Company

Director

Sallee Slagle, Director

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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.

Dancers

Lauren Beck

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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.  

Erin Pelikhov, Assistant Director

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Erin grew up in Newton, Mass., and began her training in ballet, jazz, tap and modern 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 swing dancing and tapping as Mother Ginger in Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, and ensemble in “Hair” at Turtle Lane Playhouse and “Billy Elliott The Musical” at Marblehead Little Theatre, where she also recently co-produced “Shrek The Musical Jr.” 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 also Graphic Designer for the JCC of the North Shore, a mom of twins, and a teacher for Sallee Slagle’s Dance Dimensions. Erin joined Forty Steps Dance in 2009.

Michael Pidacks

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Michael is from Winchester, MA and is currently studying at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He started learning ballet four years ago to help recover from an injury that occurred during his other main athletic passion, Brazilian jujitsu. He holds a purple belt in jujitsu, and has been training in that discipline for nearly five years. Returning for his second season with the company, Michael is enjoying improving his technique and learning new elements of modern dance. Michael has previously appeared in productions of the Nutcracker with the Winchester Ballet Conservatory, and in various youth productions both the cast and part of the pit playing the violin. Outside of dance, Michael is also passionate about history, film, and jurisprudence. Michael joined Forty Steps Dance in 2016.

Teresa Tobin

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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.

Samantha Wilson

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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. Samantha joined Forty Steps Dance in 2009.

Chelsea Zawadzki, Rehearsal Director

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. 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. Chelsea joined Forty Steps Dance in 2013.