Cisco, National Dance Institute and Tata Communications Collaborate to Connect Children With the Arts Globally

Tue Apr 5, 2011 4:00pm EDT

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  NEW YORK, NY, Apr 05 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), National Dance Institute (NDI) and Tata
Communications today announced that they are undertaking a
first-of-its-kind collaboration that will allow NDI to conduct highly
synchronized virtual global arts programs via telepresence -- connecting
children from all over the world -- from its new home, the National Dance
Institute Center for Learning and the Arts, in Harlem, New York.

    NDI brings award-winning arts and learning programs to thousands of
school children each year. Through the use of its new telepresence
environment, NDI will extend its reach by conducting global dance and
music programs -- in which students from the NDI Center will dance as one
unified troupe in coordinated performances with children from cities
around the globe.

    Telepresence delivers a powerful, real-time and fully immersive
interaction that connects people regardless of where they are located in
the world, giving them the feeling that they are in the same room. It
heavily reduces the need to travel, brings diverse cultures and artistic
traditions together, and will expand the reach of NDI's world-renowned
arts and learning programs. 

    Cisco will provide NDI with Cisco TelePresence solutions and Tata
Communications will provide the connection that allows the interactions
to take place, enabling the world's first virtual global dance program,
complete with managed services support. 

    Cisco's TelePresence solution will deliver full high definition (HD)
video, complimented by outstanding audio quality. It will be integrated
with NDI's audio/visual capabilities in the Harlem facility to create a
powerful -- yet fully flexible -- virtual dance studio.

    NDI's telepresence room will be connected to Tata Communications'
telepresence network via its Global Meeting Exchange which enables
meetings to take place between any private or public room on its network;
as well as rooms on the networks of Intercarrier-Exchange partners. Tata
Communications currently has the largest global network of public
telepresence rooms and is present across five continents, with 33 rooms
spanning 17 countries. It is this reach that will connect NDI's program
to viewers and performers anywhere in the world. 

    This collaboration represents the impact that technology can have on the
arts, and constitutes a major advancement in the way that the arts are
shared, practiced, delivered and consumed. 

    "Nothing communicates better than dance and music, which cross barriers
-- east, west, north, south... globally," says Jacques d'Amboise, founder
of National Dance Institute. "And to have children present as a major
component in this communication is vital. After all, isn't everything
about children?"

    "We are pleased to work with NDI and Tata Communications to provide dance
students around the world with the opportunity to collaborate and learn
from one another like never before," said O.J. Winge, senior vice
president, TelePresence Technology Group, Cisco. "As the National Dance
Institute uses the power of dance to bring together diverse cultures
globally, Cisco TelePresence delivers the power of immersive experiences
that can help remove barriers created by geographical separation,
promoting new opportunities for artistic collaboration." 

    "Previous sessions were very exciting and rewarding for student, parents
and instructors," says Peter Quinlan, vice president, Telepresence
Managed Services, Tata Communications. "We are very pleased to be proving
this service to NDI, in collaboration with Cisco. It opens up an
unprecedented collaboration opportunity for the children. Cooperation was
seamless because NDI, Cisco and Tata Communications share a common goal
to drive and facilitate open collaboration through technology with anyone
around the world." 

    About Cisco Systems

    Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that
transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information
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    About National Dance Institute 

    National Dance Institute, a non-profit organization, was founded by
world-renowned New York City Ballet dancer Jacques d'Amboise in the
belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate
them towards excellence. NDI's professional teaching artists foster in
children a love of the arts and curiosity about the world, help them
develop personal standards of excellence and cultivate a confidence in
themselves that supports their success in school and in life. NDI classes
and performances integrate dance with music, literature and the visual
arts. Over 2 million children have participated in NDI's core programs
which are offered free to all children. Since 1995, NDI has been under
the artistic leadership of Ellen Weinstein. For more information, visit
www.nationaldance.org.

    About Tata Communications

    Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of
communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata
Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed
solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian
consumers.

    The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest
submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more
than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of
data center and collocation space worldwide. 

    Tata Communications' depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets
includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in
global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in
South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and
Nepal (United Telecom Limited). 

    Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and
the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New
York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL) www.tatacommunications.com

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Press Contacts:

Robyn Jenkins-Blum 
Cisco 
+1 (408) 853-9848 
rojenkin@cisco.com 

Angel Gardner 
National Dance Institute 
+1 (212) 226-0083 
AGardner@nationaldance.org 

Natalie Chak
Tata Communications
+44 7833 043 779 
natalie.chak@tatacommunications.com 

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