At Northfield Mount Hermon, dance is about a lot more than pliƩs and pirouettes.

For us, dance is an academic discipline, an important mode of communication, and an athletic endeavor. And it's a beautiful and challenging craft.

Our dance courses will teach you about the history of movement as an art form. You'll learn about influential choreographers and the science of how your body works. All dance courses fulfill the PE requirement for the term in which they are taken. We have classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance; we also offer private lessons.

There are two selective dance companies where students audition for a spot. The companies learn advanced techniques and perform at events throughout the year. If you are a member of one of the auditioned companies, your participation will fulfill your athletic requirement for a team sport.

At NMH, we think of dance as a language that requires attention from the physical, emotional, and spiritual self. It's exercise. It's enlightenment. It's a great way to tell your story.

For more information, and to see course descriptions, see the dance section of the online Curriculum Guide.

Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”


In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."


"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."


"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."


"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."


 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."


“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”


Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles