Instructor_MeredithStead2Meredith judged the dance competition at the 1994 Gay Games in New York. That same year she co-produced the first OUTdancing (GLBT) partner dance weekend on the East Coast. She is a certified judge on the IAGLCWDC circuit, and has judged, taught, and emceed at several IAGLCWDC events. She has regularly taught for New York’s GLBT country western dance club, the Big Apple Ranch, as well as Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing. She and her partner Daphna Locker are the 2015 North American Champions in Women’s Standard (Ballroom) Dance, and they won the Silver Medal in Women’s Standard 45+ at the 2014 Gay Games. She has also won several same-sex and reverse-role country-western titles. She and her partner Simone Assboeck were the 2008 North American Women’s Show Dance Champions.Meredith retired from full-time dancing and teaching in 2003. She now splits her time between dancing and practicing tax and trusts and estates law at a New York City firm.

Meredith Stead has slept through one earthquake, two fires, and three tornadoes. She remembers a time before cell phones, when people hollered at one another using tin cans tied together with string. She survived nineteen summers in Mississippi and narrowly escaped marriage to a semi-professional bowler. She is proudest of her unbroken record of never having seen American Idol.

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