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National Dance Institute (NDI) Annual Gala

National Dance Institute (NDI) Annual Gala


National Dance Institute (NDI)


PlayStation Theater | West 44th St at Broadway
New York, NY


Monday, April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm



National Dance Institute (NDI)



Honorary Chairs: Alec & Hilaria Baldwin

Emcee: Tony award winning actor and comedian Bill Irwin

WHAT:                  National Dance Institute (NDI), the non-profit arts education organization founded in 1976 by legendary New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise, will host its 41st Annual Gala at PlayStation Theater in New York City. The Annual Gala is National Dance Institute’s largest fundraising event, with all proceeds benefitting NDI’s award-winning arts education programs.

This year NDI will honor multi-platinum, international recording artist, songwriter and actor Josh Groban for his passionate support of arts education. The evening will be emceed by Tony award winning actor and comedian Bill Irwin followed by a live auction introduced by actor Alec Baldwin, as well as performances by NDI’s young dancers, showcasing the mission, essence, and culture of the program and this year’s theme, Harlem. Additional honorees include long-time NDI Board member, Arnold S. Penner and his wife, Madaleine Berley.

Jacques founded NDI in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage all children and motivate them toward excellence —regardless of background, ability, or socio-economic status.  Through NDI's engaging programs, which have been replicated around the world, students learn the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and respect.  NDI delivers its immersive arts education programs to more than 6,500 children per week throughout New York City schools and thousands more across the county though 12 associate programs, and internationally with a robust exchange program in Shanghai, China. Since its founding, NDI has impacted the lives of over two million children…free of charge.

WHO:                    Legendary ballet dancer and National Dance Institute founder Jacques d’Amboise; multi-platinum, international recording artist, songwriter and actor Josh Groban; Alec & Hilaria Baldwin; Tony Award winning actor Bill Irwin; Broadway actress Charlotte d’Amboise; three-time Tony award nominee Terrence Mann, and more guests to be announced.


In support of National Dance Institute, this year’s Star Committee includes: actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; composer and conductor David Amram; Harry Belafonte; Michael Cerveris, Glenn Close; Charlotte d’Amboise; Whoopi Goldberg, actress and writer Kathryn Grody; Terrence Mann; Brian Stokes Mitchell; Mandy Patinkin; Chita Rivera; Tony Yazbeck; American Ballet Theatre dancer Isabella Boylston; and New York City Ballet Dancers Daniel Ulbricht, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Ashley Bouder, and Jared Angle.

WHERE:                 PlayStation Theater | West 44th St at Broadway, New York, NY 10036

WHEN:                   Monday, April 24, 2017

 6pm cocktails | 7pm seated dinner, live auction and performances

**5:30PM Media Check In

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