Owner / Director
Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts was founded by Tara Foxworth, a native of 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 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 held a certification as 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 and drama on a daily basis. She has taken the Lake Forest Dance Company and her Oceanway 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 30 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.
Students of Oceanway School of Dance have been title award winning dancers at regional and national competitions, graduated from University of Florida with a degree in dance, ran dance programs in the community, attended Lavilla School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as dance majors, performed in the Community Nutcracker and the Florida Ballet Nutcracker, auditioned into the Bolishoi summer intensives and more!
Tara has also been a featured extra in TV shows 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 & Performing Arts so she can continue to share her passion and love for dancing and the arts! She looks forward to serving the community and mentoring students along the way.