TARA ADKINS REILEY
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. She was a company member of Patti Rutland Jazz from 1992-2010. 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.
Tiffany 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. Ms. Swan 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…”. Tiffany taught at Troy University for 4 semesters helping them build their dance program and choreographed Footloose for the theatre department in 2008. She travels all over the southeast teaching and choreographing and has worked with the Henry County Arts Alliance in McDonough, GA, choreographing the Level 2 performances for 16 years. 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. in Dothan, AL.
Sydney received her early training at Oz Dance Center. She started taking dance at the age of 8 and quickly realized that this was her passion. She continued to work hard training and was an apprentice company member of Patti Rutland Jazz for 3 years. She also earned a place on Oz Dance Center’s Elite Competition Team for 6 years. Sydney is currently a junior at Troy University in Troy, AL where she pursuing her BFA in Dance.
Shelby started dancing at the age of 4 and began competing at age 6 with her first tap solo at age 7. She studied dance a Kelley School of Dance and Performing Arts Spectrum before she joined Oz Dance Center. Shelby won many state, regional and national titles in clogging at the early age of 11. She was an Elite member of Oz Dance Center’s Competition Team for 3 years. and has been teaching and apprentice teaching for 4 years. Shelby was a member of Troy University’s Sound of the South Dance Team from 2015-2016. She recently moved back home to pursue a nursing degree from Wallace CC and will be furthering her degree to a nursing anesthesia degree.
Our student and apprentice teachers are a wonderful group of older dancers that have been trained to assist our dance teachers in class and step in as substitutes when an instructor is absent. Jr Apprentice teachers assist our instructors and Apprentice teachers.