Lynn Joins the Artweek Festival; “Creatures Workshop” comes to Nahant

Excerpt from The Daily Item, Lynn, MA and itemlive.com, by Bill Brotherton,

LYNN – ArtWeek, a 10-day festival that celebrates culture, creativity and the uniqueness of Massachusetts communities, will take place statewide April 27-May 6.

For the first time, the city of Lynn has been invited to participate. Marblehead, Nahant and Salem also will take part.

NAHANT

“Creatures Workshop,” May 6, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
$15 ages 8+| $20 adults | $30 family of 4

This unique workshop encourages participants to interpret and identify their own artistic portrayal of animals, and blend it with choreographed dance excerpts as well as improvised movement.  Learn from choreographer Sallee Slagle and the dancers of Forty Steps Dance while exploring the movement of “Creatures.” The edited video of Slagle’s choreographic masterwork “Creatures,” which was filmed at LynnArts theater, will also be shown. This workshop at Nahant Community Center, 41 Valley Road, is for adults and children age 8 and older.

Workshop/Screening Tickets available here

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April Fundraiser at Tides

Come Support Forty Steps Dance by dining at Tides Restaurant

Monday, April 30, 2018
6:00-9:00 pm

Tides Restaurant will donate 10% of sales on this night to Forty Steps Dance. Dine-in, take out and drinks included. Make it a night out with friends or family, or grab something to go, and support your local dance company!

At Tides Restaurant & Pub
Nahant Beach
2B Wilson Road, Nahant, MA
www.tidesnahant.com

Open post Trees at Red Rock Park 2017. photo: Robin Lippay

Open Class & Rehearsal

Are you interested in performing with Forty Steps Dance? If so, come to our Open Class & Rehearsal times, Saturdays in May and June: May 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16 & 23.

Modern Class with Artistic Director Sallee Slagle at 10 am.
Rehearsal at 11:30 am.

Outdoor performances planned on the North Shore:

Saturday, June 3
Saturday, June 30
Saturday, July 28
Saturday, Sept 1st … and more in the fall.

College dance students also accepted for summer performances.

Questions? Email sallee@fortystepsdance.org or call 781-599-1476.

Dates subject to change. Please check Facebook for updates.

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!

Love,

Sallee Slagle
Artistic Director, Forty Steps Dance

If you are interested, please contact Sallee at sallee@fortystepsdance.org. 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

Like us on Facebook to keep up to date: https://www.facebook.com/FortyStepsDance/

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:
781-599-1476
sallee@fortystepsdance.org

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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, itemlive.com, https://www.itemlive.com/2016/08/08/forty-steps-dance-troupe-brings-talents-to-swampscott/)