Jacques D’Amboise and Eddie Izzard

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jacques D’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time, discusses his work in the field of arts education. In 1976, while still a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, he founded the National Dance Institute, a model program that exposes thousands of school children to the magic and discipline of dance. He's joined by Alex Shimizu, a 15-year-old dancer in the National Dance Institute. They’ll talk with Christopher Walken about the challenges and rewards of dance. And the actor Eddie Izzard drops by!


Jacques D'Amboise, Eddie Izzard and Alex Shimizu

Comments [8]

Suzanne McGee from Manhattan

Thanks for this great episode. Fun pieces like this are what I expect from WNYC. Great idea to have Walken host for the day. All of the segments were great and made me stop and listen as opposed to working away. Loved that Eddie Izzard just stopped by - wish that would happen at my job. Glad to see my membership dollars being put to good use. Thank you!

Aug. 18 2010 02:31 PM
Dana Marie from NYC -Brooklyn

Sorry for the double post, but today's quality people on LL would make even this unemployed, 'careful with money', former dancer want to be a WNYC member! Thanks

Aug. 16 2010 02:02 PM
Dana Marie from NYC -Brooklyn

Best LLopate I've heard yet! Thank you WNYC for this special program with three of my favorite voices!!!!!

Aug. 16 2010 01:56 PM
RLewis from the bowery

When you guys get into crossing out stage directions, punctuation, etc. and Mamet - wow - the radio comes alive. We, the audience, love this talk of technique clashing with talent.

CW - please make this a regular gig, maybe once a month or so.

Aug. 16 2010 01:34 PM
rachel from NYC

National Dance Institute is a safe place for kids to grow artistically and personally. The greatest gift Jacques has given to the thousands of kids he has inspired is community. Each dancer matters - front row or back row, you owe yourself and your fellow dancers your best performance. There's a life lesson.
I think the NYC BOE could learn a lot from Jacques.

Aug. 16 2010 01:20 PM
Heather Stimmler-Hal from An American in Paris, France

So glad to hear Eddie Izzard, another person (in addition to Christopher Walken) who I could listen to all day...come back again soon!

Aug. 16 2010 01:17 PM
Jane Doe from Westchester

To Bil M from New Rochelle - You're thinking of Jacques LeSourd.

Aug. 15 2010 10:17 AM
Bill M from New Rochelle

I remember Mr. D’Amboise from his days as a drama critic in Westchester
(was it the '70's?) His taste; and his writing were superb!
Jacques made everyhing come alive.

Aug. 15 2010 09:59 AM

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