Oceanway School of Dance  - & Performing Arts
Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts
 
 
 
Owner / Director
Owner / Director
Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts was founded by Tara Foxworth. ~A native to Jacksonville, Florida Tara began her dance training at age five. Her training continued in high-school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and in college at Florida State College at Jacksonville and Jacksonville University. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in theatre, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She studied under and famous dance artists such as Arthur Duncan (tap dancer on the Lawrence Welk show), Frank Hatchett at the Broadway Dance Center, members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Bill Evans, and the Garth Fagan dance company in New York. Tara is a certified dance instructor for the state of Florida and directed the dance department at Lake Forest School of the Visual and Performing Arts for six years. At Lake Forest she trained dancers for the Lavilla School of the Arts dance program, choreographed and co-directed musical theater productions such as Beauty and the Beast and shared her love for dancing on a daily basis. She has taken the Lake Forest Dance Company and her OC Dance Company to Manhattan, New York where they studied dance at the Broadway Dance Center, toured the city and saw Broadway Shows such as The Lion King on Broadway. Tara has taught various styles of dancing throughout the Jacksonville area for over 20 years at performing arts schools, dance studios, and cheerleading camps. She has taught for and served as camp coordinator for the Cathedral Arts Project, a non-profit organization bringing the arts to under privileged children throughout Jacksonville, which she is proud to be a part of. Tara has also been a featured extra in TV shoes such as Point Man, in the movie Recount and has done voiceovers for WJCT as well as served as an auctioneer for the WJCT fundraiser. She has also played a ghost in the documentary Ghosts of north East Florida. Tara has performed in community productions at Theater Jacksonville and was a Theater major at FCCJ where she was a recipient of a full theater grant. Tara founded Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts so she can continue to share her passion and love for dancing and the arts!
Heather Zier /Co-Company Director
Heather Zier /Co-Company Director
Heather Zier comes to us from Worcester, Massachusetts. She started dancing at the age of 3 and has never stopped. Heather was a part of the Worcester Public Schools Fine Arts Track Elementary through High School with a focus in Dance. This program was lead by Dance Teacher Magazines 2014 Award Winning Joan Sheary. Growing up in the North East Heather took regular trips to take classes as STEPS and Broadway Dance Center as a child. She decided to stay in Jacksonville after her commencement from Jacksonville University in April of 2005. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Heather has a strong background in classical jazz dance. She has studied with founders Frank Hatchett, Joe Tremaine and Gus Giordano. Heather has also worked with other instructors such as Joe Lantarie, Susie Taylor, SLAM, Dana Michaels, Missy Ponder-Reston, Carrie Martin- Coble, Christina Teague- Mann, Carrie Houser, and more. She has attended the World Jazz Dance Congress in Washington D.C., as well as the American College Dance Festival in Miami, FL While attending Jacksonville University, Heather taught at Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach under the guidance and mentorship of Missy Ponder Reston. She has worked at Mandarin High School both in the main office as well as Coach for the Magic’s Dance Team. While leading the Magic’s her team attended UDA where Heather became a certified Dance Team Coach by the Universal Dance Association in 2006. She continues annually working with Jacksonville’s finest teaching as a guest instructor at LaVilla Middle School of the Art’s and there LaVilla Jaxilla Convention. She has also been a guest choreographer for Bishop Kenny’s High School Dance Team. Heather has been on Pageant Panels for both Miss. Providence High as well as Miss. Mandarin High She has been an instructor for Dancemania as well as Dansations Performing Arts located here in Jacksonville. Heather’s trained in a wide multitude of dance genres such as Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Creative Classes, Modern as well as Improvisation. Not only does Heather dance but she is also a Triple threat singing and acting as well. She has taken part in a wide variety of plays and musicals, such as; Anton in Show Business, Impassioned Embraces, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Leader of the Pack and Barnum. She is a proud member of the Theatre Fraternity Alpha Psi Omega since 2002.
Kendall Messersmith
Kendall Messersmith
Kendall Messersmith was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and has been dancing since the age of two. She graduated from the dance program at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 2013 and went on to become a company member and manager of FSCJ’s dance repertory company, DanceWorks. Kendall has been trained in the dance styles of ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, and musical theater. Along with taking class, she has been teaching at local dance studios in Jacksonville, volunteering as guest choreographer at LaVilla School of the Arts with the vocal program, and working as assistant choreographer for the Summer Musical Theater Experience after previously being in the program as assistant choreographer for FAME and The Wizard of Oz, and performer in Hairspray, Peter Pan, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Kendall graduated from FSCJ with her Associates in Arts with honors in the Spring of 2015 and is attending the University of Florida to major in Elementary Education with a minor in Dance. She began teaching at Oceanway School of Dance last season and fell in love with our students and looks forward to another wonderful year!
Ashley Steele
Ashley Steele
Ashley Steele's dance training began in middle school when she was accepted into Lavilla School of the Arts as a dance major. She began her trainig as a competitive gymnast at the age of 5 where she competed and won numerous awards. Her passion switched from gymnastics to dance at the age of 12 when she decided to focus on her dance training. After graduating from Lavilla in 8th grade she was accepted into Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where she graduate as a dance major in 2016. She is now a student at Jacksonville University with dance as her major. She has been a student at Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts since the day we opened our doors in 2010 and now graces our studio as a teacher, She continues to inspire our young students daily. As an OC dance student she has competed and won numerous awards, danced with us in New York, danced at disney and all over the community. We are so excited that she continues to share her passion for dance with our OC students.
Brianna George
Brianna George
William "David" Brandon
William "David" Brandon
William “David” Brandon began his dance training with Dance Arts under the direction of Linda Chase. He has attended summer dance intensives at North Carolina Dance Theater currently know as Charlotte Ballet. He has attended Orlando Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet, Ballet Austin and Charlotte Ballet. David was a soloist for the Tallahassee Ballet under the artistic direction of Tyrone Brooks. He has been a guest teacher with Dance Arts and South Georgia Ballet and has taught for Dance Arts. He has also performed Russian Duet, Harlequin Doll and Cavalier and as Prince Naveen in South Georgia Ballet’s production of Princess and the Frog and Nutcracker Prince. currently a student at Jacksonville University studying Dance and Finance. We are so excited to have David this season and look forward to a wonderful year of dance!
Tracy Mecom
Tracy Mecom
Tracy began dancing at the age of three in Seminole, FL at Seminole School of Dance Arts under the direction of Suze Helms, where she studied until moving to Jacksonville at the age of ten. She then began classes at The World of Dance under the direction of Linda Surrency, where she continued her training in all types of dance, and was the first student in the studio to be accepted into Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She began teaching at The World of Dance at the age of fifteen, where she also performed and competed as a soloist. Graduating from Douglas Anderson (with Mrs. Tara!) and then opened her own studio, Hilliard School of Dance in 2007, which she closed at the end of 2011. She has taught many different ages and styles of dance, and loves each of her students dearly. She was thrilled to join the staff at Oceanway School of Dance in 2016.
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