"New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents National Dance Institute: Harlem Night Song on Sunday, March 11 at 3:00pm in the Victoria Theater.The spectacular young dancers of National Dance Institute's Celebration Team arrive at NJPAC with Harlem Night Song, a vibrant production that celebrates the work of legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Florence Mills, Jacob Lawrence and Héctor Lavoe."
Malika Lee Whitney, producer and host, invited Traci Lester, Executive Director, on the show to talk about NDI’s upcoming programming in 2018.
"A $1 million gift from the Josh and Judy Weston Family Foundation will underwrite the National Dance Institute Celebration Team in the coming years, enabling children to perform at venues across New York City."
"Today, he's creating new generations of dance lovers through the National Dance Institute. He founded the program in 1976 out of a desire to teach dance to public school students. Now led by Ellen Weinstein, NDI reaches 6,500 students every week, not only in New York City, but across the country and even in international cities like Shanghai. And d'Amboise's dream of inspiring others through the art form he loves so much continues as strong as ever."
"One person I often think of to get through the rough parts of a race is Jacques d'Amboise. In 1976, the New York City Ballet principal dancer ran the marathon the very first year that the course covered all five boroughs of New York City, according to The New Yorker. He trained for it without telling George Balanchine, mostly by running around the Central Park reservoir."
"Jacques d’Amboise is a legend and a hero not only in New York but around the country and throughout the world. He wants each child to succeed, and he has created an environment that helps them excel. His goal is pure and simple – instilling the desire in kids to be the best that they can be. What better way to do this than through dance?"
"Former New York City Ballet star and legend of the dance world, Jacques d’Amboise knows how to throw a party. A week ago Monday night, stars from Broadway and film rolled into the National Dance Institute’s Harlem Learning and Arts Center for a new performance in the Jacques’ Art Nest series: Songs I’ve Sung On Broadway… And One I Wish I Had. The performance was both a benefit for NDI and a celebration of dance and arts education."
"Glenn Close, Norm Lewis, and more celebrated the National Dance Institute October 16 at their annual fall benefit. Hosted by NDI founder Jacques d’Amboise, the stars performed alongside children from across New York City in Songs I’ve Sung on Broaway… and One I Wish I Had."
"Join Harlem resident Traci Lester, new executive director of Harlem-based National Dance Institute (NDI), with host Danny Tisdale, on The Danny Tisdale Show as they discuss Lester’s journey from a former elementary school teacher to an executive director, balancing her life as a successful executive, a mom and more."
Can arts teach the life skills to children? "Good Day Street Talk" WNYW interview with Traci Lester, Executive Director at National Dance Institute that aired on September 23, 2017.