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About The

Owner & Director

Neenah Cruz

Check out Miss Neenah's interview with Kristen Gomes of Gomes Selling Homes Realty. Here Miss Neenah talks about her passion and "why" behind what she does!

Neenah has been dancing since the age of two where she soon discovered her love for the performing arts. Throughout that time she has received influential training from several local dance schools, but The most impactful in her career was her time at Hope Spechts School of Dance.

Neenah has worked and trained with numerous choreographers throughout the East Coast winning multiple awards and titles nationwide. One in particular that stands out is her recognition from the United States Tournament of Dance where she received the "Judges Award of Excellence". Neenah was privileged to be a part of two U.S. dance teams. One allowed her to perform at such places including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Fox News, the WNBA, and two NBA teams. The World U.S. Dance Team led her to perform at the "World Dance Show" in Riesa, Germany competing against 30 other countries. It was there that Neenah became the silver medalist for her solo in the open category as well as a silver medalist in the duet category for her tap duet. 

In the last 10 years she has received multiple choreography and entertainment awards. Her choreography has gone undefeated at the Regional and National level for the past 3 years making her dancers undefeated National Title Champions.


Neenah's 15 years of teaching has led her back to her home town where she plans to utilize her skillset and make a positive impact in the community.




Our mission at New Bedford Performing Arts Center is to instill a genuine love of dance, music, and theater while inspiring self-confidence, discipline, and respect for the performing arts. We provide a solid technical foundation for each and every developing dancer and artist.  We aim to nurture each student's unique gift of talent and creativity. We promise to support each student as they grow artistically,and academically into well-rounded young adults. Our goal is for every student to know and understand that no matter what their strengths or weaknesses are, they are supported, and loved whole heartedly by the NBPAC family.

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