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National Dance Institute, Inc.

Inspiring children to excellence through the arts

aka NDI   |   New York, NY   |  www.nationaldance.org

Mission

National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d'Amboise, and leads the field of arts education with a model program that has been studied and replicated worldwide. At the root of NDI's methodology is the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and socio-economic positions, and motivate them toward excellence in all aspects of their lives.

Ruling year info

1977

Artistic Director

Kay Gayner

Executive Director

Jermaine Jones

Main address

217 West 147th Street

New York, NY 10039 USA

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EIN

13-2890779

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Dance (A62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A strong arts-integrated education has repeatedly been cited by experts in the field as having an immensely positive impact on children and their academic achievement, their social and emotional development, and their physical health and wellbeing. Group arts experiences help to foster positive social interactions and community. In February 2019, Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research reported that elementary school students who participate in arts educational experiences demonstrate substantially increased compassion for others. New York City (where NDI is headquartered) is renowned for its rich artistic and cultural heritage, but inequities in program delivery and opportunity plague our children, families, and communities. Far too many of our young people struggle to find meaningful interactions with the arts.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

In-School Program

The centerpiece of NDI’s programming is the In-School Program, our innovative, exuberant, and intellectually-engaging dance and music residency program through which we reach thousands of public school children across New York City each year. In NDI classes, children gain an understanding of the importance of practice, discipline, focus, and teamwork in achieving personal and collaborative success. Students learn the fundamentals of movement and music as they master and perform choreography with clarity, energy, and precision.

In each NDI class, students receive consistent support through individualized instruction from our professional teaching artists. Utilizing the NDI Method, teaching artists communicate their belief in each child’s ability by setting the bar high and ensuring that each child reaches it. Through the rigorous and joyful instruction of the In-School Program, children learn to work together, support one another, develop empathy, take risks, and persevere. Over the course of the program, children achieve authentic success and develop the confidence and positive self-image that can often change the trajectory of their lives. From classes to final performances, the In-School Program deeply roots the arts in a school's culture and builds vibrant learning communities in which children work and achieve together.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

In-School Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we served more children through synchronous and asynchronous virtual programming.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since our founding 48 years ago by Jacques d'Amboise, National Dance Institute (NDI) has transformed the lives of generations of children by providing access to rigorous, empowering, and immersive arts education programs at no cost to its students. Our acclaimed teaching method -- developed over decades to ensure success for every child -- is being implemented in schools throughout the city, nation, and world, and is heralded as an indispensable tool in the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children. At the root of NDI's methodology is the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and socio-economic positions, and motivate them toward excellence in all aspects of their lives. The tenets of social justice and racial equity have been embedded in NDI's teaching practice since our founding. In every class, these principles are at work as children learn to celebrate and amplify their diverse voices and lived experiences. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are values that are critical to NDI's identity, program development, and organizational culture. NDI strives for the day when all school children will have the arts as a vital component of their education, and is proud to be playing a leading role in this important endeavor.

NDI creates opportunities for children to participate in engaging experiences in the arts during their formative years. Through carefully constructed curricula, students build self-esteem and develop creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaborative skills, all the while steeped in dance and music immersion. Through the teaching of these skills, NDI equips children with the tools and motivation needed to achieve their personal best in all their endeavors. NDI aims to meet the following goals through our arts education programs: NDI aims to meet the following goals through our arts education programs: (1) To fill the arts education gap in schools and provide children with a well-rounded, arts-enriched education that supports their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. (2) To create a learning environment that honors the humanity of our young dancers, supporting students of all backgrounds and abilities. (3) To develop students' love of the arts. (4) To teach students the art of collaboration and to build the skills needed to work as a team. (5) To help students make a strong connection between the arts and their academic studies, so that they can use their NDI experience as a springboard to inspired learning, in the classroom and beyond. (6) To cultivate deep and meaningful partnerships with schools by collaborating with administrators and educators to embed the arts into a school's culture and curriculum. (7) To help students build the confidence and skills necessary to achieve their personal best in school and beyond.

NDI founder Jacques d'Amboise is recognized as one of the finest classical dancers of our time. He has provided infinite talent, vision, and inspiration to NDI since our first day in 1976 and every day since. Starting in 1985, Jacques has worked alongside NDI Artistic Director emerita Ellen Weinstein and our current Artistic Director Kay Gayner, who now shapes, guides, and stewards the artistic vision upon which NDI was founded with Executive Director Jermaine Jones. National Dance Institute has a dedicated and engaged 33-person board of directors, many of whom are long-term NDI ambassadors, advocates, and even alums. They are directly involved with planning, operations oversight, finance, governance, and fundraising. Additionally, we have a total of 93 administrative staff members, teaching artists, and musicians, who are on the front lines of extraordinary program delivery.

NDI addresses inequities in resources and opportunities by providing access to the highest quality arts education to children. NDI's programs serves 6,500 children in 50 partner schools from all corners of New York City. These children represent a culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse group, with approximately 75% identifying as students of color. More than half of our students qualify for the federal free lunch program (an indicator of low income) and over half of our partner schools receive Title I funding. Affirming our belief that the arts should be accessible to all, NDI's programs also serve children with a wide range of disabilities and medical diagnoses. National Dance Institute is an inclusive community where diversity is power, differences are embraced, and the vulnerable and marginalized uplift their voices. We utilize culturally responsive and equitable teaching practices, continually implementing new strategies to best support our students and ensure that children of all races, genders, abilities, and other identities feel seen and celebrated. For over four decades, NDI's programs have successfully harnessed the power of the arts to engage and empower generations of children to achieve their greatest potential. Our arts education programming is unlike any other of its kind: a unique, proven teaching methodology that uses dance, music, and movement to instill in children skills vital to their development, such as creative and critical thinking, teamwork, perseverance, communication, and empathy. When reflecting on their experiences at NDI, one of our alumni recently shared: "NDI was my social development sandbox, transforming me from a shy, quiet boy to a powerful presence on the stage, and, now an adult, an active, contributing citizen of my local community. As a parent I now fully understand that investing in a child through the performing arts is the difference between someone who grows up to be a spectator, or an active participant in life." Through every run, jump and leap, we see the tremendous impact of our programs on our children, and we are moved by their extraordinary growth as they exude the self-confidence, passion for learning, and commitment to excellence that will prepare them for success, both in school and in life.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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National Dance Institute, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marc Solomon

The Solomon Organization

Deborah Colson

Colson Law PLLC

Sari Chang Guthrie

Jacobs Chang Architecture

Kerry Sperling Moelis

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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