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National Dance Institute Waltzes Its Way Into Video Collaboration

dance 1Collaborative video isn’t just for globally dispersed teams or CEOs looking to close the next big deal. Recently, it brought together a dozen students who are connected by a love of dance but separated by 8,000 miles.

Cisco and Tata Communications have been working with the National Dance Institute (NDI) since 2011 to find ways video technology can enhance dance. Founded by former New York City ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise and  located in the heart of Harlem, NDI is dedicated to introducing children to the arts.  Using dance as a catalyst, NDI promotes the belief that the arts are primary and vital in our society and should be a major part of every child’s development and education.

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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.

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