National Dance Institute (NDI)

National Dance Institute, is a not-for-profit arts education organization founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise. Through in-school partnerships, workshops, and public performances, NDI uses dance as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them towards excellence.

NDI has been an important part of arts education at PS41 for many years. Our 3rd graders participate in a two-week intensive workshop and our 4th graders participate every week for one year culminating in a fantastic end of year performance.

Through NDI's distinctive dance programs, children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that carries over into all other aspects of their lives. NDI's teaching philosophy reflects the following beliefs: Dance should be accessible to all children. NDI programs are designed to reach every child, regardless of socio-economic background and physical abilities or challenges. The arts should be an integral part of every child's education.

NDI programs are conducted during the school day on school premises and incorporate multiple disciplines, both artistic and academic. The arts provide children with another perspective for learning. NDI programs spark children's interest by requiring their active participation and providing a focus for their energy. A performance goal inspires discipline, hard work and perserverance. NDI programs culiminate in performances and assemblies, which provide public affirmation of each child's personal accomplishment.

Excellence in teaching inspires excellence in student work. NDI teachers are professional dancers, choreographers, musicians, and visual artists who constantly challenge students to strive for excellence.