After receiving her degree in Visual Arts from Wittenberg University, Stacie moved to Paris, France to study at Cite' Veron and Studio Harmonic; focusing on modern, jazz, hip hop, salsa and contemporary. She trained professionally under Jean Claude Marignale, Dominique Lesdema, Christopher Huggins, Bruno Collinet and Beverley DeFosses. Stacie also danced in Marginale's company, Tout en Danse. After she moved back to the States, she started to train in Vagonova method of ballet, West African dance, and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Stacie has worked closely with world renowned choreographer Andre Fuentes, she has also performed with Collide Dance under Erica Sobol.
Stacie is currently teaching her 16th year for Nashville School of the Arts; here she has developed dancers who have performed with Louisville Ballet, Boston Ballet, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, and various other professionals in the dance community.
Movement found me. I have a passion to move, teach, and create experiences that will deeply impact each individual. I wish for my work to have a lasting impression that will linger in the minds and hearts of spectators. I want to inspire thought, motivation, and awareness among my audience members. In teaching, my goal is to prove to the movers that they can. I do not allow for the “cannots,” but help find the “maybe ifs.” Since movement is life, I teach and create from this concept. I believe that age does not determine the significance of life experiences; we all evolve in different ways and in varied timelines. I want to challenge the artists with whom I surround myself to achieve purposeful physicality and to be able to access emotional intent from the depths of their beings.
I do not want to be known as a person but as a wake that is left behind. I lead and create with the influence of honesty and artistry. I fully invest in my projects. One of my mentors, Peggy Hackney, said “without change there is no movement.” I have embraced that change is constant and so I am always assessing and asking “how can I make it better and where is there room for change?"
After growing up training competitively in Middle Tennessee, Manning received a B.F.A from The Ohio State University where she worked with choreographers such as Abby Zbikowski, Joshua Manculich, Ann Sofie Clemmenson, Stephen Koplowitz, Ohad Fishof/Noa Zuk, & others. As a sophomore, her duet with Tadas Varaneckas, Blended Hues, premiered at the 2015 Midwest American College Dance Festival Conference. Her senior choreographic work From Four to Two, a 10 minute piece based on anthropological studies of humans, won the 2016 BellaMoxi Emerging Choreographic Artist Festival in Chicago Illinois & an interview in Dance Informa Magazine. Manning most recently presented her duet, Bum One, at Big River Dance Festival in West Virginia. While at OSU Manning curated a love for dance film. Unveiling premiered at both 30FPS Film Festival in Columbus Ohio & the Jacksonville Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. She’s set work for Seven Dance Company, The Collaborative Dance Project, Susan Petry & The Gift Project, Found Youth, Found Movement Group. Now back in Nashville, she have taken on the role of Associate Director for Found Movement Group under the executive direction of Stacie Flood-popp where she will be Creative Director for the 2018/2019 Season and present her first full evening length work March 29th-31st. Other endeavors include teaching for Southern Association of Dance Masters & Millennium Dance Complex in Nashville.