The NMSA Dance Department cultivates the creative and artistic growth of its students through intensive dance training and education. Our curriculum is rooted in classical Ballet with a focus on Contemporary Dance. We offer classes in Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Modern, Partnering, Men’s Technique, Pointe, Repertory, Improvisation, Urban Styles. We also offer immersive experiences with guest artists and choreographers, and opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations. Dancers participate in biannual performances and regular community appearances, as well as research and creative projects. Dancers have the opportunity to see professional dance companies performing in Santa Fe and surrounding cities.

NMSA provides dancers with the essential fundamentals they need to prepare for a professional dance career or post-secondary study in dance. These fundamentals help dancers develop technical refinement, musicality, individual expressiveness, mental acuity, stylistic versatility, and a practical awareness of healthy work habits. We strive to instill a respect for classicism and technical study, along with a willingness to experiment and take risks as we investigate new material; skill sets that can combine a multitude of dance techniques along with a maturity and focus that allows dancers to participate in choreographic processes. NMSA is committed to producing well-rounded dancers with integrity, strong technique, and an excellent work ethic that can be applied to a career not only in dance, but any field.

Guest Artist Program

Nadeeya GK

International Master Teacher

Jodi Melnick

Multi Award-winning Dancer/ Choreographer

Suki Schorer

School of American Ballet Balanchine Master Teacher

Robyn Mineko Williams


Alejandra Avila

NMSA Alumna ’14

We believe a student’s passion for the arts can propel them to success in every aspect of life. We are committed to fostering that success by providing a strong foundation for artistic and academic growth in an inclusive and challenging environment that encourages exploration, expands imagination and cultivates creativity.

William P. Miglino

Dance Department Chair

If you have questions regarding curriculum or anything about the Dance program, please contact William P. Miglino or use our Contact form and someone from the team will respond shortly.