Collective Soles Dance
Creating dance works ignited by human experiences that elevate and entertain the community while artistically reflecting the times.
Alex Jones is the Artistic Director of Collective Soles Dance. Alex is a graduate of the University of South Florida's Dance Department with a BFA in Dance Performance. In addition to his collegiate training, Alex received his dance training from The Dance Center at Satya Life, Highlands School of Dance, Harrison Arts Center, and LINES Ballet BFA Program. He has had the opportunity to work with Alonzo King, Bill T. Jones in Serenade/The Proposition, and Doug Varone in The Rite of Spring. He has performed in Tunisia, Africa with the University of South Florida on behalf of the American Embassy and the Tunisian Dance Federation. He is currently an equity dancer at Walt Disney World and has performed in Dream Along with Mickey and Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage. He teaches partnering and contemporary jazz at Highlands School of Dance. He is an alumnus of ArchCore40 in NYC and works closely with choreographer Jennifer Archibald as her choreographer assistant. In 2012, he has choreographed and directed his first evening length work entitled “First You, Then The Rest” at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg, FL. In the Spring of 2013, Alex joined Yow Dance Company and had the honor of choreographing works on the company for both Spring Into Dance and the Orlando International Fringe Festival. Later that Fall, he returned to the Studio@620 to premiere his second evening-length work, "Contact." Alex was a proud member of Project GenYes! at the Studio@620 made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Through this project, Alex will be premiering his third evening-length work, "Uncovered: Power of the Being” at the Studio@620. In 2017, Alex was a resident choreographer at the Florida Dance Festival where he premiered his latest work “behind the Front.” This is Alex’s second year as the Artistic Director of Collective Soles Dance and is honored to take the company and the Tampa Bay Area to new heights.
Photography by Ronnie Stripling (Ronniep0p)
Sadie Lehmker is the Collective Soles Dance company manager. Additionally, she is a freelance dancer and choreographer originally from the Tampa Bay area. This past August, Sadie returned to Florida after finishing her MFA in Dance. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2017, and additionally received a Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies from the University of Michigan in 2016. Through her time at the University of Michigan, she worked with Charles Gushue/Gushue Moving Arts, Xan Burley + Alex Spring/the Median Movement, and Meredith Monk, as well as university faculty. In 2010, Sadie received her B.A. in Dance Studies magna cum laude from the University of South Florida with a focus in Dance History and Honors College Distinction. While at USF, Sadie performed in the 2010 USF School of Theatre and Dance’s production of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Serenade/The Proposition. She also had the opportunity to study abroad and perform in France in 2008 and returned in 2009 and 2016 for solo creative research ventures. She has performed across Florida, in New York City, in Michigan, and in Paris. In Florida, Sadie has set work on St. Petersburg College, Moving Current Dance Collective, Florida Dance Arts, America's Ballet School, Florida Dance Festival, and Shoes at the Door Dance. Her choreography has been accepted into several festivals in Florida including Moving Current Dance Collective's NewGrounds and NewSeeds Festival, and was selected as a Choreographer-in-Residence for the 2013 Florida Dance Festival. Additionally, she has worked at USF within the production and office realms for the College of The Arts. Currently, Sadie serves as part of the Florida Dance Association’s office administrative team, works as a stage and house manager at both USF and Florida Southern College, and continues to teach and work her own choreographic projects. In the Spring 2018, she is returning to USF as an adjunct instructor within the Dance Department. Sadie is excited to be a part of Collective Soles Dance as their company manager. This is Sadie’s first season with Collective Soles Dance.