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WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri has appointed Dance alumna Kirstie Tice Spadie of Raleigh to serve as an honorary member of the UNCSA Board of Trustees.

Spadie’s appointment was ratified by the board last week. She will fill the unexpired term of Jim Vincent, through June 30, 2011, and will be eligible for another two-year term. Vincent, who was appointed an honorary trustee in 2008, was named artistic director of the Nederlands Dans Theater in the Hague in September 2009, and moved abroad after nearly a decade with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Kirstie Tice Spadie

“Kirstie Spadie is a wonderful example of our how our graduates give back to the community,” said Chancellor Mauceri. “After a successful career as a dancer, she returned to North Carolina, where she enthusiastically teaches the value of dance education to many young artists of our state.

“We are grateful for Jim Vincent’s service, and know that he will continue to advocate for his alma mater from his post in the Netherlands,” Chancellor Mauceri added.

Spadie is artistic director of the North Carolina Dance Institute in Raleigh. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. At UNCSA, Spadie was coached by Agnes de Mille as the Lead Cowgirl in Rodeo and played the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma! Spadie performed in Milton Myers Full Moon Rising at Jacobs Pillow. Numerous musical theatre productions include the national company of Cats, as the White Cat; Victoria; and the national/international company of West Side Story in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, and Glasgow, Scotland. She has served as the assistant director for the original Jerome Robbins choreography for West Side Story.  In 2007, Spadie assisted with the UNCSA production of West Side Story, for the 50th anniversary of the musical theatre masterpiece.

Spadie actively teaches master classes and choreographs for the North Carolina Children's Dance Festival, Carolina Arts Festival and television projects. Her contemporary choreography was presented at the 2009 Youth Grand Prix Ballet Competition. She was awarded "Community Dance Educator of the Year" by the Dance Association for North Carolina Educators (DANCE). She trained with the National Dance Institute Teacher Training Program in New York City, and is an advocate for its teaching methodologies: that dance promotes confidence, discipline and sparks artistic dreams for the future.

Spadie was appointed by National Dance Institute founder Jacques d'Amboise as the artistic director for North Carolina Arts In Action from 2005-07. As the founding NCAIA artistic director, she conceived, choreographed and directed Moving to the Masters and Got Jazz! Spadie was featured in the books “Career Ideas for Kids Who like Music and Dance and Firestarters: 100 Job Profiles to Inspire Young Women. 

She lives in Raleigh with her husband.

The UNCSA Board of Trustees voted in April 2007 to establish seven honorary trustee positions to represent the areas of Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Film, Music, High School (Academic Program), and (Undergraduate) Academic (and Graduate) Programs.

The seven honorary trustee positions, which are nominated solely by the chancellor, were created by the UNCSA Board of Trustees to “allow the extensive professional experience and relationships of the chancellor” to expand the outreach of the school. Though they are nonvoting, ex officio positions, the honorary trustees participate in the same board committees, meetings and activities as all other board members.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts.  Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.