When being asked why he is a dancer, Ricardo will explain that he worked as an extra at the RLT Neuss (Schiller’s Intrigue and Love) and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf Germany (Aida, The Abduction from the Seraglio) to pay his rent for his studio apartment as a student. At the opera he was exposed to the magic and beauty of numerous live operas and classical ballet performances in the evenings. Taking ballet and dance classes would offer significantly better paid jobs as an extra so he began his endeavor as an adult dancer. As a student at the University in Dusseldorf, he was able to attend a wide range of complimentary evening dance classes in ballet, modern and contemporary dance they offered, He has continued taking regular evening drop-in classes in universities and ballet schools in Germany, Austria, UK, USA and other countries for over 17 years. He has been trained by numerous notable teachers and currently with Sallee Slagle since early 2019. During the pandemic he continues training online at home with classes at Ballet Academy East. Joined Forty Steps Dance 2019.
Forty Steps Dance was artist-in-residency at Middlesex Community College in February 2020. Here are a few photos from the concert. photos: Sallee Slagle
Forty Steps Dance performed “Missing Pieces” at the Salem Arts Festival, June 2019.
The 2019 Annual Spring Concert, held March 2019 at Nahant Town Hall, featured new and old works, and a work-in-progress made up of 40 steps: 40 Steps (Work-in-Progress), Echoes and Shadows (2019), Flax Pond (2019), Missing Pieces (2012) with Guest Artist Kelley Donovan and music interludes performed by Cellist Julie Ouellette Earp. Photos: Glen Tines
Teresa was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in Stoneham, MA after a short stint in Lugano, Switzerland. She began training at a young age at Sandra Marie’s School of Ballet in Melrose, MA which operates today as the Northeast School of Ballet in Reading, MA. During that time she had the opportunity to train with Minneapolis Dance Theatre under Gloria Govrin (who trained under George Balanchine) and also with the Boston Ballet School in Boston’s Back Bay. She performed various works including The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and an original work with the Boston Musica Viva based off the tales of the Brothers Grimm. She earned a BS in Psychology from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and had the opportunity to perform with some of Bushwick’s most avant-garde movement artists in the 2016 production, “Authority Figure” choreographed by Monica Mirabile (FLUCT) and Sarah Kinlaw. Since returning to Boston she has been an active member of Nozama Dance Collective and has participated in the Salem Arts Festival, Dance for World Community, and various other local festivals and events. She teaches ballet and tap at A Dancer’s Dream in Marblehead, MA and has been a member of 40 Steps Dance since December 2018.
Lauren Beck is originally from Arlington, Massachusetts. Lauren graduated with a BFA in Jazz Dance from the University of the Arts in 2008. Lauren has performed in many venues in the Philadelphia area including the Merriam and Drake Theaters. After, graduating, Lauren continued on to the seas, working for PGT Entertainment, as a dancer, on board the Sea Princess cruise ship. Lauren joined Forty Steps Dance in 2009, and has recently returned from a two-year sabbatical with her husband in Australia.
Forty Steps Dance finished their 25th Anniversary season with several summer performances. Photos here are from the Salem Arts Festival, June 2018 (photos: Lynn Turner), Fundraiser and Golf Outing at Nahant Golf Club in June 2018 (photos: Erin Pelikhov), and a community performance at Flax Pond, Lynn, MA, July 2018 (photos: Lynn Turner).
Saturday, July 28, 2018
at 5 p.m.
(Rain date July 29 5 p.m.)
at Flax Pond, Chestnut Street, Lynn, MA
Bring a chair and see new works in this free performance!
This performance will include free form dance through the park using its many natural landscape features. There will be site-specific choreography as well as excerpts from repertory and a preview of new works to come. There is also an interactive segment planned where dancers will invite the audience to join in!
More info at facebook.com/FortyStepsDance
This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and in part by the Nahant Preservation Trust.
The 2018 Annual Spring Concert and 25th Anniversary Celebration, held March 2018 at Nahant Town Hall, featured new and old works: Trees (2018), Fragile (2002 & 2011), Images (2017), Accord (1992), Serve It Up (1991) and excerpts from Creatures (2016). Photos: Igor Burlak
Fragile (2002 & 2011)
Excerpts from Creatures (2016)
Serve It Up (1991)
This unique workshop in May 2018 was for adults and children ages 8+, and presented as a part of Massachusetts ArtWeek. In a one-of-a-kind experience, this unique workshop encouraged participants to interpret and identify their own artistic portrayal of animals, and blend it with choreographed dance excerpts as well as improvised movement. Students learned from choreographer Sallee Slagle and the dancers of Forty Steps Dance while exploring the movement of Creatures. All workshop students also were presented with the fully edited video of Sallee Slagle’s choreographic master work Creatures which was filmed at LynnArts theater.