Meet the Founder

STACIE RESENDES FERREIRA

FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Stacie Resendes Ferreira joined the faculty of North Shore Dance Academy as Ballet Mistress in 1990 while attending the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and working towards her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. After a few years working for the Principal Financial Group, she decided to turn her part time job into her full time job, and dedicate her life to her true passion, the art of dance.

Stacie has been teaching and choreographing since the age of 14, and over the past 30 plus years, she has directed, staged and choreographed several high school musicals,  served as a color guard instructor for many high schools, drum corps, and winter guards, worked as a private coach for professional performers, gymnasts and ice skaters, and taught private lessons in piano, voice, and acting.  

Most recently, Stacie finds great satisfaction in training young dancers in strong classical technique, and to understand the true passion in expression that the art of dance can grant them. She spends the bulk of her time in the studio, training competitive dancers in NSDA’s intensive program, and her students have gone on to perform in college, in dance companies, in local theater productions, as professional dancers, and some have even become teachers in their own right.  In fact, many of the faculty of NSDA have trained with Stacie, and she couldn’t be prouder!

Stacie trained since the age of 3 in all forms of dance with a large concentration on ballet.  She is grateful for the time and love her teachers, Eleanor M. Boyle and Donna Coco shared with her, and is honored to have the opportunity to “pay forward” the passion they instilled within her.  With great thanks to them, Stacie is a sought after master teacher, teaching various styles of dance all over New England, and her students have many accolades for their style and technique. She is of course proud of the awards they win at the various competitions NSDA attends, but is most proud of the healthy competitive lessons they learn along the way.  These positive lessons help to shape the fine young men and women our students grow into, and it is this reward that has kept Stacie a proud member of NSDA’s faculty for decades.

Stacie is a member of Dance Educators of America as well as the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, where she served on the board of directors for 6 years.  She has written an excerpt for the book ʻAspiring Dreamz: Goal Setting for Dancersʼ, been quoted in ʻDance Teacherʼ Magazineʼs “Teachers are Talking” segment, and was even nominated for “Whoʼs Who in American Teachers.” She is director of Eastern Dance Awards dance competition, and a certified yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner.  She is also director for the Eastern Dance Company, and is excited to work with truly dedicated intensive dancers and allow them the opportunity to explore more experimental forms of movement and expression while attending additional challenging competitions.