Institute (4th & 5th Grade After School Program)
NDI was founded
in 1976 by Jacques d'Amboise, principal dancer with the New York City
Ballet, in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children
and motivate them toward excellence. NDI programs are exuberant, athletic,
intellectually engaging, and unlike any other programs of their kind.
Currently in 35 partner schools in the NYC metro area, NDI works with more
than 5,000 children each week in grades Pre-K through high school. The
majority of these programs take place during the school day, as an integral
part of curriculum. Each NDI class is led by a Master Teacher/Choreographer,
an Assistant Teacher, and a Musician — all professional artists who have
trained extensively in NDI’s unique teaching methodology. The team serving P.S. 10 this year consists of Bianca Johnson (Master Teacher), Andrew Sakaguchi
(Co-Teacher), and Benet Braun (Musician/Pianist and Composer).
Every Wednesday at P.S. 10
throughout the school year, the NDI team will lead two, 45-minute dance classes
for up to 30 children, primarily in 4th and 5th grades.
These classes are highly athletic, rigorous, and joyful. Children begin
the year learning fundamentals of dance by mastering dynamic, theatrical
choreography and performing it with clarity, energy, and precision.
Through discipline, effort, and teamwork, children achieve excellence both as
individuals and an ensemble, and they hone critical and creative thinking
skills as their dance skills develop.
As the year progresses,
children focus on the power of dance and music to express meaning, impact
audiences, and build community. Through a program-wide curricular theme,
NDI introduces children to new cultures and big ideas, engendering in them
an abiding curiosity about the world and their place in it, and this year, NDI
celebrates the great city of New Orleans. The NDI team will create
original pieces of choreography inspired by the unique and vibrant
culture, music, and history of New Orleans, and children will perform
these dances in culminating performance celebrations presented to the
entire school and to families in an evening assembly.