The Future of National Dance Institute is Now

For more than three decades, National Dance Institute (NDI) dreamed of a permanent home…a place where children, families, teachers and artists from New York City and around the world could come together in the celebration and advancement of the arts and arts education. That dream has become a reality.

In October of 2011, NDI cut the ribbon to its new home – the National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts – at 217 West 147th Street, in Harlem. This 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility includes a performance space, three dance and music studios, two galleries, and administrative offices in the previously abandoned public elementary school PS 90.

Returning this historic site to a place of learning, vibrancy and joy, NDI has already welcomed thousands of children, their families and community members to classes, performances, lectures, screenings and more since its opening.

Through the extraordinary support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and the City of New York, National Dance Institute has raised nearly 80% of its $20 million capital campaign goal.

You can help us reach 100%!

We invite you to become part of a future that ensures that more and more children will have access to the very best of the arts. At NDI, we know that when you surround children with the best, they grow up to be the best, and give back the best.

Please join us as we forge a path to fulfilling the promise in all children.

Funding the Future of NDI

The following funds have been established to provide for program growth and innovation, and to secure NDI’s long-term sustainability. It is these funds that will allow us to inspire future generations of children to strive toward excellence.

  • The Arts and Learning Program Fund will allow for the expansion of NDI’s eight core program areas including the In-School Program, out-of-school programs, programs for children with special needs, and Teaching Artist Training.
  • The Legacy Fund will secure the legacy of our founder through its support of new and innovative arts programming.

  • The Building Reserve, Operating Reserve and Working Capital Funds will strengthen the general operations of the organization as well as ensure the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the NDI Center.

Please be part of National Dance Institute’s future.

For further information about the Capital Campaign including naming opportunities, or for a tour of the
National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts, contact Traci Lester, Executive Director,
tlester@nationaldance.org or 212-226-0083.




Why I Give.
Capital Campaign Supporters

as of April 18, 2016

Angels’ Circle
($5,000,000 and above)
The Foundation to Promote Open Society

Visionaries’ Circle
($1,000,000 to $4,999,999)
Goldman Sachs
Urban Investment Group
The Howard Gilman Foundation
L+M Development Partners
McCormack Baron Salazar
Madaleine Berley and
Arnold S. Penner
Judy and Josh Weston

Founders’ Circle
($500,000 to $999,999)
Valerie and Charles Diker
The Kresge Foundation

Directors’ Circle
($100,000 to $499,999)
Anonymous
The City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs,
in partnership with
New York City Council and
Manhattan Borough President
Stuart H. Coleman
Daphna and Gerald Cramer
Nili and Nathaniel de Rothschild
Susan and John Fullerton
Paula and Jeffrey Gural
The Heckscher Foundation
for Children
Kathy and Joe Mele
Kerry and Ron Moelis
Helen Stambler Neuberger and
Jim Neuberger
Susan and Donald Newhouse
The Pinkerton Foundation

Choreographers’ Circle
($50,000 to $99,999)
Jennie and Richard K. DeScherer
Ketty and François Maisonrouge

Dancers’ Circle
($25,000 to $49,999)
The Barker Welfare Foundation
Edith and Jonathan Fassberg
Julie and Jon Landau
Anya Herz Shiva and
Dr. Andrew Shiva
The Winston Foundation

Musicians’ Circle
($10,000 to $24,999)
Lauren B. Cramer
Deborah Colson and Mark Diker
Carol and Robert D. Krinsky
Mary Tyler Moore and
Dr. S. Robert Levine
Jenny Morgenthau
Beth Kobliner Shawand
David E. Shaw
Glenn Close and David Shaw
Cathy and Marc Solomon
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl L. Spielvogel
Barbara and Donald Tober

Artists’ Circle
($5,000 to $9,999)
Cherilyn and Dufftin Garcia
Muna and Basem Hishmeh
Ellen Weinstein and Eric John
Louise Klebanoff
Yvonne and Leslie Pollack
Nancy Rosenfeld
Ruth Schwartz, Liz Hinden &
the Jane Schwartz Foundation
Linda Singer and Louis Klein, Jr.
Tracy Straus
The Weininger Foundation

Patrons’ Circle
($1,000 to $4,999)
Arlene C. Cooper
The Harkness Foundation
for Dance
Alexandra and Jay Langner
Eleanor Shakin
Shining Sung
Eva-Maria and Hans Tausig

Friends’ Circle
(Up to $999)
Peter Bartholomaus
Susan Bokan
Anna and Bohdan Bushell
Trudy Chan
Barbara Cohen
Louise Kerz Hirschfeld and
Lewis B. Cullman
Kelly and Christopher d'Amboise
Jacques d'Amboise
Barbara and Robert Freedman
Margot L. Levinson and
John Gantz
Karen Gutch
Rosemary Carey and Ed Hynes
Jacynth Paterson Orridge
Lois and Richard Pace
Mike Pitsikoulis
Miriam K. Reines
Anne Saidman
Robert A. Schulman
Seran Trehan