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.