Jacques d'Amboise: Creating the Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit
Iconic ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise works with young dancers at the Lexington Ballet Company to choreograph and prepare a work for performance in less than 24 hours in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Jacque d’Amboise was born in 1934. He entered the School of Ballet operated by famous 20th century choreographer George Balanchine at age 8. By 17, he was a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet. He had more works choreographed for him by Balanchine than any other dancer.
D’Amboise was also a featured dancer in Hollywood movies such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
In 1976, d'Amboise founded National Dance Institute, which teaches schoolchildren how to dance. The institute’s programs combine arts with other areas of study and work to foster curiosity and a sense of achievement.
D’Amboise has received many honors for his work in the arts, including a Kennedy Center Honors Award and a National Medal of the Arts.
In this segment he works with young dancer from the Lexington Ballet Company in Lexington, Ky., choreographing and teaching them a dance for performance in less than 24 hours.
Have students create a dance sequence or story or other artwork under strict and short time limits. Then have them discuss the experience, its pros and cons, and how it felt.
Have a representative of an area ballet or other dance organization come to class and talk about how dancers learn works and prepare for presentations and the competitive nature and pressures of a career in the arts.