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77 Turnpike Road Route 1
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
(978) 356-6060
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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
TEACHER & COMPETITION DIRECTOR
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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
TEACHER, STUDENT ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, & CAMP DIRECTOR
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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
TEACHER
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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.

Jonathan 'Xcel' Escotto
TEACHER

Xcel is a Boston based Bboy with over 20 years of experience in the Hip Hop dance industry, specializing in Breaking, Foundational Popping & Locking, as well as Tricking (Tumbling). As a member of Boston’s own legendary dance crew, The Floor Lords, he applies the discipline and work ethic honed from his martial arts background to his teaching and prides himself on his ability to properly break down movements to students of all ages and levels. Xcel has appeared as a featured performer on The Discovery Channel and MTV’s Direct Effect, as well as live shows for the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, The New England Patriots, & Will Smith. Jonathan continues to compete nationally at breaking competitions as well as working on television and film opportunities.

Vanessa Voter-Shaheen
TEACHER & CLASSICAL BALLET MISTRESS
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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
TEACHER

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
TEACHER
 

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 Physical Theraphy at Manchester Community College where she hopes to focus on dance related injuries and preventative measures. 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.

Siobhan Ivy Christopher
TEACHER

Siobhan Ivy Christopher received her Bachelor of Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance from Dean Collage. Ms. Christopher performance professionally in the San Francisco area where she was a member of Liz Freeman Dance, High Release Dance Company, S4b Dance Company, and the James Wright Project Dance Company.

 

While in San Francisco she taught gymnastics as well as ballet, tap, and jazz. Upon returning to New England, she continued to blend her dance and gymnastics experience at New England Rhythmic Gymnastics, Dance Theatre of New England, and House of Dance teaching acro and ballet.

Ruthanne Paulson
THEATRE TEACHER
 

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
ASSISTANT TEACHER & ASSISTANT CAMP DIRECTOR
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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
AMANDA O; MAGGIE C; CHARLOTTE B; OLIVIA A; CHOLE T; MADISON B; SHAYLA P; SUSAN H; JESSICA C; HELENA B;
ABIGAEL B; KAYLA L

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   •  info@nspaconline.com
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