National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. Under the artistic direction of Ellen Weinstein and a staff of professional dancer/choreographers and musician/composers, NDI strives to reach every child, transcending barriers of language, culture, and physical challenges. Since it was founded in 1976 by New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d'Amboise, NDI has impacted the lives of over 2 million children.