Tiffany Hollingsworth (formerly Swan) is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts where she studied under Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski. She also studied at the School of American Ballet (the official school of New York City Ballet), Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and with David Howard and Douglass Wassell. She attended the University of Alabama and the Harvard Summer Dance Program under full dance scholarships and performed with the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre where they were one of only two universities invited to perform at the Biennial Festival in Lyon, France. Tiffany danced professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet under Co-Artistic Directors Nicolas Pacana and Gregory Aaron dancing lead roles such as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Big Swan in Swan Lake, Ursula in the Little Mermaid, and Snow Queen, Arabian, Mirliton, Spanish, Chinese, and Winter Fairy (Sugar Plum Fairy Variation) in The Nutcracker. The directors also created an original ballet set on her entitled An Artist’s Life. Tiffany also guested with the Southeast Alabama Dance Company performing classic pieces such as “The Balcony Scene” for Romeo and Juliet as well as original pieces such as “Texas Canyons” which was invited to represent the southeast region of Regional Dance America at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. Mrs. Hollingsworth became Assistant Artistic Director of SEADAC in 2006, then Co-Artistic Director in 2008-2015. She received a full scholarship to the Craft of Choreography conference awarded by the Southeast Regional Ballet Association in 2010 for her piece entitled “Eventually…”. She travels all over the southeast teaching and choreographing while still making time to spend with her son, who is in college, and her husband, who currently resides in Georgia. When Tiffany is not teaching or choreographing she spends her time using her knowledge and experience fitting pointe shoes at Li-Bo’s Dance Barre, Inc..
Jordan Gulledge received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Troy University. She has trained with former and current members of the Joffery Ballet, Kyle Abraham with Abraham in Motion, Patrick Corbin Dance Company, José Limón Dance Company, the Martha Graham Company, Sidra Bell Dance NYC, Gallim Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Randall Flinn, Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company. Jordan is an artist, director, choreographer, dance educator, performer, and lover of moving dancers through space. Jordan has had several of her works featured throughout Alabama, including The Alabama Dance Festival, and also at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Jordan is currently the director of theatre and dance for Northview Christian Church in Dothan and Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. “I spend my time as a pioneer, challenging the minds of young dancers, to become something more than another dancer. To look past the talent, dig a little deeper, and discover the artist and creativity within them.”
Melissa Sue Vair is an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) 200-hour certified yoga instructor with additional certifications in: Children’s yoga ages 2 – 7 through Next Generation Yoga; 17 hours toward her pre/post natal certification; Mindful Yoga Therapy for Military Veterans. Additionally, Melissa is also in the process of training for her 600-hour Professional Yoga Therapy certification. In the Fall of 2015, Melissa will graduate with her Master’s in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from Troy University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wells College in Women’s Studies magna cum laude in 2010. Melissa Vair is the Executive Director of Mesuva Studios a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing yoga with the Wiregrass area. Because she has experienced the healing benefits yoga provides firsthand in healing her own afflictions with anxiety and OCD, it has been her personal mission to share it with every one since. Melissa’s personal mantra is practice, patience, and perseverance. Melissa is a giver of hugs, a lover of avocados, and she still sleeps with a teddy bear. She wants you to know how worthy of your own love you truly are.
Porter Grubbs is a dance artist from Dothan, AL, where he began dancing his Junior year of high school at Oz Dance Center. He has spent two years in formal training at Troy University and has attended prestigious dance intensives such as the American Dance Festival, where he was on scholarship for six weeks in Durham, NC. His choreography has been featured in multiple performances at Troy University as well as in showcases at the American Dance Festival, Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery in Atlanta, and at the Alabama Dance Festival New Works Concert. Porter has studied extensively with acclaimed artists such as Brenda Daniels, Wes Chapman, and Gerri Houlihan, and he has performed repertory by Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, and an excerpt of a new work by Kyle Abraham titled The Watershed.
As the artistic director of Oz Dance Center Tara strives to be the most dedicated and inspirational teacher possible. She started taking dance lessons at the age of 8 from Oz Performing Arts Centre. At the age of 18, she moved to Chicago where she continued her dance education. Her professional training was received from Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago where she trained under many world renowned teachers and choreographers including Gus Giordano, Nan Giordano, John Lehrer, Eddie Ocampo, and Billy Siegenfeld. After moving to Los Angeles she trained under various instructors at The Edge in Hollywood, CA. Tara worked professionally as a dancer for the MTV Movie Awards with the Pussy Cat Dolls, toured the USA with X-box and Wayne Foster Entertainment and starred in a Backstreet Boys video. Her many television credits include CSI Miami, The O.C., Numbers, and Spin City. Movie credits include Old School, American Pie 2, Gigli, and In The Mix. Its has always been Tara’s dream to share the gift of dance with children of all ages and backgrounds. Her mission is to create a fun and innovative dance environment while encouraging self esteem, respect, and discipline in all students.
Camille Whaley is a native of the Wiregrass area. She received her early dance education at Oz Dance Center. After graduation, she further pursued her career in dance at Florida State University. In 2006, she and her husband relocated closer to home and she came on as faculty for Oz Dance Center. For almost 10 years, she has taught many different ages and forms of dance ranging from Creative Movement up to Advanced Pointe. She also spent those years at Oz Dance Center choreographing and rehearsing for their award winning competition team.
Brittney is a true triple threat singer, dancer and actress. Brittney received her professional training from Chipola College with dance training from OZ Dance Center and Millsaps Dance Studio. Brittney is the choreographer for Dothan High School Dance Line and constantly works as choreographer for numerous show choirs, theatre departments and dance teams in the Southeast.
Lauren comes to Dothan all the way from Owensboro, KY, where she trained for thirteen years with Joy Johnson and Owensboro Dance Theatre. Lauren has worked as a counselor for Jazz on Tap on Tour and has performed throughout the country as well as Costa Rica. She received her professional training at Western Kentucky University where she was a company member and Dance major with a Stage Electrics minor. She worked wardrobe and electrics for a variety mix of touring Broadway shows. She was a principal dancer for Patti Rutland Jazz for three seasons.