National Dance Institute

National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time, in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence.  Each year, NDI transforms the lives of tens of thousands of New York City public school children and their communities through weekly classes, short-term residencies, and public performances. Programs are offered to all children, transcending barriers of language, culture, and physical and cognitive challenges.

In 2011, NDI opened the doors to the National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts on 147th Street in Harlem, allowing the organization to further its mission and expand its reach, serving as a beacon for children, teachers and artists in the community and worldwide. The Center is an 18,000 square foot facility that houses dance studios, rehearsal space, and administrative offices.

Beckelman+Capalino managed the planning and implementation of NDI’s capital project.   Acting on behalf of the NDI leadership, we created a design brief articulating NDI’s programmatic needs to guide their engagement with the overall project developer, L&M Realty, the architect Curtis+Ginsberg, and the consulting architect H3. We managed the design process as it moved from schematic design through design development and the preparation of construction documents.  We wrote and administered the request for proposals for the selection of the construction management team and worked with the owner’s representative to guide the successful fit-out of the finished facility.  We worked with the NDI leadership to successfully secure funding from the City for its new Center.