New York City Council Member Gale A. Brewer (D-06) joins the Children of the National Dance Institute with Jacques d’Amboise’s son and daughter, Christopher d’Amboise and Charlotte d’Amboise, for the unveiling of Jacques d ‘Amboise Place in Manhattan at the northwest corner of West 64th Street and Columbus Avenue across from Lincoln Center in New York City. Credit: Eduardo Patino. New York
Three festive events over 30 days pay tribute to Jacques d’Amboise for his contribution to the transformative power of the arts
A street in New York has been named in commemoration of the life and achievements of Jacques d’Amboise, legendary ballet dancer and founder of the arts education organization national institute of dance (NDI). The northwest corner of West 64th Street and Columbus Avenue in front of New York’s Lincoln Center now displays the name of Jacques d’Amboise Place. The ceremony took place next to the New York City Ballet where Mr. d’Amboise lived for 35 years. Mr. d’Amboise passed away just over a year ago, leaving a legacy of children around the world’s access to the joy and transformative power of the arts through NDI, the organization he founded there. 46 years ago.
The New York City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee voted unanimously to name the street after Jacques d’Amboise after more than 100 signatures from students, parents, organizations, educators , actors, artists, dancers and producers whose lives have been inspired by M. .d’Amboise. The ceremony, which took place at Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza, included remarks from NDI Artistic Director Kay Gayner; Gale Brewer, New York City Council member (D-06); Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director of New York City Ballet; Daniel Ulbricht, principal dancer of New York City Ballet; and Christopher d’Amboise, son of Mr. d’Amboise and former principal dancer and choreographer of the New York City Ballet. The children of NDI paid homage to Mr. d’Amboise with two performances, “When the Saints Enter the March” and “Dance in the Street”.
“Jacques d’Amboise leaves behind a wonderful legacy that inspires artists to maintain Manhattan’s reputation as a world center for music, dance, theater and the visual arts. Jacques understood the transformative power, emotion and joy of dance, and the National Institute of Dance grew – indeed by leaps and bounds – to reach more than two million Harlem children in countries around the world,” said Council Member (D-06) Gale A. Brewer. “Jacques’ legacy – and this street co-naming – inspires us all to continue working together to ensure that every child in this city can access quality arts programming,” she added.
Mr. d’Amboise was one of the most influential dancers of the 20th century. He joined the New York City Ballet in 1949 and performed until his retirement in 1984. As a protege of George Balanchine, Mr. d’Amboise had more works choreographed especially for him than any other dancer. He is best remembered for his performance of “Apollo”, the oldest Balanchine ballet in the New York City Ballet’s repertoire. While still a principal dancer, Mr. d’Amboise established the National Institute of Dance in 1976. He led the field of arts education with NDI’s acclaimed program that teaches magic, rigor and the joy of dance and performance. Since its inception, NDI has reached more than two million children worldwide.
The street baptism to celebrate Mr. d’Amboise is the first of three events in May and June 2022 to honor his life and work. The Historic Monuments Preservation Center will install a cultural medallion in honor of Jacques d’Amboise on the site of his former residence at 2601 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. The ceremony will be hosted by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, founder and president of the Historic Monuments Preservation Center and creator of the cultural medallion program. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel was recently named a member of President Biden’s advisory committee on the arts. To register for Dedication Jacques d’Amboise Cultural Medallion event to be held LIVE on Zoom, Monday, May 16, 2022, 3 p.m. EST, visit https://rsvp.theworldsbest.events/_01gm0.
The third celebratory event, A commemorative celebration of the life of Jacques d’Amboise, will be held at New York City Center on June 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST. The star-studded celebration will be an evening to remember Mr. d’Amboise and will include performances and commentary from many of his contemporaries, principal dancers from the New York ballet, children from the National Dance Institute, actors and actresses from the theater music and family members. . Those paying tribute to Mr. d’Amboise include Christopher and Charlotte d’Amboise, Vicki Reiss, Daniel Ulbricht, Liz Larsen & Sal Viviano, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tiler Peck & Roman Mejia, Chita Rivera and many more.
The Amboise Family requests that all donations in Jacques’ memory be made to his beloved Institut National de la Danse. the Jacques d’Amboise Heritage Fund was created to support artistic projects that honor its vision, creativity and commitment to arts education. General admission tickets will be available on a first-come basis on the NDI website https://nationaldance.org as of May 12, 2022.
Mr. d’Amboise’s work with the Institut national de la danse has earned him national and international notoriety. He was featured in the documentary, It makes me want to dance, which won an Oscar and a Primetime Emmy Award. He received the MacArthur ‘Genius Award’, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts and many more notable awards for his lifetime achievements. In addition, Mr. d’Amboise was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
About the National Institute of Dance
The National Institute of Dance uses dance and music to instill in students a love of the arts, a passion for learning, and a desire to strive for their best. At the core of NDI’s methodology is the belief that the arts have the unique power to engage all children, regardless of background, ability, or socioeconomic status, and to motivate them toward excellence.
Each year, NDI delivers its award-winning arts and learning programs to more than 6,000 public school children per week throughout New York City and reaches thousands more through 12 NDI Associate Programs across United States. For more information, visit NDI online at nationaldance.orgon Twitter @NationalDance, Facebook and instagram @NationalDanceInstitute; and Youtube and LinkedIn @National Institute of Dance.
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