October 17, 1969 |
Kevin Alexander Stea (born 17 October 1969) is an American dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, director and model. He has worked as a dancer and choreographer with a number of high-profile artists, including Madonna and Michael Jackson, and has appeared in several movies and television shows.
Stea was an assistant choreographer and dance captain for Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour in 1990, and subsequently appeared in the 1991 documentary film Madonna: Truth or Dare. In January 1992, along with fellow dancers Oliver Crumes and Gabriel Trupin, Stea filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Madonna's production company Boy Toy Inc, Miramax Films and Propaganda Films, alleging fraud and invasion of privacy as a result of the documentary. Because of the international notoriety of Madonna, the suit became a pervasive media topic with Stea discussed in the news and appearing on talk shows such as Maury Povich. After more than two years of litigation, the suit was withdrawn in October 1994 and an undisclosed settlement was reached.
Kevin Stea was born in Hollywood, California, and is half-Caucasian and half-Chinese. His father owned a Chinese restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. He grew up in various places in the United States (California; Marlette, Michigan; Eugene, Oregon; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Santa Fe, New Mexico), and then completed his high school education in Singapore on a scholarship at the United World College of South East Asia, where he received the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Following that, he went on to the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, which he left to pursue a dance career.
Dancing and choreography
A gymnast while in his youth, Stea began dancing seriously while he was at college. A year after his first dance job, he was hired by Madonna as a dance captain, dancer and assistant choreographer on her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour. Stea appeared several times in the documentary Truth or Dare, which was made about the tour. Along with Oliver Crumes and Gabriel Trupin who appeared in the documentary, Stea sued Madonna in the Los Angeles Superior Court for fraud and invasion of privacy, claiming that she had lied about the film and that they were not paid for their appearance in it. According to Stea, "Madonna told me she had a crush on me when we first started. And I thought she hated me.." Leslie C. Dunn and Nancy A. Jones in their book Embodied Voices: Representing Female Vocality in Western Culture (1997) argue that Stea and the other two dancers viewed Madonna as a motherly figure, a "mommy dearest".
Subsequently, Stea danced and assisted with choreography for Michael Jackson. He has also worked with numerous other high-profile music acts including Prince, Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, George Michael, David Bowie, Celine Dion, Macy Gray, Anastacia, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Tony Bennett, will.i.am, A. R. Rahman (India), Seiko Matsuda (Japan), and the Pussycat Dolls. In 2009, he danced in "The Question", by J.T. Horenstein at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.
In the mid-1990s, Stea worked in Italy, performing, singing and choreographing on a variety of television shows including Buona Domenica, Non Dimenticate Lo Spazzolino Da Denti and Carramba Che Sorpresa.
Also in the 90's, Stea began working as a fashion model for such designers as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein in Los Angeles; Exte, Fendi, Nicola Trussardi and Romeo Gigli in Milan; and Jean-Paul Gaultier and Jose Levy in Paris. He also choreographed runway shows for Thierry Mugler in Los Angeles and appeared on the runway as a dancer for Gucci presentation in Los Angeles. He has also appeared in fashion spreads in high end magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar (Italy), and on the cover of the Cosmopolitan (magazine) European Edition. His modeling work has continued with a 2009 spread in Fantasticsmag and a runway stint for the Band of Outsiders line in Florence in June 2011.
He also modeled in the works of fashion/artist photographers such as Peter Palladino, Herb Ritts, Robert Deutschman, Reggie Casagrande, Peggy Sirota, Dan Nix, Maurizio Montani, and Andrea Marino. Of particular note is work on several projects with artist/photographer David LaChapelle. He modeled in LaChapelle’s homage to Bruce Lee and Chinese Pop Culture, part of the “Raft” exhibition which opened in Hong Kong in May 2011 at de Sarthe Fine Art.
Acting and commercials
In 1995, he starred as Daryl in Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, a film which was a major flop and often considered one of the worst films ever made. Stea has appeared in numerous movies and television series, mainly in dancer roles, including Newsies, Melrose Place, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Showgirls, The Birdcage, Across the Universe, Fired Up, Charlie's Angels, Friends, Austin Powers in Goldmember,13 Going On 30, Rent, Scrubs, Dancing with the Stars, Rumor Has It... and Naked Boys Singing. He has appeared in over 50 commercials, most notably for Gap, Old Navy and Pepsi.
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- Professional Directory associate choreographer, dance captain and dancer for Blond Ambition tour
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- "I love Indian moves: Kevin Stea". Times of India. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Southern California Public Radio Transcript-Kevin Stea Remembrance of Michael Jackson Retrieved 11 June 2011
- Victoria Looseleaf (March 10, 2009). "Review: 'The Question' makes dance out of ... a murder trial". The Los Angeles Times.
- Roberta Bezzi (March 10, 2009). Stea’s influence on career "Lorella Cuccarini 25 anni di carriera da incorniciare". Magazine.
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- Buona Domenica, Carramba che Sorpressa, August 15, 2010 article, Tiramo section, Kevin Stea
- Savona News: Made for Sport collabora con Donnavventura 2007, M4S Magazine, Kevin Stea guest attribution
- M4S Magazine Rimini Wellness article, M4S Magazine, May 18, 2008 article on Rimini Wellness with Kevin Stea
- Cosmopolitan (Italy), Cosmopolitan cover and other fashion spreads. Kevin Stea
- Dance Dance Evolution, photo spread and article - Kevin Stea - Fashion Section, Sept. 2009 – FantasticsMag, Dance Dance Evolution, Interview by James N, Editor Derric Lowe
- Band of Outsiders line, show Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy, 6/16/2011 Westside Story Extravaganza for band of Outsiders line - i-D magazine
- Male Model, 1980 - 1995, a retrospective of photography Nov 27, 2009, listing of commercial work by fashion photographer Herb Ritts: Kevin Stea (Madonna Dancer)
- On-the-set work with photographer David LaChapelle 2010, Composition tribute to Chinese Pop Culture and Bruce Lee… Kevin Stea, model
- de Sarthe Fine Art Exhibition, Hong Kong, May 25 – July 2, 2011 Kevin Stea, model in David LaChapelle's Big Boss & Fear of Dragon
- Music Connections Magazine - July Issue O7 - Mixed Notes Section, Page 35 Kevin Stea Releases Machine & Magic
- California Official City News: That Rogue Romeo That Rogue Romeo performance at California News, Official City, Long Beach – City of Glass at Long Beach Gay Pride 4/14/2011
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