Forty Steps Dance welcomes back previous dancers for 25th Anniversary Concert

A note from our Artistic Director to all previous members of Forty Steps Dance:

This is a milestone year for all of us who have been part of Forty Steps Dance! I invite you to come celebrate our 25th season to watch and/or dance/perform with us in some way this March! Our annual performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Nahant Town Hall. Please plan to come as our guest, or better yet join in the evening performance with us. You can easily participate in the finale that will include all of the Forty Steps Dancers I can gather!

If you are able to save the date, we would love for you to participate.

I am SO excited and hope to connect with many of you once again! Thank you for your contribution in getting us to our 25th Season!


Sallee Slagle
Artistic Director, Forty Steps Dance

If you are interested, please contact Sallee at Also, if you would like to stay in touch, fill out our contact form.
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Forty Steps Dance presents 25th Anniversary Season!

We will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary season with many great performances coming up in Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018. Below is a taste of what’s to come, Save the dates and check back soon for details!

Dec. 4, 2017, 6-9 pm
Fall Fundraiser Night
At TIDES Restaurant, Nahant, MA

Dec. 9, 2017 at 8 pm, Dec. 10 at 7 pm
Performance at 12 Dancers Dancing, A Christmas in Cambridge
At The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA

March 24, 2018 at 8 pm
Annual Spring Performance
At Nahant Town Hall, Nahant, MA

June 30, 2018
Fundraiser at Nahant Golf Club & Restaurant

More performances to come in Summer 2018

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Call for Dancers

“Spirits,” Annual Spring Concert, April 2016. Photo: Robert Castagna

Forty Steps Dance modern dance company is looking for male and female dancers with strong dance background, or strong desire to learn. Summer and fall concerts scheduled.

Rehearsals are Saturdays in Nahant.

(Transportation coordination help available.)

Call or email Sallee to schedule audition:

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Photos from Windhover’s 2017 Diner En Coleur

Forty Steps Dance performed as a part of Windhover Center for Performing Arts’ annual fundraiser, “Diner en Coleur,” Sept. 10, 2017 in Rockport, MA.

Photos from 2017 performance at Red Rock Park

Forty Steps Dance performed at Red Rock Park in Lynn, MA on July 29, 2017.



Photos from 2017 Annual Spring Concert

Annual Spring Concert, March 25, 2017 at Nahant Town Hall.
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Forty Steps Dance Troupe brings talents to Swampscott

By Michele Durgin

SWAMPSCOTT— The Forty Steps Dance Troupe couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place to share their talents last weekend.

The 10-member group performed at Fisherman’s Beach and moved in perfect unison to the mesmerizing beat of the accompanying drum. The grace and artistry the dancers demonstrated through contemporary dance was captivating. Their slow motion movements, while deliberate and planned, took on an air of softness and whimsy that left the audience in awe.

“This is wonderful,” said Cheryl Cohen, longtime resident of the small seaside town. “It’s always a thrill to see the arts in Swampscott, and this a fantastic group of dancers.”

Sallee Slagle, founder of the 24-year-old company, showcased  her energetic performers and their talent.

“The ocean and sunshine are a big plus,” she said. “It is the perfect place to share our love of dance. Our goal is to spread the word that dance is glorious and should be experienced by everyone.”

Town resident Rebecca Ingalls, 57, said she was impressed with the hour-long  performance and noted its effect on the children in the audience.

“It was a lovely performance and I was watching the children during the show,” she said. “I noticed that most were dancing along and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. Maybe next year they can invite the kids to join them.”

Darcy Christian of Maine has been a member of the troupe for five years. “I love dancing and today was so much fun,” she said. “The audience was great. Sallee’s choreography makes my heart sing.”

Dancer Mehron Kugler, 34, said he had a blast. “I think dance is a great activity for the body,” he said. “The leg muscles really get a workout, and the sand is an especially great place to feel it. I enjoyed watching the audience’s reaction as we danced and I especially loved the outdoor stage.”

Swampscott resident Eva and Bryan Mintz-Bacon brought their daughters, Bella, 4, and Lila, 2, to experience the event.

“We’ve only lived in town for about four months,” she said. “I’m anxious to take part in local events and this was beautiful. My girls had a super time. They were mesmerized and I’m thrilled that we got to see such a unique performance.”

(Originally appeared August 8, 2016 on the Lynn Item’s website,,

Photos from 2016 Fisherman’s Beach performance

Performance at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott, MA, Aug. 6, 2016.

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Lilac Garden performance

Lilac Garden Performance 2014
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Forty Steps Dance inspired and delighted an audience of 75 plus with “Creatures in the Lilac Garden” on June 7th. Seven dancers brought animal magnetism to the fragrant Lilac Garden, performing sections of a new work, “Creatures”, that is “all the buzz.” The performance was funded by the Swampscott Cultural Council, and amazed young and old as the “creatures” ventured beyond the stage and into the audience bringing the interactive performance to life. Sallee Slagle, choreographer, has brilliantly portrayed the movements of creatures through the movements of the human body.

Forty Steps Dance will be performing “Creatures” in full on the evenings of July 18, 19 and 20, 2014 at Windhover Summer Dance Institute in Rockport, Mass.

Originally appeared on the Swampscott Reporter’s website at