Jacques d'Amboise to Be Honored at McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival, 11/9
Palm Springs, Choreography Festival, Jacque D'Amboise, McCallum Theatre
The legendary choreographer Jacques d'Amboise, founder of the National Dance Institute, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the McCallum Theatre's 16th Annual Choreography Festival on Saturday, November 9th at 7pm. The Saturday night edition of the Choreography Festival also features eleven choreographers from across the nation who will compete for multiple awards and a paid engagement. An additional division of choreographers will be showcased on Sunday, November 10th at 4pm. The Choreography Festival this year is part of the first annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival, presented by the McCallum Theatre and the City of Palm Desert, and sponsored by Palm Springs Life magazine.
Recognized as one of the finest classical dancers of our time, Jacques d'Amboise now leads the field of arts education with a model program that exposes thousands of school children to the magic and discipline of dance. In 1976, while still a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Mr. d'Amboise founded National Dance Institute in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate individuals towards excellence.
Mr. d'Amboise has a previous association with the McCallum dating back to 1991 when he brought together 300 Coachella Valley youngsters under the auspices of the National Dance Institute to star in a "Broadway-styled" production of The Shooting of Dan McGrew, a dance spectacle based on a poem about the Yukon and development of the West.
His contributions in arts education have earned him numerous awards and honors including: The Governor's Award for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of New York State (1986); The Paul Robeson Award for excellence in the field of the humanities (1988); The First Annual Producers Circle Award for public service (1989); a 1990 MacArthur Fellowship: The Capezio Award (1990); The Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993); The Museum of the City of New York - $24 Award; The National Caring Award, The Caring Institute (1995); The Kennedy Center Honors (1995); NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award (1996); The National Medal of Arts (1998); The Dance Magazine Award (1999); Town Hall Friend of the Arts Award (2000); The Heinz Award (2001); People First Honoree, People Magazine (2002); The Arison Award (2002); The James Keller Youth Award, The Christophers (2002); The Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture (2004); induction into The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2007); The Children's Champion Award, Child Magazine (2007); The Vasterling Award for Artistic Vision and Excellence in Dance (2010); The Fred and Adele Astaire Award (2011); Dance Teacher Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award (2011); and The Nancy Hank Fellowship - Duke University.