In 1961, Tini and Henk Pel decided to form a dance company. They met with resistance from other local teachers; however, they found enthusiastic support from many of their students' parents. They put together a board of directors, obtained a civic charter, gathered company members from the Arts Guild, and the Nickel Belt Ballet Company came into existence. A former professional dancer, Daniel Stevich, had recently become a Sudbury resident and was brought on board as the company's artistic director. The Nickel Belt Ballet Company debuted as guest performers at the 1962 Arts Guild. In August 1962, Nancy taught a one-week summer training session for the Nickel Belt Ballet Company.