History

Jacques D'Amboise and Sandra Whippie at Give Kids a Dance, NHDI's 30th anniversary celebration and fundraiser.

Jacques D’Amboise and Sandra Whippie at Give Kids a Dance, NHDI’s 30th anniversary celebration and fundraiser.

NHDI was originally known as the National Dance Institute/New Hampshire. In 1986, Wendy Dwyer and Marlborough School Principal Sandra Whippie asked Jacques d’Amboise, founder of NDI, for help getting an associate program off the ground. The world-renowned ballet performer and New York City Ballet principal dancer shared his gifts of dance instruction and performance with the local school children for four years.

In 1990, with Mr. d’Amboise’s support and encouragement, New Hampshire Dance Institute spread its wings and became a separate entity independent of NDI.

After 21 years as NHDI’s Artistic Director, Wendy Dwyer passed the torch to Kristen Leach in 2007. Kristen has been a steady and consummate force in the upholding of NHDI tradition and continues to inspire a new generation of children.

NHDI is proud to collaborate with Associates of National Dance Institutes (ANDI) in teaching exchanges and to share best practices in dance education.

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