- Director of NCDI and Jazz Teacher
Kirstie Spadie (formerly Kirstie Tice), Artistic Director and cofounder of North Carolina Dance Institute, received a Bachelors of Fine Art from the North Carolina School of the Arts with the Chancellors Award for Excellence. Kirstie was coached by Agnes de Mille as the Lead Cowgirl in “Rodeo” and played the role of Ado Annie in “Oklahoma”. Kirstie performed in Milton Myers “Full Moon Rising” at Jacobs Pillow. She performed and toured nationally and internationally with musical theatre productions, most notably as the White Cat, Victoria, in Cats.
Kirstie performed in West Side Story in the US, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, and Glasgow, Scotland. She has served as the Assistant Director for the original Jerome Robbins choreography for West Side Story. Kirstie performed for the Miss America Pageant in production numbers from “Grease” and has been in several national television commercials. She was last seen as the dancing red dress in the Subway national television commercial.
Kirstie is active in the community with teaching master classes at St. Mary’s, Wakefield High Drama Department, Enloe High Dance Department, Wake County Day of Dance and choreography for Cardinal Gibbons and Broughton High Show Choir. Her choreography has been presented at the NC Children’s Dance Festival, the NC Educators Ball, Carolina Arts Festival, NBC-17 “Tree of Lights” television special, ABC TV Winterfest, and “Pieces of Gold”. Her contemporary choreography was presented at the 2009 Youth Grand Prix Ballet Competition. Kirstie was a guest faculty instructor for Carolina Ballet’s Summer Intensives. In 2003, Kirstie was awarded “Community Dance Educator of the Year” by the Dance Association for North Carolina Educators (DANCE).