Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts

Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts! 

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 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.

Kendra Daly

Kendra Daly, native to Jacksonville, began teaching at the age of 16 at the studio she grew up studding at, Fascinatin’ Rhythm under the direction on Christina McDonald. During her high school years she studied for several summers at the Atlanta School Ballet, one at Hartford School of Ballet, and took several trips to New York. She graduated in 1999 from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a member of Dance Theatre. After high school she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she received her BFA in Dance in May of 2003. While there, she furthered her knowledge of dance by studying Graham technique for 4 years, becoming certified in elementary Labanotation, and working with such greats as Judith Jamison, Elizabeth Roxas, Lary White, and many more, along with choreographing for student shows. While in Dallas she also taught jazz and hip-hop at Jackie Troup Miller School of Dance. Mrs. Daly has had the chance to add to her experience by choreographing the musicals BIG and Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? for Stanton College Preparatory School along with Once Upon a Mattress for Theatre Jacksonville. Mrs. Daly was the assistant director and teacher at Dansations Performing Arts Center from 2003- 2012. She has also spent the 2014 and 2015 summers working for Cathedral Arts Project as a teacher for their Super Summer Academy. Mrs. Daly has been a teacher in the Duval County school system for the past 12 years at LaVilla School of the Arts as well as Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, where she has previously been director of the Tap Ensemble and the creator and director of the Creative Dance Ensemble. Mrs. Daly is excited to be at Fort Caroline where she can continue to pass on her love of dance and inspire a new generation of dancers.

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 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.

Samantha Slater

Samantha “Sam” Slater was born in Winfield, KS raised in Topeka, KS. She started dance at age 3 and joined Ballet Midwest at age 12. She has performed in well known classical ballets production such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, and La Boutique Fantasque. She has performed in local community theatres, performing various shows such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Little Shop of Horrors. Sam received a dance scholarship at Barton County where she competed nationally at the National Dance Association in Daytona, FL and placed top 10 out of many other Division II dance teams. In 2012 she danced and choreographed as a professional cheerleader for a pro arena football team called the Kansas Koyotes. Sam has been teaching all genres of dance for over a decade and is very excited to bring her talents to our Oceanway School of Dance Dancers! t

Denise Guzzardi

A native of Atlanta, GA is a 2nd generation dancer where she literally grew up in the dance studio with her studio owner dance parents in Champaign, IL. She’s trained in all phases of dance and brings 35+ years experience in teaching dance, entertainment, choreography, stage, music videos, TV, film and commercials. Her extensive professional training continued under icons Gus Giordonio (Chicago), Ellis du Boule (Chicago) Joe Tremaine (demonstrator), Jaimie Rogers (Fame TV show), Dennon & Sayhber Rawles (Staying Alive), Alice Whittler (Royal Ballet) to name a few. 

Her credits include both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Some of Ms. Guzzardi’s stage and on screen icons she’s worked with are Donnald O’Connor, Kenny Rogers, Chita Rivera, Ken Berry, Pat Boone, Craig Sheffer, Peter Marshall, Pia Zadora, Ruth Gordon, SOS Band, KISS and others. 
 
Upon moving to Jacksonville, Ms. Guzzardi was the Arts Director and Dance Instructor for Seacoast Christian Academy for several years. She was recruited by the Principal of IMPACT Christian Academy to establish and manage a Dance department/program, overseeing the ground-level build-out, while developing and overseeing a dance program providing for-credit classes. Both IMPACT and Seacoast accredited are private Christian schools in Jacksonville for grades K - 12th. In addition, she introduced dance program concept/curricular to megachurch with 10K members and global televised services and taught extensively for dance studios all over the metro Atlanta area. 
 
Her lengthy and solid teaching career awarded numerous students college scholarships, acceptance into major ballet and dance companies national and international. Many of her students have or are currently performing on Broadway, cruise ships, Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy to name a few. She’s mentored hundreds of students who seek a professional career providing industry tips, how to find an agent and audition skills once they leave their home studio. 
 
Ms. Guzzardi’s wind beneath her wings and greatest fulfillment was dancing beside her scintillating daughter. Then it was time to pass the mantel to her gifted daughter Autumn making her a successful 3rd generation dancer/singer/actress and favorite student. Ms. Guzzardi enjoys visiting NYC as a proud mama to see Autumn in one of her many Broadway shows or watch her on TV in her recent performance on Fosse/Verdon FX.
 
Semi-retired from dance, Ms. Guzzardi is blessed, honored and thrilled to join Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts and the other gifted teachers.