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Jacques d'Amboise

Jacques d'Amboise (dancer/teacher, born July 25, 1934, Dedham, MA) "He makes me feel like dancing!" For more than 20 years, that's what thousands of excited children throughout the country have been saying after participating in Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute. Appropriately, it's also the title of the 1984 documentary about this revolutionary program that introduces children to the arts through the magic of dance. As one of the finest ballet dancers of our time, d'Amboise inspired geniuses like George Balanchine and Frederick Ashton to create some of their best works for him. As one of this country's leaders in the field of arts education, he now inspires children to lead healthy, creative, and vital lives. One of the school principals said after witnessing the transformative power of dance on his at-risk students, " What Jacques d'Amboise is doing extends far beyond his lifetime to generations of future Americans.