Kirstie Spadie, originally from New Orleans, received a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She graduated with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Professional theatrical productions included international and national tours of West Side Story and the National Tour of CATS in the role of the White Cat, Victoria. Kirstie was appointed by National Dance Institute founder, Jacques d'Amboise, as the founding Artistic Director of North Carolina Arts in Action. She created several original children’s dance productions including “Moving to the Master: Beethoven, Bach and Mozart and “Got Jazz?” celebrating the roots of American Jazz. Kirstie was featured in the book: Career Ideas for Kids who like Music and Dance and Firestarters: 100 Job Profiles to Inspire Young Women.
Artistic Director of the North Carolina Dance Institute for the past 20 years, Kirstie has taught thousands of dancers at North Carolina Dance Institute. She is a frequent visiting artist for the Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive, UNCSA Festival of Dance, WCPSS Professional Development Series, and the NC Dance Educators Conference. She has traveled to China for DDC’s Talented Youth Program in Beijing and Shanghai, directing and choreographing productions of Madagascar The Musical!, Seussical and The Wizard of Oz. Kirstie was featured in Walter Magazine May 2022.
Kirstie enjoys seeing live theatre at DPAC, ADF, UNC-Carolina Performing Arts and mentoring talented young artists at North Carolina Dance Institute.