Dance Intensive Teacher Training

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Summer Arts at Mason 2022

Dance & Physical Education Instructors – join us for an innovative two-week Summer Dance Intensive: National Dance Institute’s Level 1 Intensive Training Program at Mason.  Led by Mason School of Dance Professor Christopher d’Amboise, Mason is offering a unique educational opportunity for local dance and physical education teachers to take the National Dance Institute Level 1 Intensive Training program via the Mason Window Wall.

The Mason Window Wall is a one-of-a-kind life-size video conferencing system that will project teaching artists from NDI in New York City onto the walls of the studios in Mason’s School of Dance on the Fairfax, VA campus. As NDI teaching artists work with their program participants in NYC, they will also work synchronously with Mason participants via the Mason Window Wall. The Window Wall allows artists in different locations to interact as if actually in the room together and brings this world renowned NDI program to DMV area dance instructors, physical education instructors, and all teachers who wish to benefit from this acclaimed program!

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This popular training course was developed by NDI instructors based on the pedagogical vison of NDI founder Jacques d’Amboise and has been inspiring teachers for over 30 years. The course includes daily teaching opportunities with live music, choreography workshops, stimulating group discussions, and presentations from leaders in dance and education. Along with the synchronous NDI video conferencing portion, Mason participants will also work directly on-site with Mason School of Dance Professor Christopher d’Amboise and other guest artists. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion.

This program could count toward up to 60 hours of instruction applicable for teacher relicensing credits or recertification points (upon approval of participant administrator).


Ages: Adults 18+
 August 1 – 12, 2022 (two weeks)
Times:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition: $1,200
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Harris Theater | de Laski Performing Arts Building
Parking: $25 per week  Purchase A Pass  |  Parking Map

10:00 am – 4:00 pm NDI interactive training via the Mason Window Wall & on-site training with Mason faculty


National Dance Academy Teacher Training


APPLY NOW!  Registration for this program is closed.

The Level I Intensive Training program is limited to 15 participantsCompletion of below application is required to participate.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

COVID REQUIREMENTS:  Participants must follow University COVID protocols. Please see updates here.




Christopher D'Ambroise
Christopher d’Amboise
Mason School of Dance Professor
Read about Mr. d'Amboise

Christopher d’Amboise became a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet, where he worked closely with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, dancing all the major roles, as well as originating several works. He left the company in 1983 to pursue other interests, including performing in the Broadway production of Song and Dance, which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for a role in which he only danced. From 1990-94, he was artistic director, president, and CEO of the Pennsylvania Ballet. His choreography explores the integration of text, dance, music and drama and seeks to reinforce a positive perspective of humanity. He has created more than 80 ballets for numerous international companies. His Tribute premiered with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center in 2007. For musical theatre, he choreographed productions of High Society and the rock musical William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a project conceived by his brother-in-law, Terrence Mann. Television credits include appearances on the Kennedy Center Honors, Live from Studio 8H, and the Emmy-winning documentary He Makes Me Feel Like Dancing. He has initiated outreach programs and taught master classes and workshops at schools and universities worldwide. Mr. d’Amboise received his MFA in Dance from George Mason University, where he currently teaches in the School of Dance.