north shore

77 Turnpike Road Route 1
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
(978) 356-6060


North Shore Performing Arts Center

Our Faculty

NSPAC has amazing teachers who believe in our core values. They each bring with them a passion to teach, the ability to help each student progress with their technique, the desire to explore the diversity of performing styles, and positive energy.

Kelli-Ann Camacho
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Kelli-Ann Camacho enjoys teaching her love for dance and is thrilled to be working at NSPAC. While Miss Kelli has substantial training in a wide variety of dance genres her passion is teaching jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater and technique. Kelli grew up dancing in Syracuse NY and received her early training from one of the top 50 dance studios in the country. As a student she has competed and won many high score/ titles in several regional and national competitions throughout New York. Later, Kelli moved to MA where she received a bachelor's degree in Dance from Dean College. She is also a member of Dance Masters of America and Dance Masters Chapter 5 of New England. Kelli has taught in several dance studios throughout New England and continues to be the dance director at Landmark High School when she is not teaching at NSPAC. As a teacher her choreography has won numerous high score awards and special awards throughout New England which include, Outstanding Choregraphy and Technique awards.

Throughout Kelli's dance career she has been honored to perform in national tours such as Star Power's original Power Pak Tour and VEE Corporation's Sesame Street Live, in Out of this World, both East and West Coast Tour. Other performances include opening for the musical group Blessed Union of Souls and Evan & Jaron as well as being featured dancing in a national commercial. In addition, Kelli was a dancer with the Dean College's Dance Team. Today Kelli can also be seen choreographing as well as singing and dancing for local theaters. Kelli is our very own triple threat!

"To dance is to be yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power on earth and it is yours for the taking." - Agnes De Mille

Kelly Chadwick
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Kelly Chadwick began her dance training at the prestigious Dance Inn in Lexington where she was accepted as one of the first team members of The Legacy Dance Company. As a Legacy dancer, she had the opportunity to perform at numerous venues both locally and nationally and competed in many local and national dance competitions.

In 1996 Kelly earned her Dance Teacher's Training Certification from the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston where she was awarded a full tuition scholarship. In 2004, she founded The Next Step Dance Company under the direction of Pamela Caira at Step-By-Step Dance Studio in Waltham, where she managed and coached the team to numerous first place trophies at numerous local dance competitions.

In addition to her dance credentials, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia in Interdisciplinary Health Services and earned a Masters of Arts degree from Lesley University in Cambridge in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in School Guidance grades 5-12.

Christina Ackley
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Christina Ackley received her BFA in Children's Pedagogy from The University of Hartford in 2003. Upon gradation, she received a full scholarship and graduate assistantship with the University of Oklahoma, where she completed her MFA in Dance in 2006.

Since graduating, Christina has continued to flourish through her own teaching, performing, and the development of her own dance troupe, Bellybeat Dance Company. She's also a fully certified Pilates instructor which she has been teaching for over 7 years.

With a wide ranging love of several dance styles, she focuses her energy primarily on Ballet, Modern Dance, Martha Graham technique, Composition, and Middle Eastern Dance.

Sean 'Monsta' McDonnell

Seáni Monsta, has been learning the foundations of Breaking since 2006 and teaching children since 2011. He has been committed to creating, shaping, and mentoring his own immersive breaking program, House of the Rising Tides. He’s involved with a local organization known as the Orphanage Movement, a network that includes over 90 BBoys and BGirls mostly throughout New England. He's danced at events in cities like NYC, Orlando, San Diego, and Philadelphia. Sean also has extensive experience in education—working as a Special Ed TA in Brockton, MA, to subbing as an ESL instructor. He’s been studying Street Art and Graphic Communications since 2011. Receiving small and large-scale commissions by many, including the City of Boston.

His teaching philosophy is to seek and provide fulfillment.

Vanessa Voter-Shaheen
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Vanessa Voter-Shaheen is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Methuen Ballet Ensemble, a semi-professional ballet company, and the Director of Voter's School of Dance. Ms. Voter has also choreographed NSPAC's Coppelia, Nutcracker Land of the Sweets, Swan Lake Act 11, Sleeping Beauty Aurora's 16th Birthday Celebration, Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig, and Gwendolyn Goes Hollywood.

Ms. Voter attended The Boston Conservatory. In addition to dancing with Boston Ballet, she has also performed with Ballet Dance Theatre of Boston. She is a member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston and National Council of America as well as Dance Masters of America and Dance Masters Chapter 5 of New England. In addition to teaching classical ballet on a full-time basis, Ms. Voter has choreographed the ballets performed by Methuen Ballet Ensemble which she founded in 1989.

"Dance is the hidden language of the SOUL!" - Martha Graham

Amanda Westcott

Amanda Westcott received her Associates in Dance Education from Northern Essex Community College. While at NECC she participated in and choreographed American College Dance Festival and continues to be invited back to set choreography. She has taught in the Southern New Hampshire area for over 5-years which includes creative movement, ballet, jazz, hip hop, strength & conditioning, and modern.

Her early studio training comes from Carlene Nazarian Dance Center in Salem, NH where she studied all forms of dance and was part of their competitive team. Amanda is a former comp kid who has become passionate about teaching and positively influencing her students.

Samantha Gardner

Samantha Gardner began her training at Dance Concepts in Pelham, NH where she studied jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, and ballet and was a competitive dancer. She earned her Bachelor of Art in Dance from Keene State College. She has passionately taught tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary in the New England area for over 6 years. She's currently studying Nutrition at Manchester Community College. Samantha is passionate about strengthening and conditioning dancers. She continues her dance training by participating in adult classes and will be seeking her certifiction in Barre this year. In addition to having an affection for tap and creating award-winning choreography, Samantha loves working with children of all ages, has been a Special Education Tutor at Keene Montessori School, and has designed and created costumes for various theatre productions.

Kelly Pitcher

Passionate about dance her entire life, Kelly's trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Acro, and Lyrical, Contemporary. She's completed her first level of Dance Masters of America Teacher Training and taught in Vermont and the greater Boston area for 10 years before taking a hiatus to have a family. Watching her daughters receive such thoughtful and caring training at NSPAC, she's excited to jump back in to teaching and join our family in her new role.

Ruthanne Paulson

Ruthanne Paulson received her BA in Writing and her AA in Theatre Arts from Pine Manor College where she earned the President’s Cup Award and Excellence in Voice Award. Upon graduation, she received her Elementary Education Certification and has been a teacher in public and private schools to students K-12.


A lifelong theatre geek, Ruthanne has sought out every musical theatre performance opportunity from high school, college, community theatre, dinner theatre, including the Hyde Park Opera House.

Sharing her love and passion for musical theatre, Ruthanne founded Performing Arts Inspirations working with infants thru adults providing an age-appropriate, happy, and imaginative environment to explore singing, dancing, and acting. Moving to the North Shore, she became the Musical Theatre Instructor at the North Shore Music Theatre teaching a Triple Threat class for ages 7-10 including tap, ballet, jazz, musical theatre dance, voice, music theory, acting, and audition preparation.

Julia McDermet
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Julia McDermet received her Dance Education Training certificate in 2014 from Dance Teachers' Club of Boston, and received the 2014 Dance Teachers' Club of Boston Award for demonstrating the greatest aptitude in teaching among her peers. Julia, an inducted member of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, is a member of the Lesley University Class of 2019 studying Elementary Education. She's also a member of and choreographer for the LU Dance Team and an active member of the Team's Executive Board.

Julia was a Company Leader 2010-2015 providing support to NSPAC's competitive team. Beyond the Stars Competition awarded her with the Dance Power Award given to a dancer who encompasses and embodies the meaning of dance. She was a NSPAC Student Assistant 2008-2014 working with pre-school and elementary age students.

Julia worked at the Extended Day Program at Winthrop and Doyon Elementary Schools in Ipswich assisting students in grades K-5. You'll find her subbing classes and working our dance camps.

Student Assistants

NSPAC Student Assistants aid teachers in the 3-7 year old classrooms. NSPAC maintains age appropriate teacher-to-student ratios to maximize our dancers' learning experience.

All Student Assistants are part of our Student Assistant Training Program and are mentored by NSPAC faculty member, Kelly Chadwick. They are assigned to specific classes for the year based on their prior and ongoing training and are committed to being a positive role model in the classroom.

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North Shore Performing Arts Center   •   77 Turnpike Road, Route 1   •   Ipswich, MA 01938   •   (978) 356-6060   •
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