Faculty

Carrie DeCosta

Owner/Instructor/Choreographer

 

Carrie started studying dance at the age of 3. She studied tap, jazz & ballet at Dance Arts Centre in Fitchburg, MA under the direction of Jim Caisse, Leslie Caisse Lothrop & Rainore Mayer. At the age of 8, Carrie became an elite competition dancer winning multiple national & regional competitions, as well as scholarships to summer intensive programs. At those programs she studied under many professional dancers/choreographers including Mia Michaels, Savion Glover, Debbie Allen, Debbie Dee, Brenda Bufalino, Bob Rizzo, Marcus Buglar & Gus Giordano to name a few. Carrie has also won the highest title awarded at a national competition, The Presidents Cup, with a large group tap number scoring 299 out of 300.

 

At the age of 13, Carrie changed studios to broaden her dance education as well as focus on extensive ballet training, studying at Performing Arts Theatre (now Paula Meola's Performing Arts) in Sterling, MA. Here she studied under the direction of Lisa Hughes, Paula Meola & Jennie Membrino.

 

Carrie added modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop & pointe to her training, giving her a vast knowledge of all forms of dance. While at PAT, Carrie performed annually over 4 years in the studio production of The Nutcracker, cast in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Continuing her elite competition career, Carrie received gold medals, high score awards & countless special awards for her pointe solos including "poetry in pointe shoes". When she was 16, Carrie became an original member of the professional modern company, Jennie & Company, as well as began her teaching career. At the age of 17, she auditioned and was accepted into the Boston Ballet.

 

Carrie graduated from MWCC with her Paralegal Degree and at the top of her class with her Pre-Law degree. Teaching for 20 plus years in the Fitchburg/Leominster area, Carrie currently teaches at Nashoba Valley Movement to both recreational and competitive youth students of all ages. To keep herself educated and up to date, Carrie spends her summers with Echo Dance Collaborative as a dancer and choreographer. She also attends dance conventions such as The Beantown Tap Festival where she takes classes with the current top industry professionals. After all these years, Carrie still has the same passion and love for dance as the very first day she stepped foot into a studio. She is excited for the opportunity to share that passion and love with others.  

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