Annual Gala

Annual Gala 2018-03-20T14:30:30+00:00

National Dance Institute’s largest fundraiser of the year is its Annual Gala. Mirroring the theme NDI is infusing into all its classes throughout the New York City public school system this year, the theme for this year’s Gala is Dance Me a River. Since the dawn of time, rivers have enabled civilizations, built economies. and inspired dreams. They are a source of life to those who live along its banks as well as under its waters. This will provide a magical and meaningful backdrop to our beloved Annual Gala.

NDI’s Gala is a highlight of the Spring social calendar in New York City and raises $1.5 million in support of NDI’s award-winning arts education programs for thousands of children in New York City public schools each year. This eagerly-anticipated event will begin with a festive cocktail reception for its nearly 500 guests, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner punctuated by a spirited live auction, an honors presentation, and special performances by the children of National Dance Institute that will send guests’ spirits and hearts soaring!

6:00 p.m. – Cocktails
7:00 p.m. – Dinner, Honors, Performances, and Live Auction

You can place your orders online below OR you can mail or fax Gala Reply Card to:

National Dance Institute Gala Office
c/o Ruth C. Schwartz & Co.
1115 Broadway, Suite 1019 New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212.463.0684
Fax: 212.710.2601


The taxable portion of each table is $2,000.

$50,000 Amazon River Table
(VIP seating for 10)

$40,000 Nile River Table
(Premium seating for 10)

$25,000 Yangtze River Table
(Prime seating for 10)

$12,500 Hudson River Table
(Priority seating for 10)



The taxable portion of each ticket is $200.

$5,000 Amazon River Ticket
(VIP seating)

$4,000 Nile River Ticket
(Premium seating)

$2,500 Yangtze River Ticket
(Prime seating)

$1,250 Hudson River Ticket
(Priority seating)

$500 Danube River Ticket
Special Young Patron pricing (ages 21−40); limited quantity



Reserve by March 26, 2018.

$10,000 Centerfold Ad (color)
$7,500 Back Cover (color)
$5,000 Inside Front Cover (color) SOLD
$5,000 Inside Back Cover (color) SOLD
$2,500 Full Page (b&w)
$2,500 Full Page (b&w)
$1,500 Half Page (b&w)
$750 Quarter Page (b&w)

Download Gala Journal Ad Reservation Form here


Learn more about NDI’s StarChild Program here.

$25,000 Adopt a School
$10,000 Adopt a Class
$5,000 Make a DREAM Come True
$2,500 Keep the Music Playing
$1,000 Sponsor a Dancer

For more information, please contact NDI’s Senior Director of Development Michele O’Mara at 212.226.0083 or momara@nationaldance.org


Ziegfeld Ballroom
141 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Gala Sponsors