In 1986, Wendy Dwyer and Marlborough School Principal Sandra Whippie asked Jacques d’Amboise, founder of National Dance Institute (NDI), for help getting an associate program off the ground. The world-renowned ballet performer and New York City Ballet principal dancer shared his gift with the local school children for four years as National Dance Institute/New Hampshire.
In 1990, with Mr. d’Amboise’s support and encouragement, New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI) spread its wings and became a separate entity independent of NDI.
After 21 years as NHDI’s Artistic Director, Wendy Dwyer passed the torch on 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, conferences, and the sharing of best practices in dance education.