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Blending Art and Technology to Reach Dance Students around the World

We’re excited to share that earlier this week Cisco was honored at the National Dance Institute’s 34th annual gala at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. National Dance Institute (NDI), a non-profit organization founded by world-renowned dancer Jacques d’Amboise, provides students access to classes and performances in the arts free of charge.

NDI Celebration Team dancers perform at NDI's 34th annual Gala

What a fantastic event!  Founder d’Amboise spoke about his experience using Cisco TelePresence to globalize dance.  Cisco was recognized for its part in hosting the first dance rehearsal via Cisco TelePresence for dancers to share virtual performances between New York and Shanghai in June 2010.

Additional honorees at the gala included: actor Alec Baldwin for his commitment to the arts and culture of New York City; co-founder and CEO of L&M Development Partners Ron Moelis who helped develop the PS90 building which will house NDI’s new permanent home; and Shirley Young for her longstanding international cultural exchange program. We’re thrilled to be recognized among such great company, and to have the opportunity to play a role in arts education.

NDI Founder Jacques d’Amboise presents Corporate Honoree award to Cisco, accepted by Rick Snyder, Vice President, Global Business TelePresence Video Sales

In addition, during Cisco’s award acceptance, we announced that Cisco along with Tata Communications will provide telepresence for NDI’s new Center for Learning and the Arts, in Harlem, New York set to open later in the year.

Using Cisco TelePresence to unite dancers across the world is just one example of the new and unique ways we are working with customers and partners on a day-to-day basis. We’re delighted to be working with NDI, and are continually looking for customers and partners that are using technology to change the way people live, work, play and learn.

PHOTO CREDIT:  All photos by Eduardo Patino for NDI

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