Harlem’s National Dance Institute (NDI), the non-profit arts education organization founded in 1976 by legendary New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise, will host its 42nd Annual Gala at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on Monday, April 30th. The Annual Gala is National Dance Institute’s largest fundraising event of the year, and raises $1.5 million annually in support of NDI’s award-winning arts education programs for thousands of children in New York City public schools.
This year NDI will honor Tony Award-winning dancer, singer, and actress, Bebe Neuwirth for her passionate support of dance and arts education. NDI will also honor long-time NDI supporter and Chairman of GFP Real Estate Jeffrey R. Gural. The event will begin with a festive cocktail reception for its nearly 500 guests, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner punctuated by a spirited live auction, an honors presentation, and special performances by the children of National Dance Institute that will send guests’ spirits and hearts soaring! The evening will be emceed by three-time Tony award nominee Terrence Mann.
Mirroring the curricular theme NDI is infusing into all its classes throughout the NYC public school system this year – Rivers – the theme for this year’s Gala is Dance Me a River. Since the dawn of time, rivers have enabled civilizations, built economies, and inspired dreams. They are a source of life to those who live along its banks as well as under its waters. Guests will be treated to an immersive experience!
Renowned ballet dancer and National Dance Institute founder Jacques d’Amboise; Tony Award winner dancer, singer, and actress, Bebe Neuwirth, Chairman of GFP Real Estate Jeffrey R. Gural, three-time Tony award nominee Terrence Mann, among others.
In support of National Dance Institute, this year’s Star Committee includes: actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Charlotte d’Amboise; composer and conductor David Amram; Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Cerveris; Glenn Close; Whoopi Goldberg; actress and writer Kathryn Grody; artist Red Grooms; actor and comedian Bill Irwin; Kevin Kline; Terrence Mann; author Ann Martin; Dance Theater of Harlem’s Arthur Mitchell; Mandy Patinkin; Chita Rivera; James Taylor; Tony Yazbeck; Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Desmond Richardson; former principal dancers Homer Bryant, Frank Ohman, Edward Villella, Wendy Whelan; American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston; and NYCB principal dancers Ashley Bouder, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joaquin De Luz, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Sterling Hyltin, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar, Teresa Reichlen, Daniel Ulbricht.
6:00 p.m. – Cocktails
7:00 p.m. – Dinner, Honors, Performances, and Live Auction
National Dance Institute Gala Office
c/o Ruth C. Schwartz & Co.
1115 Broadway, Suite 1019 New York, NY 10010
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