National Dance Institute Celebrates New Orleans at Symphony Space Today

National Dance Institute Celebrates New Orleans at Symphony Space Today

Symphony Space's 2013-14 Just Kidding season continues today, October 19th at 2pm with a return performance by the National Dance Institute (NDI) Celebration Team.This year's performance features choreography from NDI's signature Event of the Year, "The Big Easy: NDI Celebrates New Orleans."

More than 70 children, under the direction of Mary Kennedy, will present a joy-filled performance of music and dance, celebrating the people and traditions that make up the city of New Orleans. The music of Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and David Amram and other classics will accompany the dancers. Celebration Team dancers (ages 9 to 15), and First Team dancers (ages 4 and 5) will inspire the Just Kidding audience with their performances.

NDI's Celebration Team has performed every season at Symphony Space since 2006, and their shows always attract a full house. "We are thrilled to be returning to Symphony Space for a 7th year, and grateful that they share our mission in providing the highest quality arts programming to children," said Ellen Weinstein, NDI's artistic director.

Jacques D'Amboise, legendary principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, founded National Dance Institute in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. NDI strives to reach all children, regardless of background or ability, through its multidisciplinary programs. Since its founding in 1976, NDI has impacted the lives of more than 2 million children.

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