NDI @ Speyer

Starting in Kindergarten, students participate in dance once a week, led by a master choreographer, a musician accompanist, and an assistant from the National Dance Institute (NDI), an internationally-recognized arts education organization that was founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise. Focusing on both physical and emotional well-being of our students, dance teaches the fundamentals of movement, spacial awareness, coordination, the importance of discipline and focus, and creative expression.

Speyer is the only independent school in partnership with NDI, and the teaching artists from NDI have developed a unique dance curriculum specifically for Speyer. An annual curricular theme allows integration with what the students are learning in other disciplines; prior themes have been New Orleans, Poetry, Rivers, and Harlem. This year-long dance study leads up to a Lower School performance for the entire Speyer community and parents.

In addition, at the end of the each school year, NDI awards two Speyer fourth graders with five-year scholarships to continue with their dance studies at the NDI Center in Harlem.  Previous recipients of this scholarship have performed all over the New York area, including at Carnegie Hall and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

To learn more about the National Dance Institute, click here.