Photos from 2019 Spring Concert

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

Community Performance at Flax Pond Park, Lynn

Saturday, July 28, 2018
at 5 p.m.
(Rain date July 29 5 p.m.)

FREE performance by
Nahant’s modern dance company, Forty Steps Dance

at Flax Pond, Chestnut Street, Lynn, MA

Check our Facebook page for weather updates

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

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.

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

Excerpt from The Daily Item, Lynn, MA and, 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.


“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

Open post Tides Restaurant, Nahant

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

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, Saturdays this Fall (call to confirm dates.

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

Performances planned on the North Shore and Cambridge, MA this Fall and Spring.

Questions? Email 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!


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.