To our NDI New Mexico Community,

It is with great sadness that we share the news that NDI New Mexico's brilliant and beloved co-founder, Jacques d’Amboise, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021, at the age of 86.

It is impossible to overestimate Jacques’ impact over the past 70 years as a dancer, artist, leader, teacher and friend. His deeply held belief that the arts should be available to all children is at the heart of NDI New Mexico's mission, and what continues to inspire and sustain us as an organization dedicated to improving the lives of New Mexico’s youth. Since its inception, NDI New Mexico has served approximately 135,000 children, using a methodology based on Jacques’ original teaching style and techniques.

We dedicate our 2021 Virtual Gala in Jacques’ memory. This annual event showcases the talent, joy, teamwork and dedication of hundreds of New Mexico's children who participate in our programs. We believe this is a fitting tribute to Jacques, whose love and generosity inspires us all.