Tara Wicker Foxworth Oceanway School of Dance


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Tara Wicker Foxworth Oceanway School of Dance

  1. 1. North Jax Monthly • July 2013 • Page 15 Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts 376 New Berlin Rd. Suite 5 • Jacksonville, FL 32218 (904) 838-1340 • www.oceanwayschoolofdance.com Ages 3 & Up • Ballet • Pointe • Lyrical • Jazz • Hip-Hop Acrobatics • Tap • Creative Movement • Contemporary • Modern • Guitar Fall DANCE Registration Early Registration: Saturday, July 27 – 10am–2pm Saturday, August 3 – 10am–2pm Monday, August 5 – 4–7pm Tuesday, August 6 – 4–7pm Saturday, August 10 – 10am–2pm No Registration Fee For Returning 2012-2013 Students! Classes Begin Monday, August 12Senior Company Dancer Northside • 757-4610 11475 N. Main St • www.vetcarejax.com Cornerstone • 766-3089 10569 Lem Turner Rd www.cornerstoneanimalhospital.com • FREE New Client Exam with this ad! • Microchip Special & Enrollment • $5 Off Day Stay with this ad • Refer a Friend & Receive $10 Credit • $5 Off First Bath & Groom with this ad At Northside & Cornerstone Animal Hospitals, you can receive the “best deal in town” for your family’s best friends. Call either location for more details! Serving the Northside for Over 50 Years! Best Deal in Town! For Your Family’s Best Friends Best Deal in Town! For Your Family’s Best Friends H Serving Florida since 1985 H www.burdensdoors.com Residential & Commercial Garage Doors & Openers 757-3033 Spring Replacement Special Installed! $125! By Kandace Lankford NJM Correspondent NEW BERLIN ROAD –– As Tara and Rick Foxworth do the dance of parenting two young children, they also continue to teach and mentor their extended family of more than 350 kids. For the past three years, the Foxworths have dedicated their time and their lives to instilling and enhancing a love for dance and the arts into their students at Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts. Along with devoting their hearts to the school and their students, they have also invested a lot of sweat equity into Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts. Soon after opening, the school’s enrollment exceeded expectations, and the suite that housed it was too small to accommodate all the students –– so they moved a few doors down to a space that was twice the size. Mr. Foxworth painstakingly did much of the work himself, including building the front desk, and building the floors in the classrooms. The Foxworths envisioned a school that had a family-oriented atmosphere –– a place where parents and siblings of the students could come in, sit comfortably and feel right at home. “When we started the school three years ago, we wanted to not only raise the bar to a higher level of arts in the community, but to be a place where parents know we truly care about their children and that they can trust us with their children,” Mr. Foxworth said. Mrs. Foxworth, a life-long dancer, began training at the age of five. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and received an associate’s degree in theatre at what is now know as Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) before going to Jacksonville University to earn a bachelor of arts in dance education and a bachelor of fine arts in dance. Additionally, Mrs. Foxworth has taken master classes from famous dance artists in New York. When she first opened the school, Mrs. Foxworth had a day time job directing the dance department at Lake Forest School of the Visual and Performing Arts, which feeds into LaVilla School of the Arts, but resigned to focus fully on Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts. Like Mrs. Foxworth, all of the instructors at Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts have college degrees or professional dance experience. “We have excellent teachers with an interesting mix of dance backgrounds,” said Mrs. Foxworth. “We have different teachers for different levels of dance, and they are all so creative with their choreography.” To allow for more personalized attention, class sizes are capped and kept small. Classes offered include classical ballet, pointe, lyrical, choreography, contemporary, creative movement, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, acrobatics, and pre-combination. “We are building an incredible dance company, with different teams from ages eight and up,” said Mrs. Foxworth. “This year, we won high awards at the dance competitions at the University of North Florida (UNF).” Dancers from Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts took a trip to New York last summer, where they took classes at the Broadway dance center. More recently, they danced at Downtown Disney, and took dance workshops at Epcot. “We try to give the experience of what it’s like to be a professional dancer,” said Mrs. Foxworth. For students age eight and up, beginning and advanced guitar classes are also offered –– taught by Mr. Foxworth. Mr. Foxworth, who was a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for 10 years, studied music and owned and operated a recording studio for six years. “Students not only learn how to play the guitar, they learn the theory behind the music,” he said. “I have a background as a recording engineer, so I can make high quality recordings of them in the studio.” The Foxworths envision expanding the school’s class offerings in the near future, to include a wider variety of choices. “One of our visions is to integrate art –– dance, guitar, voice, piano and musical theatre,” said Mr. Foxworth. “We want to offer a very diverse arts community right here in the middle of Oceanway, and we’re going to keep moving forward.” The Foxworths have just wrapped up another successful program year at the school and look forward to what the future holds –– because you never can tell what a new year will bring. The day after last year’s dance recital, Mrs. Foxworth learned that she would soon be bringing a new little dancer into the world, and her beautiful daughter, Olivia, was born in January of this year –– joining her brother, 18-month-old Nate. As Nate curiously explored the studio, turning up the sound system, Olivia’s feet moved with the music, kicking off one white, lacy sock. Mom and dad didn’t miss a beat –– they stepped in perfect time to their kids’ rhythm, making it look effortless. “The kids, that’s why we’re here,” said Mr.Foxworth, speaking of his 350 students as well as his own kids. “It’s not all about making money –– it’s about making special memories for the kids.” For information about summer classes, or for fall registration information, call Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts at 904-838-1340, or visit their website at www.oceanwayschoolofdance.com. Couple envisions a diverse arts community in Oceanway Tara and Rick Foxworth, and their 18-month-old son, Nate, and their 4- month-old daughter, Olivia, would like to welcome you to their extended family at Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts is located at 376 New Berlin Road, Suites 5 & 6 Students Hannah Graves (above) and Emily Johnston (below) demonstrate the technique and art form taught at Oceanway School of Dance & Performing Arts.