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Nationally Acclaimed NYC Arts Leader Jacques d’Amboise Visits Triangle School

Founder of National Dance Institute and Arts Education Pioneer to Work with Area Children on Behalf of NC Arts in Action

Raleigh, NC, March 14, 2014 --( Jacques d’Amboise, acclaimed NYC Ballet principal dancer-choreographer and pioneering champion for arts education, will visit the Triangle Thursday, March 20 through Sunday, March 23 in support of NC Arts in Action, the local affiliate of his award-winning National Dance Institute program. Based on the teaching model made internationally famous by d’Amboise beginning in the mid-1970s, NC Arts in Action provides weekly in school and afterschool programs that use dance to help children build focus, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills.

During his visit, d’Amboise will spend time with fourth-grade students at Northside Elementary School in Chapel Hill who are participating in the NCAIA program, discussing how the power of dance can motivate all children – regardless of experience or special talent – toward personal excellence. He will perform twice at the school located at 350 Caldwell St. on March 20 at 1 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m.

While in the Triangle, Mr. d’Amboise will also meet at the NC Arts Council at 109 E. Jones St. with arts educators, representatives of arts organizations and arts supporters to discuss his journey in developing his National Dance Institute program at local, state and international levels. Guests will meet d'Amboise, participate in a discussion exploring his award-winning work, and discover the best practices for maintaining standards of excellence in arts education for children. A Q&A session will held at the NC Arts Council on March 21 at 11 a.m.

“Arts education programs such as NC Arts in Action play a key role in overall student development,” said Brandon Ives, board member with NC Arts in Action and managing partner at Brasco Design+Marketing. “We’re excited to have the legendary Jacques d’Amboise in the Triangle to visit with us.”

“The performances Jacques will provide fourth-graders at Northside Elementary will be priceless – children will laugh, get exercise, and have a blast,” said Marlon Torres, managing director of NC Arts in Action. “They realize that through dance, they’re building team communication, mutual respect, personal responsibility and other important skills needed for school and life.”

“North Carolina Arts in Action has really helped my teachers gain a different perspective on their students’ abilities and personalities,” said Star Sampson, principal of Holt Elementary School in Durham. "Studies suggest that children who participate in arts programs perform better academically, especially in low-performing schools, and that certainly matches our experience.”

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About Jacques d’Amboise:
Jacques d’Amboise is a MacArthur Fellow and Kennedy Center Honoree. Since its founding under his leadership in 1976, his National Dance Institute and its affiliates reach 45,000 children annually in the U.S. and around the world. A 1984 PBS documentary about his work for NDI, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’, earned an Academy Award, six Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the Golden Cine Award and the National Education Association Award for the advancement of learning through broadcasting. D’Amboise has received 13 honorary doctorates from various universities and the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton.

About North Carolina Arts in Action:
Founded in 2005, North Carolina Arts in Action (NC AIA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children through participation in the arts. As an affiliate of the National Dance Institute (NDI), NC AIA uses the award-winning teaching methodologies to inspire children to develop discipline, self-confidence and a sense of achievement, reaching a high standard of excellence and love of the performing arts. NC AIA believes in nurturing the whole child by setting the highest standards of excellence and engaging children in dance activities that challenge their minds, strengthen their bodies and nurture their self-esteem. NC AIA in-school performance residencies provide a level playing field for all children to succeed. For more information, visit
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