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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.

On January 21st, NDI used Cisco TelePresence and Tata Communications’ Global Meeting Exchange video technology to reunite five young dancers in Harlem with five peers 8,000 miles away in Shanghai, China. Not only were they able to see and speak with each other, but with the assistance of choreographers and musicians at each location, they performed together—for the first time since they met face-to-face over the summer. NDI founder d’Amboise joined via Cisco Jabber to help choreograph the dance.

Stay tuned for more about NDI’s use of video as we showcase what can happen when the arts and technology intersect.

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