Artistic Director

Stacy began her dance training at the age of 5 in Huntsville, Alabama.  At the age of 16, Stacy was selected to be a member of the Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman. During this time, she served as a representative to promote the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education, and community outreach. While in the Alabama Ballet, Stacy performed various roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, Carnival in Venice, Excerpts from Swan Lake, Margi Cole’s Tymeless Notions, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Nutty Nutcracker, and various other new works and contemporary pieces.

Stacy and her fellow Alabama Ballet members had the opportunity to perform for the Balanchine Trust Board to help The Alabama Ballet gain the choreography license for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Stacy is currently a Board Member of the Alabama Dance Council based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ms. Young is an Auburn University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Variations began operating in May of 2007. Stacy’s journey of opening Variations was covered in the Spotlight Alum section in Keystone, the College of Education’s annual publication and in Southern Tatler Magazine.

As a result of her work organizing Variations’s Choreography for a Cause charity performance, Stacy was selected to serve as a Board Member to Storybook Farm, an equine-assisted therapy center that provides emotional healing for children facing life challenges.  In her spare time, she loves to judge and provide feedback to university students to help them prepare for upcoming try-outs and/or professional auditions; Stacy has had the pleasure of judging on numerous occasions both the Miss Auburn University pageant and Greek Sing Events held on campus.

Stacy is excited to have added Nutcracker to the Variations repertoire in 2012 and share this classic story with various Auburn preschool students through Variations’s Project Plie outreach program.  She is the author of Graceful Gift, a children’s picture book designed to help introduce the joy of dance alongside The Graceful Gift Foundation.

She is beyond thankful to be able to provide such wonderful opportunities for her students to enrich their artistic development.