Four dancers who are part of National Dance Institute’s (NDI) DREAM Project for dancers with disabilities are performing live on national television in Annie Live! this Thursday on NBC.
The dancers – ages 13 – 17, two who have a form of muscular dystrophy and use motorized wheelchairs, one requiring ventilator assistance, and two children who are diagnosed with down syndrome will perform with 47 other children from NDI who are from New York City public schools.
The children worked with Annie Live! Tony Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo and award-winning Directors Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski. Rehearsals started on zoom and have been at the NDI Center studio the last two Saturdays. The children began rehearsals at the studio on Long Island last Saturday.
The children who have been part of National Dance Institute’s DREAM Project have appeared on stage, but this is the first time they are performing live on national television. They identify as dancers not for their disabilities and are excited to represent all children with a limitation or challenge.