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The time has come for all of us to obsess over having very loose ankles. – Steve Zee

Steve Zee, globe-trotting tap dancer, entertainer, musician, master teacher and erstwhile candidate for president of the United States, performs his club act to sold out houses in Hollywood, CA. When not trodding the boards and communicating with his constituents, Steve can be found teaching tap dance domestically and abroad.

Check out Steve’s TED talk on tap dancing and American history that has a few of the many ideas he discusses in his history course in the Dance Department at CSU, Long Beach.

Previously, Steve has danced with Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers and has shared the bill with numerous tap notables, young and old. He has been a featured soloist in the Jazz Tap Ensemble and a member of Rhapsody In Taps. He has performed and taught across the United States, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany and China, has been an artist in residence at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and an original cast member in the American premiere of the musical Hot Shoe Shuffle.

Steve’s choreography is performed by professional dance companies and youth groups across the United States, Europe and South America and was featured at the Beijing International Dance Festival. He trained Kiril Kulish for the Broadway production of Billy Elliot for which Kiril won the Tony Award and has served as tap coach for pop icons David Lee Roth, Bette Midler and Toni Basil.

Steve edited the Oral History/Biography of tap master Stan Kahn (archived at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum) and the Oral History/Biography of Robert Scheerer (archived at the New York Public Library and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and has made five instructional tap videos.

As a theater artist, Steve trained at UCLA, the Sorbonne/Université de Paris III and with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. By the way, if you’ve ever seen tap dancing Hershey’s Kisses on your TV, then you have heard Steve dance!

Steve is on faculty in the dance departments at CSU, Long Beach and Loyola Marymount University. He is the lead tap teacher at the Gabri Foundation in Los Angeles and is the director of the nonprofit arts organization, LA Ironworks.