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June 2015 The 2015 Summer Showcase
This performance of Your Songs was the culmination of two intense weeks of rehearsals with 50 talented dancers exploring the music of Elton John. We chose songs that told a story and stand as an anthem to 70's rock and roll music. Elton's music is still relevant today, forty-five years later. Thank you to all the dancers, choreographers, assistants and parents who made this show a wonderful success. So much fun for everyone.
Mar 2014 NCDI Dancers Performed at NC School of Sciences & Math Dance Concert
Choreography by NCDI Alumna Maggie Mial.
Watch the entire NCSSM Spring Dance Ensemble, or skip ahead to see NCDI's number at 40:00.
Nov 2014 NCDI Dancers in N&O Nutcracker Article
NCDI dancer Tillie Spoor was featured in the News & Observer Nov 22 Nutcracker article. Photos include Tillie and Haley Evans. Congratulations to all NCDI dancers cast in Carolina Ballet's Nutcracker: Gage, Haley, Tillie, Addy, Rebekah, Annika, Marion, Amanda, Maria, Lilyan, Ginny, Jamie, Raven, and Gabriella.
Feb 2014

NCDI Alumnus Robert HartwellBroadway's Robert Hartwell
Musical Theatre Dance Intensive
Our own Broadway star and NCDI alumnus Robert Hartwell took a break to come home and he lead a very fun and informative dance intensive (flyer) while he was here. Next up, he'll be on the national tour of Motown!

December
2013

Kirstie and NCDI Student Gage GordonNCDI Students Performed in The Nutcracker
NCDI student Gage Gordon performed the role of the Young Prince in Carolina Ballet's The Nutcracker.
Kirstie's introductory remarks appeared in the program and on the Carolina Performing Arts blog.
Several other NCDI students also performed. Congratulations to them all!

March
2013

Cinderella on BroadwayNCDI Performed at NC School of Sciences
NCDI dancers performed at the NC School of Sciences and Math on March 9. You can watch the entire NCSSM Community Dance Concert, or skip ahead to see NCDI's number at 41:00.

February
2013

Cinderella on BroadwayRobert Hartwell Cast in Cinderella
NCDI alumnus Robert Hartwell was cast in the new Broadway production of Cinderella. Congrats, Robert!

January 2013 NCDI Alumna Bree BrankerBree Branker Cast in Brodway's Big Fish
NCDI alumna Bree Branker was cast in Broadway’s new production of Big Fish, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Read more in Playbill.com.
Bree was later featured in an August edition of the Midtown Raleigh News, "Raleigh dancer Branker will make her Broadway debut". Congratulations, Bree, on your Broadway debut!
September 2012 NCDI Dancers Performed at the NC Dance Festival - All Dance Festival
Sunday, Sep 9, 3:00pm
Meredith College - Jones Auditorium
July 2012

2012 MetroBravo Standing Ovation AwardNCDI Wins MetroBravo Standing Ovation!
NCDI won top honors for Best Dance Studio with the
2012 "Standing Ovation" MetroBravo award. Thank you!
In 2010 and 2011, NCDI also won the MetroBravo Award for Best Dance Studio in Metro Magazine's Bravo Awards.

July 2012

On Broadway: He's Got Rhythm at Dance MagazineRobert Hartwell Featured in Dance Magazine
On Broadway: He's Got Rhythm
NCDI Alumnus Robert Hartwell was featured in the July 2012 edition of Dance Magazine. On Broadway: He's Got Rhythm describes his path to Broadway. Congratulations, Robert!

Apr 22,
2012

Kirstie Spadie, NCDI Artistic DirectorNCDI Faculty and Student Summer Extras
NCDI Artistic Director Kirstie Spadie has been invited as a Guest Teaching Artist for Carolina Ballet’s Summer Intensive.

Congratulations to NCDI dancers who have been accepted into exciting summer dance programs at UNCSA, Orlando Ballet, ABT, Joffery Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance and Carolina Ballet’s Summer Intensive.

Mar 12,
2012

Nice Work If You Can Get ItRobert Hartwell Performing in Broadway's
Nice Work If You Can Get It
NCDI Alumnus Robert Hartwell is performing in Broadway’s new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It with Mathew Broderick.
Previews begin March 29. Watch a video clip of rehearsals on YouTube. Congrats, Robert!

April 26: See the picture in The New York Times. That's our Robert in front.

Feb 27,
2012
Ken Wolf Photography.
Photographer Ken Wolf was at NCDI to take photos of students in the spring of 2012, and he's shared several of them with us. Take a look at these great pictures! Thanks, Ken!
Feb 22,
2012

NCDI Student Victoria CyzewskiVictoria Cyzewski Awarded Scholarship

NCDI senior student Victoria Cyzewski was awarded The Raleigh Arts Commission's Artist of Tomorrow Scholarship for Theatre/Musical Theatre. Congratulations, Victoria!

Nov 3,
2011

NCDI Alumna Bree BrankerBree Branker Touring with Memphis

NCDI Alumna Bree Branker will be performing in the National Tour of Memphis. Watch a pre-production rehearsal video on YouTube. Congratulations and best wishes, Bree!

Memphis is coming to the DPAC in January.

Jun 30,
2011

"A Broadway Dream Come True"
for NCDI Alumnus Robert Hartwell

NCDI alumnus Robert Hartwell is featured in the The East Hampton Star. See the article A Broadway Dream Come True.

Kirstie worked with Robert for many years, and they remain great friends. We are very proud of him.

Jun 25,
2011

The 2011 Summer Showcase
The 2011 Summer Showcase, Past, Present & Future, marked the 10 year anniversary for NCDI. The performance at Wakefield auditorium was the culmination of two weeks of intense rehearsals, physical endurance, and brain power. It’s amazing to see how much these young dancers can learn in such a short time, and their pride shined through as they performed. Thank you to all the dancers, choreographers, assistants and parents who made this show another success that delighted the audience.

Apr 4,
2011
Ken Wolf Photography.
Photographer Ken Wolf took photos of NCDI students in the spring of 2011, and he's shared several of them with us. Take a look at these great pictures! Thanks, Ken!
Feb 25, 2011 Samantha Beary BurnsNCDI Alumna Samantha Beary Burns was interviewed by Valonda Calloway on My Carolina Today in New York City for the upcoming Radio City Rockettes Tour at the DPAC. See the interview with the Rockettes. Valonda had also interviewed NCDI Alumnus Robert Hartwell in the Broadway cast of Memphis for the upcoming National Tour at the DPAC.
Feb 10, 2011 NCDI Alumnus, Robert Hartwell is now performing in the Broadway show Memphis. Congratulations, Robert!
Nov 9-14,
2010
NCDI Alumnus, Robert Hartwell is performing with the national tour of Dreamgirls! Catch him in Charlotte Nov 9-14th.
Oct 30 - Nov 14,
2010
Former NCDI Ballet Instructor, Max Baud, is performing the featured dancer role in the national tour of Billy Elliot. Great Job, Max!
July 2010 NCDI wins Metro Bravo Award in
Metro Magazine's 2010 Bravo Awards for
Best Dance Studio!
Jun 27,
2010
The 2010 Summer Showcase
The 2010 Summer Showcase, Random Acts of Dance, was a two-week dance camp intensive featuring original, high-energy jazz, modern, and hip-hop choreography that culminated in a professional performance at the Wakefield auditorium. This bi-annual event is a great performance opportunity for NCDI dancers and open by audition to other dancers in our community. Many thanks to the dancers, teachers, and parent volunteers who really made this performance a success.
Apr 12,
2010
Ken Wolf Photography.
Ken Wolf was in the studio during the week of April 12, 2010, and he's shared a few of his pictures with us.
Mar 8,
2010

NCDI was featured with NBC-17's
Valonda Calloway on the first episode
of My Carolina Today.

Watch the clip All About Valonda where she talks about her love for dance at NCDI. Thank you, Valonda!

Feb 25,
2010
NCDI Artistic Director Kirstie Spadie Named Honorary Member of UNCSA Board of Trustees.
See the North Carolina School of the Arts press release.
13Feb10 NCDI Dancers Performed for the
American Heart Association's 25th Anniversary Heart Ball

February 13 at the Raleigh Convention Center
4Dec09 NCDI Dancers Performed at
Raleigh Winterfest

Watch the video.
Sep09 Congratulations to NCDI Students Performing in Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Alexis Payton, Sara Yamadi, Madison Speyer, Veronica Patterson, Ariel Lee, Ashleigh and Alex Vincent, Riley Brogan, Katharine Ahn Clapp, Madison Walker, and Madison Rower
Sep09 Congratulations to NCDI Alumni Performing Professionally!
    » Emily Nicolas - Dancing with Hubbard Street 2.
    » Robert Hartwell - Dancing with the national tour of Dreamgirls.
    » Lindsey Mathies - Dancing with Northwest Professional Dance Project.
Jul09 NCDI wins Honorable Mention in
Metro Magazine's 2009 Bravo Awards for
Best Dance Studio!
26Jun09 NCDI Dancers Performed at the NC Education Ball
“Rock the Dance” Friday, June 26 at the RBC Center
Dec08 Congratulations to NCDI Students Performing in Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Cara Leigh Downey, Alexis Payton, Sara Yamadi, Madison Speyer, Veronica Patterson, Ariel Lee, Ashleigh and Alex Vincent
01Dec08 NCDI Dancers Performed at Fletcher Opera Theatre
 NCDI performed for the John Locke Foundation Holiday Concert. Great job!
29Jun08 The 2008 Summer Showcase
The 2008 Summer Showcase, On Broadway and The Beatles, featured original choreography by Kirstie and guests. Thank you to John Crumpler for sharing his great pictures with us. And thanks again to all of our talented dancers and to so many wonderful parents and friends who volunteered their time and energy to make this another successful event.
10May08 NCDI Dancers Performed at Wakefield Idol
Saturday, May 10, 7:00pm
Wakefield High School.
03May08 NCDI Dancers Performed at Strut 08
Saturday, May 3 at North Hills
This event was televised on May 10, 11, 18 and 24.
17Nov07 NCDI Dancers Performed at the
NBC17 Tree of Lights Celebration

Our NCDI dancers put on a perfect performance and the crowd loved it! Congratulations! Check out the 'behind the scenes' video by NCDI student Amanda Ting. Thanks Amanda!
NBC17 also has a video of the entire evening on their site.
30Jun07 The 2007 Summer Showcase Intensive
A high energy dance concert featuring Swing Kids and original dances by Kirstie and guest choreographers. What a great time! See the photos.
16Jun07 NCDI Performed for the NC Educators Ball
Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts.
NCDI Dancers were featured in Coming to America with Ray Walker and Circle of Life with George Merritt. An outstanding performance by NCDI!
9Jun07 NCDI Ballet Company Performed
Under the direction of ballet mistress Jennifer James-Rhodes, the NCDI ballet company held a performance at Cardinal Gibbons.
25Jan07 NCDI Performed at the 2007 North Carolina Dance Festival
NCDI dancers performed for the North Carolina Dance Festival, Children's Dance Festival at Meredith college.
24Jun06 The Summer Showcase Intensive
Over 50 outstanding NCDI dancers presented
Five Years of Dance at NCDI - "The Best of the Best".
What a great show! See the photos.
20May06 Wakefield HS Idol
NCDI hip-hop dancers performed at the Wakefield High School Idol. See the video with Dywon Fisher!
27Apr06

NCDI Performs at NC Arts in Action
NCDI dancers performed at the NC Arts in Action performance Thursday, April 27 at Rashkis Elementary in Chapel Hill. National Dance Institute founder Jacques d'Amboise was a special guest at this performance with over 100 fourth-graders. Kirstie served as the Artistic Director of this new pilot program.

NC Arts in Action was featured in the Feb 11 issue of the News & Observer:
"Infecting kids -- with dance fever" More photos to come...

6Mar06

Kirstie featured in Firestarters
Artistic Director Kirstie Spadie has been featured in the new book Firestarters 100 Job Profiles to Inspire Young Women by Dale Salvaggio Bradshaw and Kelly Beatty.

26Jan06

NCDI at the 2006 NC Dance Festival
NCDI dancers put on a great jazz performance at the 2006 North Carolina Dance Festival, Children's Dance Festival, Jan 26.
Watch the video!

05Dec05 -
10Dec05

Fall 2005 Observation Week
A great fall semester wraps up and the students show how much they've learned. Observation Week is always a good time for all. See the photos!

23Nov05

NBC-17 Wake-Up Call with NCDI Students
This short commercial featuring NCDI students aired on Wednesday, November 23.

18Jun05

Summer Showcase Intensive Performance
What a great show with ballet, jazz and modern pieces performed by over 50 students and guests in our 2005 Summer Showcase. See the photos!

26Feb05

NCDI Dancers Perform at the Wakefield Idol
Elite dancers from NCDI performed between acts at the Wakefield High School Idol competition. Watch the videos!

12,13 Feb05

NCDI Dancers Perform at the NBC-17 Fitness Festival
50 NCDI dancers demonstrated a dancers warm-up and performed hip-hop, jazz, modern, and lyrical pieces at the NBC-17 Health and Fitness Festival.

06Dec04

Fall 2004 Observation Week
We celebrate the accomplishments of the students with another great Observation Week December 6-12. And as usual, we have lots of pictures to share.
See the photos
!

Dec04

Congratulations to NCDI students for being cast in
the Carolina Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Christina Watson as Clara
Megan Shaw, Tori Hall, Sierra Fox, Carolyn Payne,
Allie Chambers and Victoria Cyzewski

Dec04

Congratulations to NCDI students for being cast in
Theatre in the Park’s “A Christmas Carol”

Sarah Huck, Dakota Hood, Taylor Fleming, Maria Vozzo,
Maggie Mial, Alex Bowers and Berklee Bowers

27Jun04

NCDI 2004 Summer Dance Explosion
         "The Cracked Nut"

See the great photos. See the program. Watch video clips.
         What a Great Show!

12Jun04

NCDI Dancers Performed at the Educators Ball
NCDI performed at the NC Educators Ball with Terrance Mann at the RBC Center.

24May04

Spring 2004 Bring a Friend Week
To celebrate a great year of dance, many students bring a friend for the last week of classes, and somehow it became pajama week as well.Take a look!

17May04

Spring 2004 Observation Week
We packed in the parents and friends for another great Observation Week, and as usual we have plenty of photos.
Take a look
!

7,8Feb04

NCDI Dancers Perform at NBC-17 Expo
NCDI dancers performed hip-hop and Jazz at the NBC-17 Health and Fitness Exposition.
See the videos!

29Jan04

NCDI Hip-Hop Opens for "You Got Served"
NCDI Hip-Hop opens at "You Got Served" movie premier. Choreographed by Shonica Bowling, this dance was also performed at the NBC 17 fitness expo. See the video!

19Jan04
(15Dec03 update)

Fall 2003 Observation Week
We packed in the parents and friends for another great Observation Week, and as usual we have plenty of photos.
Take a look!

18Dec03

Willie Hinton Featured in the
News & Observer

Willie Hinton, modern instructor at NCDI, was featured in the News & Observer. The story includes his love of dance and battle with cancer. Read the full story.

6Oct03

NCDI NEWS Fall 2003 Issued
The Fall 2003 issue of NCDI's newsletter "NCDI NEWS" was issued (pdf file). Check Adobe's site if you need the free Adobe (pdf) Reader.

6Oct03
(19May03)
update

Spring 2003 Observation Week
Observation Week is always a popular event at NCDI, and we have hundreds of pictures to prove it.
Browse through the photos.

13Sep03
(3Jul03)
update

New UNC-TV Footage of
NCDI at Carolina Arts Festival

North Carolina Dance Institute Dancers performed for the Carolina Arts Festival, Broadway Rocks Concert on July 3rd at Cary Regency Park Ampitheatre. The Dancers were joined by Lisa Blair's The Capital Ambassadors in "Coming to America".
Read more and see the videos.

23Jul03

The Total Connection - Hip-Hop Dancing
North Carolina Dance Institute was featured in the Wake County School System publication, The Total Connection. Story by Ruth Ann Struble. See the article.

3Jul03

NCDI Dancers Performed at the
Carolina Arts Festival

North Carolina Dance Institute Dancers performed for the Carolina Arts Festival, Broadway Rocks Concert on July 3rd at Cary Regency Park Ampitheatre. The Dancers were joined by Lisa Blair's The Capital Ambassadors in "Coming to America".
Read more and see the video
.

1Jul03

Shonica Bowling -
New Hip-Hop and Street Jazz Teacher

North Carolina Dance Institute welcomes Shonica Bowling as our new Hip-Hop and Street Jazz instructor beginning in August with the Fall 2003 semester. Learn more and see a video of Shonica.

30Apr03

Congrats to Students of Broughton
Congratulations to NCDI students Virginia Michaels, Ellie Ruttenberg, and Carol Fulton for their acceptance into the Broughton Dance Company!

16Apr03

Caroline Krähe Joins NCDI Faculty
Caroline Krähe joins the faculty to teach ballet and children's classes.

11Apr03

Taylor Fleming to Appear on Star Search April 23
Congratulations and best wishes for NCDI student Taylor Fleming who is to appear on Star Search April 23. See the story as posted on the Mudcats web site.
***April 30 Update: Unfortunately, Taylor's appearance on Star Search required rescheduling, but we congratulate her just the same and hope for another chance for her to perform soon.

5Apr03

NCDI students accepted into prestigious summer programs
Charlotte Hurt, Bree Branker, and Kathryn Carter were accepted into the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Session. Fallon d'Eliseo and Kathryn Carter were accepted into the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive. Congratulations!

21Mar03

The News and Observer - D'Amboise's Dancing Feat
The N&O featured a story on Friday, March 21, about Jacques D'Amboise and his upcoming summer workshop in Cary. The story includes several quotes from Kirstie about her positive experiences with National Dance Institute and D'Amboise. See the entire story...

15Feb03

NCDI Dancers Perform at the
2003 Miss Raleigh Pageant

North Carolina Dance Institute dancers kicked off the show with style, energy, and excitement at the 2003 Miss Raleigh Pageant held February 15.
See the videos!

16Dec02

Fall 2002 Observation Week
Parents and friends enjoyed watching the dancers in action.
See over 200 photos from the week!

25Aug02

Freddie-Lee Heath and Jill Taylor Join NCDI
NCDI is thrilled to have Freddie-Lee Heath and Jill Taylor join as the newest members of our faculty. Both are outstanding, experienced instructors.
More about Freddie-Lee Heath...
More about Jill Taylor...

30Jun02 NCDI Summer Dance Explosion
"The Littlest Dancer"

Over forty students performed in North Carolina Dance Institute's first Summer Dance Explosion "The Littlest Dancer" on Sunday, June 30. The outdoor Raleigh Rose Garden Amphitheatre served as a beautiful backdrop for a great evening of dance.
See Photos.
3Feb02 NCDI Dancers Performed at Miss Raleigh Pageant
North Carolina Dance Institute dancers performed two numbers, including the opening, at the Miss Raleigh Pageant Feb 2. Choreographed by Kirstie Tice and Duffy Johnson, the upbeat dances were a big hit and drew audience cheers. The dancers were absolutely terrific! Sorry, no pictures... :-( Darn copyright laws!
13Jan02 NCDI Dancers to Perform at Miss Raleigh Pageant
North Carolina Dance Institute students will perform at the Miss Raleigh Pageant. The Miss Raleigh Pageant begins at 7:00 p.m., February 2, 2002, at Wakefield High Auditorium. Choreography by Kirstie Tice and Duffy Johnson.
13Jan02 Jennifer Menge and Tiffany Seamans Join the NCDI Staff
Jennifer Menge (Jazz) and Tiffany Seamans (Tap) are the latest additions to the exemplary staff of dance instructors at North Carolina Dance Institute. Their experience, talents, and fun attitudes are perfect matches for the atmosphere at NCDI. Learn more about our instructors.
13Jan02
(17Dec01)
Observation Week at
North Carolina Dance Institute.

During Observation Week, parents and friends are invited to watch what the students have learned during the semester, from PlayDance to Advanced Jazz and Ballet. Laynette Rustin captures the fun in PlayDance classes. See Photos
Sep 28,
2001
NCDI finally has a sign! "NC Dance"
It's official now. The North Carolina Dance Institute finally has a sign on the building: "NC Dance". Why not "North Carolina Dance Institute" you say? Because they charge by the letter!
Aug 6,
2001
Kirstie Stars as the Red Dress
A paper cup capers with a swingy red dress [Kirstie Tice] in an ad to sell low-fat sandwiches to women.
See N&O Story
Jul 28,
2001
Theatre Arts Camp Performs
Thirty-five students of the one-week Theatre Arts Camp performed at the North Carolina Dance Institute Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Parents, prospective students, and friends came to see the one-hour show of Broadway style singing, acting, and dancing. See Photos
Jul 7,
2001

Saturday, July 28 Events:

  • 10:00 am: Theatre Arts Camp Performance
    (all are welcome to watch a performance of singing, acting, and dancing)
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm: -- OPEN HOUSE --
    (come see the studio, meet the instructors, and sign up for Fall classes)
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Apprentice Auditions
    (Ages 12 - 16 yrs. Prepare 1 minute ballet combination (no music), and 1.5 minutes contemporary dance to your choice of music. Call for information)
Jun 12,
2001

North Carolina Dance Institute
Opened Monday, June 4.
The first week was a huge success as indicated by the many smiling faces and wonderful things the students are saying.
See Photos

Jun 2,
2001

North Carolina Dance Institute opens this Monday, June 4.
It's complete, and it's a beautiful place to dance. Stop by and see for yourself.

May 19,
2001
North Carolina Dance Institute
Open House Big Success.
See Photos
May 6,
2001
Million Mom March Kids Rehearse
at North Carolina Dance Institute.
See Photos
Apr
2001
NCDI Gets a Location
5910-101 Duraleigh Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
(in Duraleigh Corners near Printer's Alley)
Map

Feb
2001

North Carolina Dance Institute
Founded by Kirstie Tice and Jay Spadie