Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our matching grant fundraiser
a success! We surpassed our goal to receive the $5,000 grant from the
East Bay Community Foundation. We are so grateful for your support!

Upcoming Events

Quicksilver Dance presents:

Children of Hobbes

Choreography by Mariah Steele
Lighting by Linda Baumgardner
Dancers: Hannah Marks, Hannah McNany,
Jenna Valez and Oona Wong-Danders

November 17–19, 2017
Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday at 7:00 pm

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
2704 Alcatraz Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets:
$15 — Students/Seniors/Dancer's Group Members
$20 — General Admission

“Children of Hobbes” is a direct response to our nation's current politics. Just as Trump has revealed the darker side of human nature that usually hides in the shadows, this evening-length dance exposes the power imbalances and moral dilemmas resulting from the endlessly complex interplay between individuals and society.

Supported in part by the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation

To read blog posts about the making of "Children of Hobbes" and information about the matching grant,
please head over to our 2017 Matching Grant page!

Shining Lights

Working with photographer Ganesh Ramachandran, a long-time Quicksilver Dance collaborator, Mariah has published a new children's book!

"Shining Lights" recounts the joys and anxieties of a young Bharata Natyam dancer's Arangetram. In the words of one Amazon reviewer: "Shining Lights" is simple yet powerful- it deftly captures the range of intense emotions that accompany any dedicated preparation and performance. I wish I had had such a book to read as a child growing up in the US.... I intend to share this book widely with my young dance students. (Check out more great reviews here!)

More info and purchasing at:

We now have a tax-deductible donation option!

Quicksilver Dance is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Quicksilver Dance must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Fractured Atlas has both online and check donation options. If you prefer giving online, please do so through our page on Fractured Atlas’ website:

If you prefer donating by check, the check should be made out to “Fractured Atlas,” and then mailed to:
  Mariah Steele
  454 60th Street
  Oakland, CA 94609

Thank you in advance for your support!

Interested in dance and peacebuilding?

Mariah is available to give lectures about using dance in peacebuilding, based on her thesis from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A successful guest lecture at Emerson College was described by the professor as "Fascinating, well-delivered and compelling because it brings out the hidden power of dance." Please email with inquiries.

Want to commission a dance?

You can join in Quicksilver's creative process while supporting the dancers by commissioning a dance or a dance-on-film! We'll work closely with you to create a unique collaboration. The dance-on-film also makes a wonderful, memorable gift for anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. Please enjoy our first dance-on-film, commissioned in 2012, and our second dance-on-film, commissioned in 2013; and contact us for more information.

Mariah Steele/Quicksilver Dance is a modern/contemporary dance company with roots in
New York City, based in Cambridge, MA from 2010–2015 and now in Oakland, CA, directed by
choreographer Mariah Steele. Using anthropological inquiry and artistic exploration, our dances
delve into contemporary and timeless issues to inspire reflection and imagination
and to spark new perspectives and cross-cultural dialogue.

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