University of South Florida

School of Theatre & Dance

College of the Arts

Sadie Lehmker

Dance Assistant Professor of Instruction & Production Manager 

Sadie Lehmker is a freelance dancer and choreographer currently based in the Tampa Bay area, where she is an active member of the dance community.

In 2017, Sadie received her MFA in Dance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 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.

Beyond her studies, Sadie has been invited to perform across the nation through performances and festivals in Florida, in New York City, in Michigan, and in California. She has also performed internationally in Paris, France, and in Vietnam.

Sadie has set her choreography throughout Central Florida at the University of South Florida, Florida Southern College, 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, and has been showcased in southeast Michigan and in Vietnam. In 2013, Sadie was selected as a Choreographer-in-Residence for the annual Florida Dance Festival.

Additionally, she has extensive project and production management through different non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area, and works as a stage and house manager at both the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College. She is also the On-Site Coordinator for American Ballet

Theatre at USF Summer Intensive. Sadie works as a freelance dance stage manager for local professional companies and for the USF dance department’s concerts.

Currently, Sadie is a Visiting Professor at the University of South Florida and an adjunct professor at Florida Southern College. Sadie also continues to teach master classes throughout the Tampa Bay region and through the outreach programs of projectALCHEMY with Alex Jones.