Alex Dugdale grew up in Seattle, Washington. He fell in love with dance at age 4 and began lessons with Seattle based duo Cheryl Johnson and Anthony Peters at age 6. Over the next 4 years, Alex performed in productions of “A Tap Dance Christmas Carol” as Tiny Tim at the Broadway Performance Hall, DANCE THIS at the Moore Theater, and the NYC Tap Festival. When he was 11, he began playing the saxophone and combined his love of rhythm with tone and melody. Alex continued to dance in middle school as a lead dancer and choreographer for his middle school productions as well as perform in Seattle. Alex attended Roosevelt High School from 2004-2008 where he founded a tap dance club, started a tradition of tap dancing at the annual Jazz Nutcracker performance, and traveled to NYC 4 times for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition winning awards as an instrumental soloist and as a tap dancer. At 17, he began tap dancing with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in the role of Bunny Briggs in their annual production of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music.
After high school, Alex attended the Eastman School of music in Rochester NY. While studying jazz saxophone, Alex continued to perform and choreograph with the Radiance Dance Theater and collaborate with renowned dancer and choreographer Bill Evans. Alex had tap dance performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Port Angeles Symphony and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra performing Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto as Jeff Tyziks “Let’s Dance”. Alex was also selected to participate in the Disney All American College band and spent the summer of 2010 in Disney Land (California) playing saxophone and tap dancing in the park.
Since returning to Seattle in 2012, Alex has made a name for himself as a top tier jazz performer, tap dancer and educator having performed with the Temptations, The Four Tops, John Legend, Dianne Walker, Chester Whitmore, Wynton Marsalis, David Meder, The Pointer Sisters, Najee and many more. In 2016 Alex was named Earshot Jazz Emerging Artist of the year and began working as the jazz educator director at Centrum in Port Townsend. With over a decade of teaching experience, Alex has taught music and dance to all skill levels and ages. He is currently an employee of Seattle Public Schools as an elementary instrumental music teacher and performs all over the area with his own group (FADE Quartet), the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) and the Seattle Symphony.
He is very excited to be at Gotta Dance and looks forward to an amazing year of innovation and dancing fun.