National Dance Institute

National Dance Institute (NDI) delivers arts programming of unsurpassed quality to thousands of schoolchildren each year throughout the NYC metro area. 

Meringoff funding supports the NDI DREAM Project (Dancers Realize Excellence through Arts and Movement), an innovative inclusion program where children with a wide range of disabilities are paired with typically-developing peers. These partners join together to learn choreography within a supportive, inclusive group dynamic, with every child receiving specific attention tailored to individual needs. This unique model nurtures collaboration, celebrates differences, and encourages empathic relationships based on trust.

"What a big impact you are having on a family like ours. It is hard and rare to find projects with full inclusion that those with disabilities can fully participate in with their typically developing peers. It brought tears to my eyes to see both children dancing with joy together in the typical NDI way of excellence and happiness. Everyone benefits! You all are changing the world one dancer at a time."