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Steve Merritt (born January 17, 1945[1], died January 26, 1993[2] in Los Angeles) was an American dancer and choreographer. Together with Mark Donnelly, Merritt created the musical Dream Street, which played in Las Vegas from 1983 to 1987. Merritt and Donnelly also conceived the Broadway-style format for the Chippendales show. In 1989 Merritt choreographed the opening number of the 61st Academy Awards presentation.

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Steve Thomas Merritt was born Steve Thomas Michaels in San Jose, California in 1945. He moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1960s and studied dance under David Winter while working as a dancer on a local TV show called The Farmer John Dance Show. Steve was my roommate during those early "lean years" but he soon moved up and created The Solid Gold Dancers and performed on Casey Kasum's weekly "Top Forty Countdown" television show. Steve was known for his generosity of time and talent and traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, my home town, to teach each summer at the Oak Ridge Dance Academy. I lost touch with Steve after I moved to Houston, Texas, but he will always be remembered as a fun-filled, happy man who was liked by all he met.


  1. ^ IMDb biography for Steve Merritt
  2. ^ "Steve Merritt, dancer, noted choreographer" (Obituary), San Jose Mercury News, January 30, 1993, page 6B.


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