North Florida School of Dance and Oceanway School of Dance 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 25 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 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 North Florida School of Dance 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.
Kerri’s directorial debut began in the summer with The 5 and Dime’s production of “How I Learned What I Learned”. An active member of the theater scene, Kerri has participated in numerous theatrical productions both nationally and locally. Kerri completed her Masters in Theater Performance at the University of Central Florida and apprenticed at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville in Kentucky.
Kerri is delighted to embark on this new journey with Tara and North Florida School of Dance. The Lord brought their husbands together years ago and forged a relationship that made them more like family.
Kerri has a true passion for teaching that is generations strong. Her mom taught for over 25 years and was a principal. Her father designed after school and programs for young adults and teens. Kerri herself taught for 8 years as a Highly Effective teacher in Duval County Oublic School. Her passion is in children and Families. Building families and so she will continue strengthen her students through theatrical art.
Aiden-Rose started dancing at The Dance Factory Inc. in Austell, GA at age 6. She trained and competed in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Ballet. Aiden danced at The Dance Factory For 11 years, during this time her team won Grand National Champions at KAR and the World Dance Championship. Aiden then attended Pebblebrook Highschool where she trained in Modern, Ballet/Pointe, and Musical Theatre. She also trained at The Georgia Ballet Conservatory. While at the conservatory Aiden competed in YAGP and performed in the Nutcracker and various Ballets.
Aiden has a heart of gold and cannot wait to continue to share her love for dance with the North Florida School of Dance students.
We are so grateful to have her!
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Emma, a Senior dance major at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts also attended Lavilla School of the Arts as a dance major in middle school. She began her dance training at age 2 with Ms. Tara and is a dance company member at Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts. As a Oceanway Company Member she has performed at Disney, Universal Studios and all around Jacksonville for many years. She has competed in dance competitions and is an award winning choreographer! The first dance she choreographed at age 14 won a choreography award at Fluid Dance Competition. It was the only choreography award won at the competition! Emma has performed different roles in the Community Nutcracker since she was 8. She has a passion and love for dancing that is evident is her choreography and talent. She has inspired many dancers over the years. We are so excited to have her teach at