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Wednesday, April 20, 2011


It's official! I GOT MY DREAM JOB.
The job I expect to retire from.

The only full-time dance position at the school -- which means I'll be leading the department.

A full-time position -- which only 25% of community college faculty members ever get.

The position that many folks said "will never come," or "you'll probably have to wait seven years."

Yup. I busted my ass, and my totally amazing, wonderful boss & colleagues worked it out to open the position.

Then, I made it through a five-month application process, with totally amazing competition.


I am so full of gratitude that I have such wonderful, supportive, fun, awesome co-workers!

And, I'm really proud of myself for working so hard.

When did I start this process? Five months ago, when I applied? Three years ago, when I started working here as an adjunct? Five years ago, when I went to grad school? Seven years ago, when I applied to grad schools, knowing I wanted to teach? Twelve years ago, when my hobby of dance became a double major at UC Berkeley? Fourteen years ago, when I was inspired by my amazing community college teachers to want to be as loving, giving and kind as they were? Twenty-one years ago, when I began taking performance lessons? Twenty-four years ago, when I first jumped up onto a stage in front of a rock band and began dancing at some mall in San Jose?
Or is this one of the biggest culminations of my entire life's work so far?

It's a BIG DAMN DEAL. And if feels WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU!!! I couldn't have done it without everyone's support, love and encouragement!


I am pleased to announce that Amber Steele was selected and accepted our full-time dance position. She will start this full-time assignment in the fall semester pending approval by the Board of Trustees. We had an outstanding group of candidates to choose from, and I would like to thank those who served on the hiring committee. Amber has been working at Skyline and CSM as a dance and fitness instructor since the Fall of 2008. Please join me in welcoming and supporting Amber in her new assignment.



Dean, Physical Education/Athletics/Dance/Athletic Director
Skyline College"

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Dance & Fitness Faculty member at San Francisco Peninsula Community Colleges, Director, Choreographer & Featured Dancer, Founder of the Living Dead Girlz, and Owner of the Steele Dance Company, which provides entertainment for festivals, corporate events, conventions and private events. Teaching private dance lessons and creating choreography since 1997, Steele graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Double Major in Dance and Comparative Literature and completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography at Mills College. She has toured all the major cities in Germany and performed at the Cannes Film Festival as the featured dancer in TRIP -- Remix Your Experience, a multimedia exhibition of film, live music and art. Steele has also performed as a featured dancer for RJ Reynolds (CAMEL) promotional events. Steele currently manages the go-go dancers of "Poor Impulse Control," who perform frequently in San Francisco's industrial, alternative, and rock venues.