Mettler and Hammer moved to New Hampshire fall of 1940 where they purchased an old farmhouse that they renovated into a dance studio with a group of dancers and musicians. A year after the studio was completed a fire devastated the barn as well as the instruments contained within it. The dance school that the group envisioned was put on hold for a few months until another barn was acquired. For thirteen years Mettler housed a residential summer school for dance students. She began to teach children, and outdoor instruction became a key feature in her work.