SHARON McCAMAN was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She began pursuing her dance degree at St. Petersburg College where she earned her AA. She then went on to receive her BFA in Dance at the University of South Florida in Tampa. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Sharon founded the annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival. Sharon continues to fill the role of artistic director for the festival that is now in its sixth year. Sharon recently graduated from Arizona State University, where she obtained her MFA in Dance, Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance. While at Arizona State University her research was focused on discovering innovative ways to combine dance and technology. This included: investigating the manner in which the body interacts with technology, developing technology as a pedagogical tool for dance, and combining dance and technology in creative and artistic practices.
Provoked by her thirst for knowledge, she yearns to create work that will challenge, grow, and inform her ideas. It is from this place of continued self-exploration that she approaches the process of creating art. She is an interdisciplinary artist who works with a multitude of different media including, but not limited to, classical and contemporary movement techniques, digital media design, projection design, production design, sculpture, live video manipulation, and sensor technologies. She creates work that prioritizes the body and physical movement as well as the crafting of physical materials and the manipulation of technology. Aesthetically, her work often includes components of repetition and accumulation, while still leaving room for agency and interactivity, both for herself and for others. Sharon is currently working as a freelance interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and designer.
Sharon McCaman Instagram @spranieri
JESSICA OBIEDZINSKI graduated with a Bachelor degree in Dance from the University of Florida in 2010. As a dance professional in Florida, Jessica worked with various choreographers including, Neta Pulvermacher, Jennifer Archibald, and Alberto Alonzo where she was featured in a movie about his life in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She has had the privilege of performing the repertoire of Jose Limon, Shapiro and Smith and working on improvisation and site specific collaborations with Kristen O’Neil and Dale Andre.
After graduating, Jessica planted her dance roots working for Florida companies such as Moving Ethos in Sarasota and touring Florida with Gainesville’s native company, HEMISPHEREdance. She presented choreography for the Co-motion Dance Theatre at St. Pete College and performed the work of local USF dance faculty member, Michael Foley. Soon after, she furthered her education at University of Florida, earning a Master in Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2012. During this program, Jessica was funded by the U.S. embassy to travel to Turkey to explore the ways that social dance can eliminate cross cultural stereotypes and completed her thesis project with U.S., Turkish, and Armenian students throughout the country. After moving to New York in 2013, Jessica served as a company member with choreographers Beth Soll and Susan Vencl for 3 years. Jessica also performed in various projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn with Megan Kendzior, Laurie DeVito and acrobatic extraordinaire Elizabeth Streb. Her love for travel brought her to the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance to get her RYT Yoga certification and to Impulstanz to study and perform with Brussels based choreographer, David Hernandez. Recently back in Florida, Jessica showed a collaboration work in Tampa with local dancer and HCC faculty member, Sea Lee, for the New Grounds Festival presented by the Tampa based company, Moving Current. She has been performing alongside St. Pete native Helen Hansen-French and is also a company member with Kellie Harmon’s St. Pete company, RogueDance. Jessica is also a certified Apparatus Pilates instructor, teaching locally in the St. Pete community.
CHARLOTTE JOHNSON, a native of Saint Petersburg Florida began her dance training at the early age of seven attending The Academy of Ballet Arts. She later went on to attend the rigorous Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, graduating in 2002 then continued her training and became a 2006 graduate of The Juilliard School, where she appeared in works by Paul Taylor, José Limón, Ronald Brown and Ohad Naharin and more. Miss Johnson also apprenticed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2007 to 2008. She was also featured in both the 2008 Puma commercial and print campaigns and worked as a freelance dancer for Ballet Noir and Trainor Dance in New York City.
Ms. Johnson returned to Florida in 2011 to teach full time at John Hopkins Middle School Center for The Arts and to start a family. In the summer of 2014 Ms. Johnson returned to the stage performing a duet in "Journey to Greatness" Choreographed by Sir Brock Warren held at Studio 620. In 2016 she was featured in "Our Town" a walking dance tour in downtown Saint Petersburg in a work called "Face the Jury". She was also featured in "Within the Bounding Line" The Motherhood Project a dance film both choreographed and produced by Helen Hansen-French.
Ms. Johnson performed in multiple works in Beacon17 and Beacon18, a performance Series held at The Palladium Theatre.
Charlotte was brought on to perform as a project based dancer with Sarasota Contemporary Dance in May 2017 where she performed in works by Elizabeth Bergman and Erin Fletcher. Charlotte is currently enjoying her second full season with SCD.
ALEX JONES is a graduate of the University of South Florida's Dance Department with a BFA in Dance Performance and a current graduate student Hollins University studying dance both nationally and internationally. Prior to his collegiate training at USF, Jones received training from the LINES Ballet BFA Program under direction of Marina Hotchkiss. 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 Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, and Dream Along with Mickey. He is an alumnus of ArchCore40 in NYC and works closely with choreographer Jennifer Archibald as her choreographer assistant in the Florida Dance Festival. In 2012, he 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, Jones 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. Jones participated in Project GenYes! at the Studio@620 made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation premiering his third evening-length work, Uncovered: Power of the Being at the Studio@620. In 2016, Jones became the Artistic Director of Collective Soles Dance making it his mission to connect the Tampa Bay area through collaboration. The following year Alex was one of the resident choreographers at the Florida Dance Festival where he premiered his latest work behind the Front. Jones is on faculty at the University of Tampa teaching Partnering for Stage and Musical Theatre both concert and commercial stages. Currently, Jones is the Dance Artist in Residence at the Studio@620 and founder of St. Pete based dance company, projectALCHEMY.
Alex Jones Instagram @ajonescreates
projectALCHEMY Instagram @projectalchemydance