Our History

NDI New Mexico’s kinesthetic teaching methodology was developed by former NYC Ballet dancer and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Jacques d’Amboise, who founded NDI in New York City in 1976. In 1994, Catherine Oppenheimer, formerly of NYC Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance Company, co-founded NDI New Mexico in Santa Fe. Over the last twenty-two years, NDI New Mexico has grown from serving 100 children in one school to reaching almost 10,000 children annually through in-school, after-school, summer and advanced training classes in communities across the state.