California Dance Institute – Newest Board Member

California Dance Institute (CDI) is pleased to announce the addition of a new Board Member, Alisa Reyes, as CDI’s Brand and Marketing Ambassador. A former alum of National Dance Institute (NDI), Ms. Reyes started her career as a child model and actress and attended
The professional Performing Arts School in New York, majoring in musical theater.As an actress, Alisa worked on Nickelodeon as an original cast member for the sketch comedy show All That, she received the coveted Hollywood Young Star Award for her role in One World, and was the voice of the Disney cartoon character, La Cienega, on The Proud Family. Alisa has also made numerous guest appearances on television shows, including HBO’s Six Feet Under, Lifetime’s Strong Medicine, PBS’ The American Family, NYPD Blue, and Boston Public, to name a few.In addition to Ms. Reyes’ professional acting career, Alisa creates and produces documentary and film content. As a dancer, Alisa performed with the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico and Broad Way Dance in NYC, as well as performing in several music videos.

CDI’s work in underserved areas of Los Angeles, educating the whole child: body, mind and spirit, has served over 17,000

students since its inception in 2001.

California Dance Institute is an in-school and after-school non-profit arts education program that

teaches life and learning skills through dance and music within the Los Angeles County area.

CDI’s mission is to motivate children to develop a personal standard of excellence by instilling

confidence, discipline and focus through the rigor and joy of dance.

“We are thrilled that an alum from Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute has joined our Board. This reflects the impact that this program makes on young people and their commitment to furthering it.” says CDIs Founder and Artistic Director, Carole Valleskey, a former principal with the Joffrey Ballet.

Ms. Reyes added “I am honored to have the opportunity to share my love for CDI and I am excited to see what 2018 has in store for us! The sky is the limit!”

CDI is the California associate of the National Dance Institute (NDI), founded in 1976 by New York City Ballet’s Jacques d’Amboise. The program is unique in the arts education world because its focus is not on achieving mastery of a particular dance form, but rather on recognizing and striving for excellence. The athletic, high-energy dance style appeals to boys and girls alike, and studies have shown that participation in the program improves students’ academic performance and self-confidence.

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