Sallee Slagle, Director

 

Dancers:

Devon Boucher

Darcy DiGiulio Christian

Nicole Gariepy

Etienne Hernandez

Djavila Ho

Mehron Kugler

Erin Pelikhov

Samantha Wilson

Chelsea Zawadzki

 

Apprentices:

Elissa Cummings

Nefeli Georgoulia

Gene Pelikhov

Michael Pidacks

 

Sallee

Sallee Slagle, Director

Sallee Slagle has been performing and choreographing professionally for over 20 years. Since receiving her BFA from the Boston Conservatory, she has performed throughout New England, the Caribbean and abroad with a variety of dance companies, as well as her own modern company, Forty Steps Dance. Her choreography has been presented locally and internationally by the Culture Connection, North Shore Dance Alliance, Windhover Performing Arts Center, North Shore Civic Ballet Co., Somerville Theater, Majestic Cruise Lines as well as the Saint Hill European Arts Festival in England.

Slagle is currently delivering her Increasing Creativity through Movement workshop locally and abroad bringing creative dance to everyone. Sallee is the director of Dance Dimensions, a dance and fitness studio serving Nahant, Lynn and Swampscott communities.

   
Devon
Devon Boucher

Devon grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and has been studying dance since she was four years old. She danced locally in a family owned studio until she graduated from high school. During high school she had the chance to perform on a cruise ship and in Walt Disney World. She also attended theater camp and was part of several musical productions in the Worcester area. Devon received her B.A. in dance with a minor in psychology from Dean College in 2012. While at Dean, Devon performed in dance and theater shows, including The Producers, and Dance Company. Devon had the opportunity to attend the American College Dance Festival in 2012, and the piece she was a part of was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Devon began performing professionally in 2011 with Mill City Dance. Since graduation from college, Devon has had the opportunity to perform in the Silicon Valley International Dance Festival put on by The Lively Foundation, where she had the chance to perform in the San Francisco area. Currently, Devon is attending Lesley University in pursuit of her Master’s degree in Expressive Therapy, with a concentration on Dance Therapy.

Darcy
Darcy DiGiulio Christian
Darcy began dancing at 5 years old. She has studied classical ballet, pointe, character, modern dance, jazz, and contact improvisation. She has shared the stage with principals of American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and National Ballet of Canada. Some of Darcy’s roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, sylph soloist in Les Sylphides, Swanhilda in “Dance of the Wheat” from Giselle, lead soloist in Monsoon Winds and Five-One Progression by contemporary choreographers Sally Rousse and Lisa de Ribère. Darcy studied at St. Paul's School, The School of American Ballet, and The New York State Summer School of the Arts, and has her B.A. from Lesley University. Additionally, Darcy trained in modern dance and improvisation with members of Graham, Humphrey, and Tharp dance companies, and Janet Craft at Ipswich Moving Company. She is currently teaching ballet and modern dance at Great Bay Academy of Dance in Kittery, ME, and loves her job as stay-at-home mom to daughter, Calista.
Elissa
Elissa Cummings
Elissa is a seacoast NH native and has been dancing for nineteen years. She started her training at Steppin’ Out Dance Academy, where she was able to perform in multiple venues across the country. Elissa continued her education at Franklin Pierce University and achieved a degree in Arts Management and Dance. While at Franklin Pierce she was given the opportunity to study abroad in Lyon, France to experience “La Biennale de la Danse”. She was also able to choreograph and perform for multiple events while teaching and studying the NHDI curriculum. Since graduating, Elissa has continued to share her passion and joy for dance by teaching and performing with local studios as well as serving as an administrative and production manager for the past four years. She is very excited to have this opportunity with Forty Steps Dance!
Nicole
Nicole Gariepy
Nicole is from Woburn, MA and received her dance training in ballet, jazz, and modern from Ballet Arts Centre in Winchester. As a BAC student, she was a member of the Performance Company, where she danced in the Mass Festival for the Arts and Dance for World Community, as well as receiving the annual student scholarship for commitment to dance. She is now pursuing a B.A. in English with a minor in Dance at Salem State University, where she has performed with the Repertory Dance Theatre and Salem Dance Ensemble. Beyond Salem State, she has performed with Sarah Slifer Swift’s dancers in several productions across the North Shore area. She now teaches ballet at Ballet Arts Centre and enjoys performing with Forty Steps Dance.
Nefeli
Nefeli Georgoulia
Nefeli grew up in Greece and France and began her dance training in college while studying physics. After moving to the U.S. for graduate studies she began her study of ballet to complement her decade of Argentine tango experience, and met her husband-to-be at the barre. She has studied fashion design at Mass Art and brings her costume design skills to Forty Steps. Nefeli has danced with Attitude Dance, and has performed at Third Life Studios in Somerville and The Dance Complex in Cambridge.
Etienne
Etienne Hernandez
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he began his training at La Escuela Julian E. Blanco and at El Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico (Where he has also performed with The Company of Ballet Concierto). He continued his studies at El Instituto Superior de Danza Alicia Alonso of The Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, where he graduated with a Masters in Performing Arts. He was a member of El Joven Ballet de la Camara de Madrid for five years, where he has performed throughout Spain. Subsequently he has worked with Ballet Brio of Puerto Rico for two years and has guested at The Bolero Dance Theatre of Canada (Winnipeg), The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre (Pennsylvania), The Marion Ballet Theatre (Florida), Proyecto 3er Espacio de Puerto Rico, Andanza: Contemporary Dance Company in Puerto Rico and at The Western Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, he was also a guest artist at the International Dance Gala held by the UNESCO in Madrid, Spain (2006).Some of his roles include Harlequin, Chinese & Russian Dance, The Nutcracker Prince and Herr. Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, as well as performing in many contemporary works. He has choreographed original works for El Joven Ballet de la Camara de Madrid, Ballet Brio and Chambersburg Ballet Theatre. Etienne has taught at La Escuela Municipal de Bellas Artes de Bayamon, Taller Ballet/Jazz Lilly Castro, both in Puerto Rico and at The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School in Pennsylvania. Etienne is presently a faculty member at New England Movement Arts in Burlington, MA, and is excited to be a member at Forty Steps Dance.
Djavila
Djavila Ho
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Djavila has recently moved to Boston, Massachusetts to accompany her husband while he studies. She has over 15 years of performance experience and dance training in modern contemporary dance as well as Jamaican & African folk dance and Jazz. With this passion for dance she is always seeking to grow in both technique and performance experience and is excited to have the opportunity be apart of Forty Steps Dance.
Mehron
Mehron Kugler
Mehron started his ballet training at the tender age of 27 while studying theater in college. He has since performed with 1,000 Virtues Dance and Danny Swain Dance Company, and served as stage manager at The Dance Complex on multiple occasions. He previously danced with Forty Steps Dance in 2012 and after a sabbatical in 2014 to develop his programming career, has rejoined the company with his wife, Nefeli.
erin
Erin J. Pelikhov (Washington)

Erin grew up in Newton, Mass., and began her training in ballet, jazz, tap and modern for eight years at Paulette’s Ballet Studio. She also competed on the team at Gymnastics Academy of Boston as a child, and later on Newton South High School’s varsity team. She further refined her dance education at Emerson College, where she minored in Dance and received her Bachelor of Arts in New Media. Erin has danced with Boston's Lady Panthers Dance Team, Jhumka Dance Company, Kelley Donovan & Dancers and Firelech Jewish Musical Theater. Other notable roles include swinging to Duke Ellington in the Party Scene and tapping as Mother Ginger in Anthony Williams' Urban Nutcracker, and grooving in the musical "Hair" at Turtle Lane Playhouse in Newton. Erin has taught all styles of dance to all ages and levels at Paulette's Ballet Studio, Tony Williams Dance Center and Lucky Ten Young Talent Studio. Erin is currently a freelance graphic and web designer, a stay-at-home mom to twins, and a teacher for Sallee Slagle's Dance Dimensions. She has been dancing with Forty Steps Dance since 2009.

gene
Gene Pelikhov
Gene started dancing in 2004 as part of Firelech Jewish Musical Theatre in Brighton, MA. As a dancer in the company, he learned Jewish theatrical and ethnic dancing, as well as tap dance, tango and musical theater jazz. After sitting through numerous performances of Forty Steps Dance watching his wife, Erin, he finally joined the company as an apprentice. When not dancing, he works as a pharmacist, and enjoys time with the couple's twin toddlers.
Michael
Michael Pidacks
Michael is from Winchester MA and is currently studying at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He started learning ballet three years ago to help recover from an injury that occurred during his other main athletic passion, Brazilian jujitsu. He holds a blue belt in jujitsu, and has been training in that for nearly five years. Michael is excited to be joining the company for his first performance with them; he’s previously appeared in productions of the Nutcracker with the Winchester Ballet Conservatory, and in various productions as a kid in both the cast and part of the pit playing the violin. Michael loves learning new techniques, and his favorites are fouetté jumps, the butterfly guard and the bow-and-arrow choke.

Samantha Wilson
Samantha Wilson holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Dance from Salem State College. She has danced with Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, Weber Dance, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company and many more. Previously, she has been a Producer for Shared Choreographer's Concert. Currently, Samantha dances with Forty Steps Dance and Kelley Donovan & Dancers. Samantha, also, is a moderator for the Boston-based Dance group, Dance-Action-Network. She is a faculty member of Prospect Hill Academy Charter School where she teaches Dance along with many other subjects.
Chelsea
Chelsea Zawadzki

Chelsea Zawadzki grew up in Bangor, ME, where she trained at the School of the Robinson Ballet and danced with the Robinson Ballet Company for eight years, performing throughout Maine and New Hampshire in their annual “Nutcracker” and Spring Concerts. Chelsea received her B.A. in dance at Dean College in 2012, where she graduated with the Trustees’ Prize for the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. At Dean, she was a member of the Dean College Dance Company and performed in faculty and student productions. Chelsea began dancing professionally in 2011 with the Adagio Big Band, a jazz band based in Lowell, MA performing at dinner theaters, sporting events, and the annual Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival. December 2012 and 2013 she performed in Tony Williams’ production of the Urban Nutcracker in Boston. She joined Forty Steps in 2013. When Chelsea isn’t performing, she teaches dance to children and adults at several dance studios and is a Program Director at her local YMCA, where she directs a dance program and other youth and adult programming.

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