Steeledance – Still Waters Run


Steeledance-Company was founded in 1995 to showcase the unique and imaginative choreography of Teri Lee Steele and Oliver Steele. Teri Lee Steele, born and raised in Los Angeles, has been dancing since she was three years old and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Exercise Physiology. Oliver Steele, born in Romania and raised in Germany, began his dance training at the Iwanson Dance Center in Munich at the age of eighteen and moved to New York in 1992. The Steele’s have both worked with Andrew Asnes, John Evans, Michael Foley, Milton Myers, Val Suarez, Ray Tadio, Fabrice Herault, David Storey, Nadia Tarr and Kevin Wynn. Together they have self produced, co- choreographed, directed and performed several full length concerts in New York City. Their choreography has been commissioned by North Carolina School of the Arts, Joyce Soho presents, In the Company of Men 2004, DNA’s Gene Pool and the Tappan Zee Dance Group. The Steele’s work has been presented by and performed at DTW’s Bessie Schonberg Theater, St. Marks Church with Dancers Responding to Aids “The Remember Project”, the French Institute, the Agnes Demille Theater at NCSA, the Patricia Nanon Theatre at The Yard, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Battery Dance Company in their Downtown Dance Festival, the Cunningham Studio, the Evolving Arts Theater at Dance Space, the Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry as well as Steps’ Faculty Showcase, SWEAT and the Elizabeth Pape Memorial Concert. They have taught at the Julliard School, the University of Utah at Salt Lake City, Rutgers University, Hunter College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, North Carolina School of the Arts, Steps on Broadway, Abizaid Arts, Tappan Zee Dance School and internationally at the Iwanson Dance Center (Germany), Matsuyama University (Japan), Dance Camp Companie Champagne (Italy) and Ketsevhagoof Studio (Israel). Teri and Oliver are elated and honored to be surrounded by such amazingly talented, generous and inspiring artists. We are blessed. Currently, Teri and Oliver teach at Dance New Amsterdam and Steps on Broadway. See STEELEDANCE.COM for company and class information.

The Dancers
Starting with 12 years of training in Atlanta, GA, Chris Coates went on to perform on 2 cruise ships for Royal Caribbean before moving to New York City, where he currently lives. He has toured Europe and the US with Jeff Amdsen’s “A Few Good Men Dancing…”, danced for many master New York City teachers including Tracie Stanfield, Geoffrey Doig Marx, and Dorrell Martin, and has worked with Joe Lanteri, NYCDA, and ONSTAGE NY for the past 5 years. He has done many industrials and commercials including ones for Wal-Mart, the E.L.C.A, New York Sports Club, The Elan Awards, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Easter Bonnet Competition. He danced for recording artist and Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson as well as performed with many modern companies around the country, including Project 7 and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company in Atlanta and numerous companies in New York City including Salvatore LaRussa’s Dance Theater and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater. He has guest taught at Peridance and The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC as well as taught and choreographed for the Joffrey Summer Jazz and Contemporary Intensive and Joffrey South for the past four years. He continues to teach and choreograph for many dance studios and schools around the country as well as continuing his dance education in New York City.

Meredith Fages has performed with Alexandra Beller/Dances, Armitage Gone! Dance, Wally Cardona, Heidi Latsky Dance, XYZeta Projects/Jimena Paz, Laura Peterson Choreography, Becky Radway Dance Projects, Sarah Skaggs, Steeledance, Palissimo/Pavel Zustiak, Mana Kawamura, Mitzi Adams, Monica Bill Barnes/Bambi/Waterwell, Motley Dance, Eidolon Ballet, Helen Heineman, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Virginia Ballet Theatre. She has been featured in the ballets of Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, and Antony Tudor. She has served as rehearsal assistant for Heidi Latsky, Laura Peterson, Oliver Steele, and Ginger Thatcher, and she was a member of the ballet faculty for the 2009 Peridance Summer Teen Intensive. On film she has collaborated with directors Bat- Sheva Guez, Deborah Lohse, Donnell Oakley, and Mark O’Maley, and will be appearing in a documentary by Richard Move on Heidi Latsky Dance. She was born in Charleston, SC and graduated from Columbia University with a Pre-Medical Concentration in English.

Donnell Oakley grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2001. She attended the American Dance Festival in the summers of 1999 and 2001. After moving to New York in 2002, Donnell co-founded everything smaller, a Brooklyn-based company driven by collaboration. In 2008, Donnell finished 6 extraordinary years making dances with the inimitable David Schmidt and Jessica Jolly. She has continued making dances, mostly solos and duets, and has had her work produced through Movement Research, the 92nd Street Y, The West End Theatre, The Flea Theater, Triskelion Arts, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, and Dixon Place. Donnell also teaches regularly as part of the modern guest artist program at Dance New Amsterdam and has been invited to teach at Arizona State University, Middlebury College, Prescott University, The University of Michigan, and West Chester University. In addition to her own work, Donnell currently loves collaborating and dancing with STEELEDANCE, Chavasse Dance & Performance, Liz Staruch, Alex|Xan: The Median Movement, and Doug Elkins & Friends.

Jordan Risdon, born in Toronto, Canada received her early training at the National Ballet School of Canada, the Quinte Ballet School and the Virginia School of the Arts. She received a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and in 2008 moved to NYC. Jordan has had the pleasure of performing with Jessica Gaynor Dance. alex|xan: the Median Movement, Laura Peterson Choreography, Dance Elixir and Sarah Konner/Austin Selden Dance Collaboration, among others. Jordan is thrilled to be working with STEELEDANCE.

Alex Dean Speedie was born and raised in Delta, CO. HE went on to get his BFA at UNCSA. He currently resides in Jersey City, and is a company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts. He joined STEELEDANCE in 2012.

Brandon Whited was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Brandon began dancing at the age of ten after his family moved to North Carolina. He received both his HS diploma and BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts under a brilliant and inspiring faculty. Since returning to his roots in New York, he has danced professionally with Randy James Dance Works, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola, and Brooke Broussard – Touch. Brandon has also been a member of Shen Wei Dance Arts since 2008. In addition to his work in contemporary dance, Brandon is pursuing a career in musical theatre choreography. He has choreographed numerous productions in North Carolina for the Cape Fear Regional Theater, and recently in NYC for the budding Purple Repertory Theatre Company. Brandon has danced with STEELEDANCE since 2006 and is happy to be back moving and shaking with this amazing group of people.

Leslie Ziff received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle WA. Following graduation she spent a year in Seattle performing with The 3 Yells before migrating to New York City. Leslie was a member of KDNY Dance Company for seven seasons. She is thrilled to be dancing with STEELEDANCE in her first season with the company. Leslie is also a current company member of Trainor Dance and the proud mama of Lillian, to whom every dance performance of hers is dedicated to along with the original LM.