Attend a Workshop with Dance Legend Jacques d’Amboise

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May 21, 2014 by Nicole

The Center for Contemporary Dance is incredibly excited to host two dance workshops led by celebrated dancer, arts educator and founder of the National Dance Institute (NDI), Jacques d’Amboise.
“Dance is one of the first building blocks in taking control over your own life. When children learn to dance, they’re taking the first step toward learning how to control how they move in the universe and time.” – Jacques d’Amboise

“Hosting accomplished dance educators with vast industry experience is an important component of our programming standards at The Center for Contemporary Dance,” says Craig Johnson, Executive Director at CCD. “Young dance students need access to faculty members and guest teachers that exemplify the career success that’s possible when we apply ourselves fully. We are thrilled to be hosting Mr. d’Amboise, and are especially excited about the life-changing impact he will have on workshop participants.”

Recognized as one of the finest classical dancers of our time, d’Amboise will lead his world-renowned free-style dance workshops for young students of all levels and abilities at CCD. These workshops emphasize elements of jazz and ballet, while maintaining an exploratory quality, guiding participants to their own discoveries about dance as a platform for cultivating discipline, creativity and self-confidence. These three-hour workshops are open to dancers ages 7-14 and include an intimate Q&A session with the artist. Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop.

This is an amazing opportunity for local dance students to gain exposure and learn from one of the premier professionals in the dance world. Mr. d’Amboise’s schedule only permits him to provide a limited number of workshops in any one year, but was eager to adjust his schedule to make his appearance at CCD possible.

“The Center for Contemporary Dance is doing exceptional work,” says d’Amboise, “They stand for the things I care about: the advancement of arts education and the provision of high-quality dance training for young artists. More importantly, they understand that dance should be leveraged as a resource that gives young people a voice, and an understanding of their power and place in the world.”

A former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and the recipient of multiple major industry awards, d’Amboise was featured in “He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’,” a 1984 PBS documentary film about his work with NDI. The film highlights d’Amboise’s world-famous dance workshops and won 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.

Mr. d’Amboise’s contributions in arts education have earned him numerous awards and honors including, The Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993), The Kennedy Center Honors (1995), The National Medal of Arts (1998), The Dance Magazine Award (1999), The Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture (2004), induction into The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (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 many more. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Juilliard School, Duke University, Boston College, University of the South, Franklin Pierce College, St. Joseph College, Montclair State University, Monmouth University, Bates College, Saint Peter’s College, the College of New Rochelle, and Bank Street College of Education.

Jacques d’Amboise leads his world-renowned free-style dance workshops for young students of all levels and abilities. A 45-minute Q&A session is also included in each workshop.
Saturday, August 2 (Ages 7-9), 3:00-6:00pm
Sunday, August 3 (Ages 10-14), 1:00-4:00pm
The Center for Contemporary Dance
3580 Aloma Avenue #7,
Winter Park, FL 32792
$150 per participant; $50 per observer.
Call (407) 695-8366 or register online at


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