff of professional teaching artists, programs are offered to all children, transcending barriers of language, culture, and physical and cognitive challenges. Children learn to work together and develop personal standards of excellence, a pride of achievement, and a curiosity about the world that supports their success in school and in life.