Artistic Director, Denise Cecere, brings a wealth of experience to Northeast Youth Ballet. Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, Cecere began her dance training under the direction of her mother, Sandra McNaught, at the Northeast School of Ballet (formally Sandra Marie’s School of Ballet). Later she became a scholarship student at the Boston Repertory Ballet, under the direction of Samuel Kurkjian, Boston Ballet, under the direction of E.Virginia Williams and Violette Verdy, and the School of American Ballet, under the direction of George Balanchine. She performed with Boston Ballet, Ballet Theater of Boston and North Star Ballet in Fairbanks, Alaska. During her career, her repertoire ranged from classical to contemporary, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Flower Festival, many galas, and neo-classical works. Her guest appearances have taken her internationally. In 1991 Cecere was a participant in Japan’s 1st International Choreographer’s Competition.

In 1996 Cecere founded Northeast Youth Ballet. As Artistic Director, she is committed to the cultural development of future generations. It is her mission to educate, inspire and create opportunity for young aspiring artists. Cecere has endeavored to provide programs and performances designed specifically for children. She has created a repertoire for NYB of many classical and contemporary works. In addition, Cecere has choreographed over 30 ballets for the young company and has invited nationally recognized choreographers to set original works. Her collaboration with Boston Musica Viva, under the direction of Richard Pittman, has produced four full-length ballets including “A Boston Cinderella”, “Three Little Pigs”, “Ma Goose” and “Paul Revere’s Ride” by composer Bernard Hoffer. Over the past 24 years Cecere has continued to display the young company’s diversity both at home and abroad.

Cecere is currently director of the Northeast School of  Ballet, the official training school of the Northeast Youth Ballet, where she has been teaching ballet for over 30 years. Her students have gone on to perform, teach and choreograph for world-class ballet organizations nationally and internationally.